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Can An Elevated Bus Solve China's Traffic Woes?

By Jeffrey Shao on June 24, 2016
Can An Elevated Bus Solve China's Traffic Woes?

To state that China has traffic issues is an understatement. A 2015 study conducted by navigation system maker TomTom revealed that the country is home to five of the top twenty most traffic congested cities in the world. Though Chinese authorities have tried to control the traffic flow with tactics that range from charging road tolls to building expressways with 50 lanes, nothing appears to be working. Now, some engineers are proposing an ingenious solution to ease the country’s traffic woes — An elevated bus that glides over cars!

The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

By Meera Dolasia on June 2, 2016
The 3-D Zebra Crossings That Are Making India's Roads Safer For Pedestrians

Zebra crossings — the alternating dark and light stripes on the road surface — are meant to alert drivers that pedestrians may be trying to get across. Unfortunately, they are not very effective. A 1998 study done by the Department of Traffic Planning and Engineering at Sweden’s Lund University, revealed that three out of four drivers maintained the same speed or even accelerated as they were approaching a crossing. Even worse? Only 5% stopped even when they saw someone trying to get across. Now a mother-daughter team in Ahmedabad, India have devised a clever way to get drivers to pay more attention — A zebra crossing with an optical illusion.

Award-Winning "SignAloud" Glove Translates American Sign Language To Speech

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 22, 2016
Award-Winning "SignAloud" Glove Translates American Sign Language To Speech

Hundreds of thousands of hearing-impaired people in the United States and many parts of Canada rely solely on American Sign Language (ASL) for communication. But popular as the language is, there are millions of people with normal hearing that are unable to decipher the hand and finger gestures. That may change soon thanks to the ingenious “SignAloud” glove that converts sign language into speech.

Video Of The Week — Muggles Play Quidditch Harry Potter Style

By Meera Dolasia on May 16, 2016
Video Of The Week — Muggles Play Quidditch Harry Potter Style

Harry Potter’s favorite game Quidditch, has been a legitimate sport at high schools and colleges worldwide for over a decade. But no Muggle has ever played the game flying across the sky on a broomstick like the wizards did in J.K. Rowling’s popular book series.

Seven-Year-Old Anaya Ellick Proves "Disability Is Not Inability"

By Meera Dolasia on May 14, 2016
Seven-Year-Old Anaya Ellick Proves "Disability Is Not Inability"

To win a national award for handwriting, especially in this digital age, is an achievement in itself. But what makes Anaya Ellick’s accolade extra special is that the seven-year-old accomplished the feat despite having no hands. Even more amazing? The first-grader from Chesapeake, Virginia, who won the prestigious Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship, on April 11, does not use prosthetics. The young girl produces her perfect penmanship by standing close to her desk with her pencil firmly gripped between her forearms.

Meet Root, A Robot That Teaches Kids To Code

By Kim Bussing on May 3, 2016
Meet Root, A Robot That Teaches Kids To Code

Mention the word "coding" and the first image that comes to mind is a complicated algorithm that has no relationship to the real world. It is, therefore, no wonder that most kids steer away from learning this skill that is becoming increasingly important in today's world. Now, thanks to a small robot created by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute even kids as young as five, will be clamoring to program.

Japan's New Train Will Be "Invisible"

By Alexis Baro on April 24, 2016
Japan's New Train Will Be "Invisible"

Japan is famous for its state-of-the-art high-speed railway system. In 2015, its Magnetic Levitation or, Maglev train, which gets its name because it hovers 10 cm above the tracks, set a new speed world record of 375 mph (603km/hr). Now the innovative island nation wants to build a train that features a mirror-like exterior and blends in so well with the environment, that it will be practically "invisible."

Edible Cutlery: A Delicious Way To Reduce Plastic Waste

By Shariqua Ahmed on April 13, 2016
Edible Cutlery: A Delicious Way To Reduce Plastic Waste

Tossing a plastic spoon or fork into the trash after using it once is not just acceptable; it is fashionable. Experts estimate that over 40 billion pieces of plastic cutlery end up in the garbage each year - And that's just in the US. The numbers are even worse in India where an astounding 120 billion pieces clog the landfills annually. But that may change soon thanks to Indian entrepreneur Narayana Peesapaty, whose start-up Bakey's transforms mundane cutlery into delicious treats!

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