Five parishes in Louisiana want to create a taxing district that would be used to build a bridge over the Mississippi River. A public-private partnership involving tolls could fund the $1 billion bridge project, says state Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen.
Richard Murdocco of Stony Brook University writes that congestion pricing in New York City can be designed to benefit people in all five boroughs of the city, as well as its suburbs. Murdocco writes that a "healthy mix of smart policymaking and sound planning" is necessary to an effective plan.
Commissioners in Maryland's Calvert County announced this week that property owners will see their tax rate decrease in 2019, despite a $14.7 million budget increase. Officials also announced that county staff members will receive cost of living increases and step increases.
City officials in Phoenix have voted in favor of joining a lawsuit challenging the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 US Census. Officials say about 213,000 non-citizens live in Phoenix and deterring them from participating in the Census could cost the city federal funding.
Officials in Toronto have activated emergency protocols and may use municipal facilities as temporary housing for the rising tide of refugees entering the city. Mayor John Tory is calling for a coordinated regional response to provide shelter space outside the city and help cover costs for refugee services.
A battery for electric vehicles made from lithium and sulfur could improve energy density five times and charging rate up to 10 times over conventional lithium-ion batteries. The Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research has said lithium-sulfur batteries are the most likely successor to lithium-ion batteries.
Norway's growth in electric vehicle use in recent years had not resulted in lower oil consumption, writes Robert Rapier, citing Norway's population growth and the continued use of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles to account for the disparity. But data for 2017 show Norway's fuel consumption may now be on the decline, Rapier writes.
Online crowdsourcing and robotics will soon combine to help clean up the Chicago River. A battery-powered floating robot is equipped with a beaklike tool to grab floating garbage as directed by users online taking turns at the controls.
Nanoparticles may provide an answer where few good options exist to fight glioblastoma, an especially pernicious form of brain cancer. The liposome particles developed by researchers at MIT are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and delivering two types of carefully selected cancer-fighting drugs.
Steve Jobs demanded brutally honest feedback from his underlings but realized they'd naturally be reluctant to deliver such frank assessments. To overcome this hesitance, Jobs would assemble his team and then alternate repeatedly between two simple questions -- What's working? and What isn't? -- asked of individual members.