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Study: Car Sharing Stalls Under Tax Burdens, Competition

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Researchers at DePaul University found that car rental taxes originally aimed at tourists and business travelers are hurting the car-sharing sector.

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In the News: Drivers Frustrated by Lane Merge Method

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It’s called “zipper merge,” and more and more transportation departments around the country are encouraging motorists to use it, according to an Associated Press report by Bill Draper. That’s when a driving lane is closed ahead, and motorists use all available lanes and alternate entry into the open lane when they reach the lane closure. Missouri and Kansas have recently joined Minnesota and Washington in encouraging use of the “zipper merge.”

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UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica’s Chief of Staff Has the Right Rx for Traffic Blues: Public Transit

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Dr. Roger Lee, chief of staff at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, is doing his part to reduce traffic on the roadways and cut down on air pollution. Thanks to his smartphone and apps for the Big Blue Bus and Metro Rail, Dr. Lee has public transit down to a science. This busy Los Angeles area physician travels to and from work -- and between his hospital campuses -- using public transportation and the UCLA shuttle.

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Mathematical Models Explain East-West Asymmetry of Jet Lag Recovery

Travelers frequently report experiencing a significantly slower jet lag recovery after an eastward vs. westward flight. While some are quick to dismiss this complaint as being “all in their head,” new research suggests it may be caused by the oscillation of a certain type of brain cells.

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Saving Racecar Drivers’ Lives

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The authors recount how Dr. Robert Hubbard, a biomechanical crash engineer, and his brother-in-law, Jim Downing, a racecar driver, joined forces to create the HANS® device, which was designed to prevent the occurrence of shear injuries between the head and neck during high-impact crashes.

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Flying Insects Defy Aerodynamic Laws of Airplanes, NYU Researchers Find

The maneuvers of flying insects are unmatched by even the best pilots, and this might be due to the fact that these critters don’t obey the same aerodynamic laws as airplanes, a team of New York University researchers has found.

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Department of City & Regional Planning Welcomes Professor Daniel A. Rodríguez

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Doctor Daniel A. Rodríguez is joining the College of Environmental Design this fall as Chancellor’s Professor of City and Regional Planning.

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How Do I Avoid Jet Lag?

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Jet lag can be a real buzzkill when flying across multiple time zones, and most travelers assume their first several days in a new locale will be spent catching up on sleep and letting their body clocks adjust. However, jet lag doesn’t always have to intrude on your fun.

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Driving, Dementia – Assessing Safe Driving in High-Risk Older Adults

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Driving is a very complex process. Today, almost half of all drivers on the roadways are over the age of 65. With the decline of cognitive processes in older adults such as Alzheimer’s disease, there is heightened concern for public safety and unsafe driving in this population. Understanding the cognitive factors that inhibit effective driving as well as recognizing older adults who may be at risk for unsafe driving is key.

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Understanding Tourists’ Preferences for Nature-Based Experiences May Help with Conservation

Charismatic species—such as felines and primates or whales, sharks, and turtles—are attractive to tourists, and the opportunity of seeing them in the wild motivates tourists to visit protected areas. New research indicates that tourists’ preferences are not restricted to charismatic species, however, and they extend to less charismatic biodiversity, as well as to landscapes.

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Think Talking on Your Hands-Free While Driving Is Safe? Think Again, Says New Research

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Driving while talking on a hands-free phone can be as distracting as talking on a hand-held mobile, psychologists at the University of Sussex say.

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Technique From Biology Helps Explain the Evolution of the American Car

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UCLA-led team of researchers has taken a unique approach to explain the way in which technologies evolve in modern society. Borrowing a technique that biologists might use to study the evolution of plants or animals, the scientists plotted the “births” and “deaths” of every American-made car and truck model from 1896 to 2014.

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‘Squishy’ Motors and Wheels Give Soft Robots a New Ride

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A small, squishy vehicle equipped with soft wheels rolls over rough terrain and runs under water. Future versions of the versatile vehicle might be suitable for search and rescue missions after disasters, deep space and planet exploration, and manipulating objects during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to its creators at Rutgers University. Their most important innovation is a soft motor that provides torque without bending or extending its housing.

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WVU Experts Available to Discuss the Volkswagen Class-Action Settlement

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Health Tips for Traveling Abroad with Kids

Before your family heads to Mexico, Asia or beyond, do a little planning ahead of time to keep everyone healthy during their journey. Dr. Nava Yeganeh, an assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases and director of the Pediatric International Travel and Adoption Clinic at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, explains three important strategies.

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$10.2 Billion Environmental Fine Clears Cloud Hanging Over Volkswagen

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A Green Transport Revolution for Venice

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Engineers from the University of Southampton are helping to develop an electric-hybrid engine for Venice water taxis this summer to provide cleaner, greener transport.

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Experiment and Experience: 2016 Vacation Outlook

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School’s out for the summer, and as the temperatures rise across the United States, so does the volume of vacation travel. But the types of vacations Americans seek in 2016 buck travel trends from recent years and show a shift in what they hope to get out of their well-earned time away. Expert insight from Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business forecasts the biggest 2016 vacation trends and explains the forces driving them.

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Why Planes Freeze

Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers have learned more about the role of droplet size impact in aircraft icing to improved safety.