advertisement advertisement advertisement Most car owners have heard the arguments about why they shouldn’t drive–alternative transportation is cheaper, healthier, better for the environment, and, if you walk or bike, can make you happier . But even when public transit is readily available or a bike is in the garage, many people still choose to drive. A public service campaign touting the same old messages isn’t likely to have that much of an effect. advertisement advertisement What might work, instead, is borrowing a technique from addiction treatment. For the last few years, the U.K.-based transportation consultancy Steer Davies Gleave has been using a technique called motivational interviewing , originally developed to help alcoholics stop drinking, to get people out of their cars. Instead of telling people that they should change their habits, or trying to impose any sense of guilt, the technique focuses on listening to … [Read more...] about One Way To Get Drivers Out Of Cars? Anti-Addiction Therapy
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advertisement advertisement advertisement The United States Postal Service, beloved for its adorable dog costumes, beautifully designed stamps, and being an American tradition, is redesigning its iconic mail delivery trucks. advertisement advertisement The new truck, which will come to a neighborhood near you starting in 2023, will be designed and manufactured by Oshkosh Defense, a tactical vehicle manufacturer. The proportions of the new design, which has a slim, low-to-the ground front hood and super-tall carriage and front window, has caused some critics to note that it looks a bit cartoonish (either Pixar or Big Mouth , take your pick). Those kinds of comparisons don’t exactly read “sophisticated.” But initial reactions aside, experts say there shouldn’t really be a controversy. The chassis are flexible: They can work with both electric batteries or standard engines, which can be retrofitted later. The new fleet … [Read more...] about Why the new USPS mail truck should be even dorkier
advertisement advertisement advertisement In the first-ever season of Sesame Street , in 1970, cast member Bob McGrath appeared in a memorable sketch where he receives a delivery from his local grocer, a grumpy blue muppet. “Did you get everything I ordered?” McGrath asks. “No,” comes the reply, but he’s helpfully supplemented the delivery with other fresh veggies. McGrath breaks into song, a version of the now iconic “People in Your Neighborhood,” to explain to kids the role a grocer plays in the community. The grocer is the bearer of sustenance. advertisement advertisement A few weeks ago, during Super Bowl LV, “People in Your Neighborhood” got remixed into an anthem for the app-based delivery platform DoorDash to signal to the world that it is expanding from restaurants to convenience and grocery. In a crisp 60 seconds, a tap dancing Daveed Diggs ( Hamilton )—directed by French auteur Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of … [Read more...] about If DoorDash wins, what do we lose?
advertisement advertisement advertisement Everyone from carmakers to smartphone companies are having the same problem: They can’t get enough semiconductors to put into their products. And don’t just think this means laptops and smartphones. A lack of chips has resulted in some major companies having to pause the manufacturing of products you might not necessarily think of when it comes to semiconductors—like cars, for example. Both GM and Ford have had to shut down the production of some of their models recently because they didn’t have the computer chips the cars required. advertisement And this lack of semiconductors isn’t just a problem for manufacturers. The Biden administration is so worried about it that the president has signed an executive order calling for a review of the semiconductor supply chain. So just what is the problem? It comes down to there main factors, according to MarketWatch : The COVID-19 pandemic: It should be … [Read more...] about Why is there a silicon chip shortage? 3 factors are to blame
advertisement advertisement advertisement In 1949, when she was 14 years old, Claudia Coger dropped out of high school. Despite being an A+ student and having skipped two grades, she knew that college was out of reach—she was the second of 10 kids, growing up in Sumter County, Florida, and there was no indication, she says, that scholarships would be available to her. It’s a reality for too many kids: Students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out of high school than those from middle-income families, and 10 times more likely than students from high-income families, which affects how much they can earn out of school and contributes to the racial wealth gap. advertisement advertisement Now 85, Coger is helping ensure that kids in the Astoria Houses, the public housing complex in Astoria, Queens, where she’d lived since moving to New York at 20 , don’t have to make that same choice. Coger helmed a … [Read more...] about How this Queens community built $1,000 college savings accounts for all its kids