The Surgeon General's New Prescription for America: Get Off Your Butts and Walk

Every few years, the US Surgeon General issues a recommendation for the country, like encouraging Americans to use sunblock or breastfeed their kids. These are usually public health no-brainers, where the science has determined that Americans would absolutely be better off if they all followed this medical advice.… »9/09/15 7:50pm9/09/15 7:50pm

Trees Can Make An Urban Stroll Better For Your Mental Health

We know we should walk more, we hear it all the time. Don’t sit too much, stand up every once in awhile, stroll around a bit, better yet, take all your meetings on foot. But not all walks are created equal. It turns out where we walk matters, and a natural setting can not only provide physical benefits but also do… »7/24/15 3:50pm7/24/15 3:50pm

I'd Live In These Apartments Built In the Middle of an Extra-Wide Street

Most American streets are far too wide, which uses up valuable urban space, is dangerous for pedestrians, and actually makes traffic worse. That’s why many cities are trying to hand over more street space to transit, biking and walking. But what if we took the lanes devoted to cars and turned it into housing? It… »6/24/15 12:20pm6/24/15 12:20pm

Every City Should Give Seniors a Card That Extends the Crosswalk Time

We've all seen what happens when someone can't cross the street in the allotted signal time—the pedestrian gets frustrated and drivers get mad. A program in Singapore lets seniors swipe a card at an intersection so the signal will give them extra time to cross. It's a smart solution to a problem that's increasingly… »8/07/14 1:43pm8/07/14 1:43pm

A Tiny Scout-Bot Helps This Four-Legged Robot Find the Safest Path

There's no point in sugar coating it, even the most advanced autonomous walking robots straight-up suck compared to humans and animals. They're constantly tripping and stumbling over various types of terrain, which is why researchers at UC Berkeley and ETH Zurich have come up with a clever little scout bot that teams… »6/11/14 2:20pm6/11/14 2:20pm