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Released: 3-Aug-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Evaluating the effectiveness of travel bans
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study sheds light on how COVID-19 spreads regionally and between countries, as well as on how effective governmental measures to curb the spread of the pandemic have been to date.

Newswise: Argonne-led team finds specially-designed engines and fuels could cut air emissions and water use
Released: 30-Jul-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Argonne-led team finds specially-designed engines and fuels could cut air emissions and water use
Argonne National Laboratory

Advanced fuels and new engine designs could reduce emissions and water use over the next 30 years, according for a new study led by Argonne scientists.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Report Sees ‘Tough Challenges’ to Building Up Transportation Ridership in New York City
New York University

Subway usage has dropped from 5.5 million on an average weekday to less than 500,000 a day, according to the report.

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28-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Influx of Electric Vehicles Accelerates Need for Grid Planning
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new PNNL report says the western U.S. bulk power system can reliably support projected growth of up to 24 million electric vehicles through 2028, but challenges will arise as EV adoption grows beyond that threshold. This study is the most comprehensive of its kind, integrating multiple variables not evaluated before, such as growth in commercial delivery fleets and long-haul trucks, as well as large-scale and long-term EV charging scenarios and strategies.

Newswise: NYU School of Global Public Health to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Transit Workers
Released: 23-Jul-2020 2:25 PM EDT
NYU School of Global Public Health to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Transit Workers
New York University

NYU School of Global Public Health is embarking on a series of studies to evaluate the risks and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on one of the city’s essential workforces: transit workers. This research will be conducted in coordination with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, representing more than 40,000 New York City bus and subway workers.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:20 PM EDT
How a few negative online reviews early on can hurt a restaurant
Ohio State University

Just a few negative online restaurant reviews can determine early on how many reviews a restaurant receives long-term, a new study has found.

Newswise: Racial and LGBT bias persists in ridesharing drivers despite mitigation efforts, IU research finds
Released: 22-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Racial and LGBT bias persists in ridesharing drivers despite mitigation efforts, IU research finds
Indiana University

Despite efforts by ridesharing companies to eliminate or reduce discrimination, research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business finds that racial and LGBT bias persists among drivers. Platforms such as Uber, Lyft and Via responded to drivers' biased behavior by removing information that could indicate a rider's gender and race from initial ride requests. However, researchers still found that biases against underrepresented groups and those who indicate support for the LGBT community continued to exist after drivers accepted a ride request -- when the rider's picture would then be displayed.

Released: 15-Jul-2020 4:30 PM EDT
COVID-19 Travel Patterns in New Jersey
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

At the height of the coronavirus shutdown in the spring, travel to more than 150,000 points of interest throughout New Jersey, including retail, health care, food stores and other essential and non-essential establishments decreased up to 80 percent compared to the first week of March when the state was still opened, according to a Rutgers report.

Newswise: Researchers to streamline process for measuring aviation emissions
Released: 9-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Researchers to streamline process for measuring aviation emissions
Missouri University of Science and Technology

The process that airlines must use to calibrate their jet fuel emissions measuring systems is costly and time-consuming. But researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology won an $847,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to find a faster and less expensive way to calibrate the devices. To reduce the impact of civil aviation on local air quality and human health, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has established and continually improved emissions standards for turbojet and turbofan engine emissions since 1981.

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Released: 3-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Warwick Moto superbike designs unveiled
University of Warwick

As the government has announced proposals to ban the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 the race to electrify the motor industry is on, and motorbikes aren’t to be overlooked.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: How to help teen drivers stay safe
Released: 1-Jul-2020 4:40 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: How to help teen drivers stay safe
Penn State Health

A driver’s license presents exciting new freedoms for teenagers and a whole new level of worry for their parents. Fortunately, there are steps that adults can take to keep their teen drivers as safe as possible.

Newswise: Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes in Floridians’ Behavior at Onset of the Pandemic
Released: 1-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes in Floridians’ Behavior at Onset of the Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

A study using same-day traffic volumes for March 2019 and March 2020 across Florida examined the chronological relationship of key governmental requests for public isolation and travel limitations. Results show the drastic changes in human behavior during the onset of the pandemic. Traffic volumes by March 22, 2020, dropped by 47.5 percent compared to that same point in 2019. Moreover, traffic declined in March 2020 corresponding with the governor’s state of emergency declaration and school, restaurant, and bar closures.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Mayo Clinic experts to help guide Delta Air Lines COVID-19 safety measures
Mayo Clinic

Delta Air Lines and Mayo Clinic, a global leader in serious and complex medical care, are deepening their relationship to provide additional safety and COVID-19 infection control measures for customers and employees. The collaboration is another significant step in Delta’s efforts to build upon its foundation of care and cleanliness, known as the Delta CareStandard, to mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID-19 during travel.

