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What range anxiety?

Christopher DeMoro:

Electric vehicles are finally starting to saturate the market, though some of the same old arguments continue to be made against the limited range of EV’s. But a new study but two doctoral students claims that 95% of all single-destination trips could be made by today’s electric vehicles.

Once we expedite recharging times, there will be no reason not to get an electric car.

Abandoned America

Having grown up in the Midwest, I’ve also seen titans of industry decay into dilapidated ruins. But even after seeing such decline happen in real life, I still find myself clicking through dozens of slideshows of ruin porn like this one. I know I’m not alone.

Most detailed map of U.S. forests yet

Many web sites are billing this as a map of “every tree” in the U.S. Not possible. While it is the most detailed nation-wide map of U.S. forests to date, its resolution is only 30 meters per pixel. That’s good, but not nearly detailed enough to pick out every tree in the country.

Amazonian deforestation reveals lost cities

Simone Romero at the New York Times:

The deforestation that has stripped the Amazon since the 1970s has also exposed a long-hidden secret lurking underneath thick rain forest: flawlessly designed geometric shapes spanning hundreds of yards in diameter.

I see ghosts.

Universities don't want to be saviors

Nate Berg at the Atlantic Cities:

“We really can’t believe that universities can save cities,” said Gene Block, chancellor at the University of California Los Angeles. He argues that even though universities contribute to a city’s culture and economy, they can’t be fully relied upon to solve major foundational problems should they arise.

I think Block and his fellow panelists are being a bit disingenuous. Many state universities were founded with the purpose of disseminating know-how that would help the region prosper. For many public university systems, that was back in the 1800s when the economy revolved around agriculture, mining, and forestry. Many universities retain such extension programs, but haven’t done much to develop analogous departments that focus on cities. Side-stepping the issue like this shows a lack of imagination.