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Newswise: City Parks Lift Mood as Much as Christmas, Twitter Study Shows
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    20-Aug-2019 12:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 717534

City Parks Lift Mood as Much as Christmas, Twitter Study Shows

University of Vermont

New research shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than before their visit—and that their elevated mood lasts for up to four hours. The effect is so strong that it’s equivalent to the mood spike on Christmas, the happiest day each year on Twitter. With increasing urbanization and mood disorders, this research may have powerful implications for public health and urban planning.

15-Aug-2019 1:30 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 716147

Informatics researchers leading the way in developing ‘smart city’ floodwater management

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professors Eck Doerry and Ben Ruddell are collaborating with water engineers in the city of Phoenix and Flagstaff for a pilot program that uses traffic cameras and crowd-sourced data to track and predict flooding during monsoon season.

22-Jul-2019 12:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 715978

Developing techniques to repair, construct bridges, roadways

South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University researchers will develop innovative techniques to repair and construct bridges and roadways through a new U.S. Department of Transportation-funded research center.

17-Jul-2019 4:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 715548

UNH Research Finds Thicker Pavement is More Cost Effective Down the Road

University of New Hampshire

As the summer months heat up, so will the asphalt and other materials used to make roads. Pavements, which are vulnerable to increased temperatures and excessive flooding due to sea level rise, can crack and crumble. Climate change can be a major contributor and as greenhouse gas emissions continue, which scientists say have caused an increase in global temperatures since the mid-20th century, these issues are projected to accelerate. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say because of this one of the best ways to extend the life cycle of roads, and keep future costs down, is to increase the thickness of asphalt on certain roads.

10-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 713894

It’s Alive! UNH Researchers Create Innovative “Living” Bridge

University of New Hampshire

Engineers at the University of New Hampshire have designed a unique living laboratory on a heavily traveled iconic bridge which could change the way infrastructure is viewed. The Memorial Bridge, which links Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine, has been outfitted with data sensors that have transformed it into a self-diagnosing, self-reporting “smart” bridge that captures a range of information from the health of the span to the environment around it.

4-Jun-2019 9:40 AM EDT
Newswise: ‘Major Step Forward’: Mechanical Engineer Developing a More Accurate Failure Prediction Model for Ductile Metals

Article ID: 713581

‘Major Step Forward’: Mechanical Engineer Developing a More Accurate Failure Prediction Model for Ductile Metals

Northern Arizona University

Heidi Feigenbaum, a professor at Northern Arizona University, received a $544,758 grant from the U.S. Department of the Army to develop a mathematical model that will more accurately predict how the materials in bridges, pipes and other infrastructure will react to stressors with the goal of building safe and cost-effective projects.

28-May-2019 6:05 PM EDT
Newswise: As Climate Changes, Small Increases in Rainfall May Cause Widespread Road Outages
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Article ID: 712520

As Climate Changes, Small Increases in Rainfall May Cause Widespread Road Outages

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

As more rain falls on a warming planet, a new computer model shows that it may not take a downpour to cause widespread disruption of road networks. The model combined data on road networks with the hills and valleys of topography to reveal “tipping points” at which even small localized increases in rain cause widespread road outages.

7-May-2019 3:10 PM EDT
26-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT

Law and Public Policy

Newswise: Tracking urban gentrification, one building at a time
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Article ID: 709272

Tracking urban gentrification, one building at a time


A new deep-mapping computer model can detect visual changes to individual properties, allowing researchers to more-rapidly track gentrification within neighborhoods and cities, according to a study published March 13, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Lazar Ilic, Michael Sawada, and Amaury Zarzelli of the University of Ottawa, Canada.

7-Mar-2019 11:05 AM EST

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