1. thisiscitylab:

    Even though this map clearly shows more than half of the Genius Grant winners found themselves in either New York or California at the time they won the grant, if you adjust the numbers for population, there are more MacArthur Fellows living in the relative quietude offered by Alaska, New Mexico, and Vermont, per capita, than in the bustle of America’s biggest cities. Maybe these Geniuses are onto something.

    -Where Geniuses Live

  2. everydaymermaid:

    People are fascinating…

    (via goodideaexchange)

  3. forbes:

    Could the Roosevelts exist in today’s America?

  5. (via Pakistan’s First Solar Project Is One Of The World’s Largest | ThinkProgress)

    “If you come here after one and a half years, you will see a river of solar panels, residential buildings and offices — it will be a new world,” said site engineer Muhammad Sajid, pointing towards the surrounding desert.

    This is big news for a country suffering from chronic energy shortages that leave people without power for large chunks of the day on a regular basis. And then there’s the nearly half of the households that aren’t even connected to the grid, according to a World Bank study. When temperatures soar in the summer, electricity demand can fall short by around 4,000 megawatts.



  8. North Dakota has added about 100,000 workers since 2009, leading the nation in population growth. Moreover, many of those new residents are male: “From 2009 to 2013, the number of men in North Dakota increased by 14% (46,000), compared with a 9% increase among women (30,000).” Hence the term, “man rush.”

    Given the current energy and population boom in North Dakota, the Pew Research Center, “thought back to the late 1800s with the silver rush in Colorado and Alaska’s oil boom in the 1970s, and then examined census data from those periods. It turns out that North Dakota’s population boom is not nearly as large as these two other moments in history.” 

    Source: Planetizen

  9. Today’s Williston is unrecognisable to its former self. Thanks to the shale-oil boom, what was once an isolated city in the emptiest corner of the continent is now the fastest-growing small centre in North America. It has the highest average wages in the US and the worst housing shortage. It is the most expensive place in the US in which to rent new housing. And it is wracked with cultural conflict between about 12,000 long-time Williston residents and at least 21,000 newcomers who’ve arrived over the past five-odd years.

    (via Welcome to Williston, North Dakota: America’s new gold rush city | Cities | The Guardian)


  10. When completed in 2016, the Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project will trap 1.6 million tons of carbon annually from one unit of NRG’s WA Parish power plant and pipe it 82 miles (132 km) to the West Ranch Oil Field.

  11. Infographic: Global Cities With The Highest Millionaire Density
    from Niall McCarthy„ statista.com

    According to a study carried out by Spear’s magazine and wealth consultancy company WealthInsight, the tiny principality of Monaco has the highest density of millionaires in the world. Well known for …

    (Source: smartercities)

  12. parsonsadmission:

    Simple, really.

  13. thisbigcity:

    It’s been almost two years since Superstorm Sandy hit New York City and caused unprecedented chaos. 8.5 million people were left without electricity, and 650,000 houses and 100,000 companies were either damaged or destroyed.

    Since then, numerous ideas have emerged with a view to making New York more resilient. 

    Here’s six of them


  14. "In 2017 Tesla will debut a new iteration of the electric car: the Model 3. Unlike its electric siblings — the Roadster, the Model S and the yet to be released Model x — it will have a far more affordable price tag. In fact that price tag, $35,000, is roughly half that of the $69,000 Model S and far less than the Roadster."
  15. subtilitas:

    Livio Vacchini - Power plant, Giubiasco 2010. Perhaps a nod to the 1964 Swiss Expo. Photos (C) Marco Introini