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EV Maker Licenses Smart Charger Technology

Electric vehicle maker Zap (Santa Rosa, Calif.) has licensed technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to build user-programmable EV chargers. Zap plans to use the technology in future vehicles and chargers for the U.S. and Asian markets....A rush is on to develop and deploy low cost home and public chargers for the cars before they hit the road. A coalition supporting the Leaf, for example, aims to install a network of public charging stations in select western U.S.

Deciphering the Movement of Pedestrians in a Crowd

How do pedestrians move in the street? How do they interact? Researchers from the Centre de recherches sur la cognition animale (Université Toulouse 3 / CNRS), in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, have carried out a series of studies to improve understanding of the group behavior of pedestrians in urban environments. Published on April 7th in PLoS ONE, their results establish realistic models of crowd dynamics to improve pedestrian traffic management.

China Looks to Rails to Carry Its Next Economic Boom

From one end of the country to the other, China is in the midst of a railroad boom that promises to transform the world’s third-largest economy, after those of the United States and Japan. By making it easier to move people and goods, the railroad mania will gradually shift the center of economic gravity inland, accelerating the development of central and western China in an echo of America’s experience in the 19th century.

Vote Delayed on Pollution Guidelines for Bay Area Developments

Responding to criticism that the guidelines could discourage development in areas near freeways and industries, the Bay Area Air Quality Board has decided to hold two more public workshops and separate meetings with city and county planners before taking the vote....The air district is proposing the guidelines to help cities and counties decide when to require developers to conduct studies on whether their projects cause pollution with potential health risks.

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