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Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city?

Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city?
How do you fancy living in a city with which you can interact? A city that acts more like a living organism, a city that can respond to your needs. Around the world such cities are already being built, from Masdar in Abu Dhabi to Songdo in South Korea. Now the chaotic city near you may be in line for a makeover. In the future everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network. Buildings will turn off the lights for you, self-driving cars will find you that sought-after parking space, even the rubbish bins will be smart. But how do we get to this smarter future. And is it a future we even want? Technology firms such as IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Intel and Cisco are busy selling their software to solve a range of city problems, from water leaks to air pollution to traffic congestion. In total IBM has some 2,500 smarter cities projects around the world and has even trademarked the term "smarter cities". Citizen network

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Life in the city versus life in the country I have to be honest, life in Vienna is pretty great. Ok that's me being a bit British about it, life here is incredibly fun. Although I am originally a country girl (I come from a small English village), I am loving the city experience. There is so much to see and do and a never ending list of cool restaurants to try and places to explore. But last weekend I decided it was time to venture out of the city and into the Austrian countryside for once, which I had heard was beautiful. So, in search of rolling green fields and snow-capped mountains we hopped on a train to Innsbruck, a small city in the Tyrol area known for skiing.

«Mars-500» project 4th of November 2011 is the finish of the experiment on simulation of a manned flight to Mars (“Mars-500” project). After the exit out of the experimental facility six crewmembers will be in observation regime (without a possibility to communicate with media), during which they will pass a thorough medical examination. Completion of the experiment and the crew exit out of the facility will be transmitted on-line through the satellite. Building cities of the future now 21 February 2013Last updated at 01:14 ET By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Technology being used in urban communities around the world hints at how we may live in the cities of the future Around the world new cities are being built while those we have lived in for centuries are being upgraded for the future. It is partly a reaction to over-crowding and pollution and partly because in an ever-connected world it makes increasing sense to hook entire cities up to the network. A smarter city may mean one that uses data on traffic to ease congestion or one that aims to join up services to provide better information for citizens. For many it is about making cities greener and more efficient.

Rural bliss? For some, living in the countryside is a dream come true. Escaping the noise and bustle of the city and entering the peace and quiet of the countryside is undeniably beneficial. For a start, there are big, open spaces where you can walk completely surrounded by nature, not an electricity pylon or skyscraper in sight. The air is fresh and clean, unpolluted by cars and factory smog. People tend to know each other better, and there is often a real sense of community in small towns that is rarely found in big cities. However, for someone who has lived in large towns and cities for my whole life, country life takes quite some adjusting to. NASA Curiosity Rover To Drill First Martian Sandstone 'Windjana' : Science By Rebekah Marcarelli | Apr 27, 2014 02:48 PM EDT "NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has driven within robotic-arm's reach of the sandstone slab at the center of this April 23 view from the rover's Mast Camera. The rover team plans to have Curiosity examine a target patch on the rock, called "Windjana," to aid a decision about whether to drill there." (Photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) NASA's Curiosity rover is set to inspect a slab of sandstone that could be a potential drilling target. The rock could be the first drilling target that is not a mudstone, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory news release reported.

What could design a city? As part of its project on the cities of the future, the BBC asked a series of experts to explain their vision of where they would like to live in the future. With input from those who are planning new cities to people who are retro-fitting old ones and even a child's view of the future, we asked one simple question: "What if you could design a city from scratch?" We have had some intriguing answers, from those who think the smart cities of the future will rely on technology to those who want to put people centre stage. And for the children, who will after all be the citizens of these future urban spaces, the vision is more fantastical. But then, who wouldn't want a city with tree-high swimming pools full of sweets?

Like two different worlds I come from London in England - a very big city! Over 8 million people live in London, and it's always busy with tourists from other places too. So moving to a little town with only 15,000 people was a big change for me! I am living in a little countryside town in Germany at the moment. Could These Futuristic Buildings Really Change Human Behavior? Some of these buildings looks like something Godzilla stepped on or chewed and spat. But that sea garbage collector is beatiful and an amazing idea. Until it swallows an unsuspecting sea lion. I believe they thought about that.

Tomorrow's cities: How big data is changing the world 27 August 2013Last updated at 22:50 GMT By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Should happiness become a general measurement of city life? You may not be that bothered about the idea of living in a smart city but I bet you'd love to live in one that was happy. The data to measure the happiness of a city is already all around us, in the tweets we send on an hourly basis to the profiles we share on Facebook. And increasingly that data is being captured and analysed to gauge the health and happiness of a nation.

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