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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means and how to respond. Urban Scrawl: Poverty Moves to the Suburbs. North America is seeing a rising change in the distribution of wealth in its cities.

Urban Scrawl: Poverty Moves to the Suburbs

Maps recently released by Andrei Scheinkman and Timothy Wallace based on research from the Brookings Institution show a concentration of rising poverty rates in many suburban neighbourhoods across the United States, a trend heavily impacted by the recent financial crisis. As mentioned in earlier posts, this financial crisis was largely created by the default of risky sub-prime mortgages, many of which were located in America's suburban areas. Poverty pockets growing in suburbs. By Noor JavedStaff Reporter Thu., Oct. 25, 2012.

Poverty pockets growing in suburbs

Naked approach. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means and how to respond. A flying drone taxi is provisionally cleared for takeoff. Vehicle automation: The missing piece in Canada’s green infrastructure puzzle. David Ticoll is Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Vehicle automation: The missing piece in Canada’s green infrastructure puzzle

As Canadian governments contemplate massive investments in green technologies and new infrastructure, they seem to be ignoring an important piece of the puzzle: the potential (and the risks) of the coming wave of vehicle automation. Wednesday’s otherwise impressive announcements from the Government of Ontario are no exception. More than a million jobs are involved in the construction, use, care and feeding of this country’s cars and trucks. Fuels and lubricants, whose emissions overheat the planet and whose airborne toxins cause 20,000 premature deaths every year, are central to Canada’s oil economy. The 9-to-5 day could end for many feds as Metro repairs make flexible schedules the norm.

Commuters wait on the platform at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro station in northern Virginia on Monday morning.

The 9-to-5 day could end for many feds as Metro repairs make flexible schedules the norm

Overcrowding on platforms and extended delays are expected to continue due to the Metro SafeTrack surge project. (Photos by Amanda Voisard for The Washington Post) The government has grown so concerned that its Washington-area workers can’t get to the office on time during the massive Metro repairs that started this week that it’s now urging federal offices to change their employees’ work schedules. Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You. Libya is already a mess, but things may be about to take a serious turn for the worse.

Soon Your City Will Know Everything About You

Only a few months have passed since the United Nations helped Libyans to cobble together a unity government that was supposed to end the country’s two-year civil war. Generation Uphill. Ethnographies of Future Infrastructures. By Laura Forlano, IIT Institute of Design Article 4 in the series Data, Design and Civics: Ethnographic Perspectives On April 1, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced a $317 million federally funded initiative in textile innovation and manufacturing—a national consortium of public and private organizations to be led by MIT.

Ethnographies of Future Infrastructures

It’s only the most recent project of the Obama administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, a major effort to re-invigorate the American economy. This ambitious initiative to build manufacturing infrastructure nationwide plans an initial network of 45 Manufacturing Innovation Institutes over 10 years.


Recreation. Transit funding will drive Canadian cities into the future. By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Climate and Clean Energy Communications and Research Specialist Steve Kux Many people think of Canada as a landscape of forests, mountains, water and ice, but the Canadian experience is fast becoming focused on glass and concrete.

Transit funding will drive Canadian cities into the future

Our 2011 census revealed that 81 per cent of us now live in cities. And despite taking up less land space, our environmental impact continues to grow. As the UN notes, cities cover only two per cent of the world's land area but produce 60 per cent of CO2 emissions — including a significant proportion from urban transportation, as people commute to school and work on increasingly crowded roads and transit networks. Subscribe to Science Matters Changing the way we move through cities is a critical step in reducing carbon emissions. Age-friendly environments. La Suisse pourrait créer un réseau de transport de marchandises souterrain. NCCAH > Hidden Assumptions in Mental Health. Colonial Norms as Determinants of Aboriginal Mental Health October 2012 – With Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day both falling in October, the timing is right for our new publication that explores both historical and ongoing mental health impacts of colonialism.

NCCAH > Hidden Assumptions in Mental Health

How soft robots will help sick kids and the elderly walk. The SRI International campus is nestled on a quiet tree-lined Silicon Valley street, down the road from a high school and a seminary.

How soft robots will help sick kids and the elderly walk

The commuter train runs nearby. Its buildings are nondescript brick constructions that harken back to the 1970s. By all accounts, it’s a rather unimpressive place. Top Trends in Child Care - Child Care is Changing. Child care is evolving, and most care providers and parents agree the changes are for the best.

Top Trends in Child Care - Child Care is Changing

What are some of the latest trends in child care and what should parents be looking for when making an all-important child care decision? Child Care Is Catering to Budget-Minded Families More parents are taking a careful look at child care costs, and decisions to reduce hours or even pull their kids out of organized programs entirely due to job losses or expenses are affecting child care providers as well. As a result, more providers are offering flexible hours, keeping rates the same or even reducing them in some cases, and working out pay arrangements for struggling families to encourage families to stay.

Special programs or fees are also being scrutinized as providers scramble to find ways to lessen costs while maintaining a quality care program for kids. Child Care is Now Early Education No longer is child care for young children simply babysitting. Drop-In Child Care is More Common. New horizons for infrastructure investing. Investors are having trouble finding attractive deals. They might be looking in the wrong places. The world needs new infrastructure—$57 trillion worth over the next 15 years, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. That’s an enormous sum, but as investors well know, there is no shortage of capital. Institutional investors are jumping in with both feet; indeed, infrastructure is now seen as an asset class in its own right.

Limited partners and giant sovereign-wealth funds are putting money into play.