Released: 26-Jun-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Wayne State researchers receive NSF funding to develop COVID-19 risk-prediction system
Wayne State University Division of Research

Due to COVID-19, there is an urgent need for a risk-prediction and update system so that individuals and various entities can be aware of the potential risk of infection when traveling locally, nationally or abroad. Wayne State is working on a system with the help of funding from the National Science Foundation.

Released: 26-Jun-2020 1:55 PM EDT
American Airlines Boosts Travelers’ Peace of Mind with VUMC Expertise
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Taking new actions that focus on the well-being and safety of customers and team members, American Airlines today announced that it has created a new Travel Health Advisory Panel that includes Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) infectious disease experts to advise on health and cleaning matters as travelers return over the summer.

Newswise: Steep NYC traffic toll would reduce gridlock, pollution
Released: 24-Jun-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Steep NYC traffic toll would reduce gridlock, pollution
Cornell University

Cornell University and the City College of New York research shows that by creating steep tolls for cars to enter Manhattan, traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced.

Newswise: Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 23-Jun-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

It seems there will never be enough “thank you’s” for the incredible doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff members who are working around the clock to help patients with the dangerous coronavirus disease. Their dedication, determination and spirit enable Johns Hopkins to deliver the promise of medicine.

Released: 22-Jun-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Economic and social consequences of human mobility restrictions under COVID-19
Politecnico di Milano

The lockdown measures introduced in Italy to deal with COVID-19 have produced a mobility contraction which is not homogeneously distributed across Italian municipalities and regions.

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Released: 22-Jun-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Recovery from airline delays works best with future disruptions in mind
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Instead of responding to each flight delay as if it were an isolated event, airlines should consider the likelihood of potential disruptions ahead, researchers report in the journal Transportation Science.

Newswise: Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path
Released: 22-Jun-2020 7:50 AM EDT
Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

During more than 90 approaches to Zurich Airport conducted under the leadership of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, researchers from Empa and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tested an assistance system that supports pilots via a display during quiet and, at the same time, fuel-efficient approaches. The results show a measurable reduction in noise emissions and fuel consumption. Now the system, developed by DLR, is to be made ready for production.

Released: 17-Jun-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Is a summer vacation safe for your family?
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Destinations are opening up for summer vacation, but does that mean it is safe to travel with your family? The most important consideration while traveling during COVID-19 is weighing the risk, says Curry Bordelon III, DNP, assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

Released: 12-Jun-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Reducing the Risks of Traveling This Summer
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

After enduring more than two months of quarantine, businesses and institutions are reopening, spurring summer travel plans to satisfy the urge to escape confinement. But is it safe to travel with the threat of COVID-19 still lingering? Experts at UT Physicians/UTHealth weigh in.

Newswise: Government Health, Safety Regulations Backfire with Conservatives, Study Shows
Released: 10-Jun-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Government Health, Safety Regulations Backfire with Conservatives, Study Shows
University of Notre Dame

A new study from the University of Notre Dame shows government-imposed restrictions can backfire, depending on political ideology.

Newswise: Research Team Sees Major Shift in Relationship Between State-by-State Traffic and COVID-19 Cases, Offering Insights Into Outcomes of Lockdown Policies
Released: 9-Jun-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Research Team Sees Major Shift in Relationship Between State-by-State Traffic and COVID-19 Cases, Offering Insights Into Outcomes of Lockdown Policies
Northern Arizona University

“In many states, traffic appears to be a leading indicator, increasing first, with COVID-19 cases rising after a delay of up to 11 days,” said Northern Arizona University professor Kevin Gurney, head of the NAU research group analyzing the data. Pawlok Dass, a postdoc in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, is the lead research scientist on the project.

Newswise: Tourism: what’s our new normal?
Released: 29-May-2020 6:20 AM EDT
Tourism: what’s our new normal?
University of South Australia

After months of lockdown, it’s no surprise that people are itching to get out and about. But with ongoing debates about how and when to open Australia’s state and territory borders, it’s hard to know what to expect.

Released: 27-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Social media can play role in travel decisions
University of Georgia

When contemplating a destination, some travelers look to how the experience might translate to social media when making their decision, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers.

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Released: 26-May-2020 9:35 AM EDT
Researchers use drones, machine learning to detect dangerous 'butterfly' landmines
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Using advanced machine learning, drones could be used to detect dangerous "butterfly" landmines in remote regions of post-conflict countries, according to research from Binghamton University, State University at New York.

Newswise: Despite COVID-19, Memorial Day traffic one of the deadliest
Released: 21-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Despite COVID-19, Memorial Day traffic one of the deadliest
West Virginia University

COVID-19 has put the brakes on AAA’s Memorial Day travel forecast due to unavailable economic data and estimates that fewer travelers will hit the road this holiday weekend due to the pandemic and social distancing recommendations. But that doesn’t mean the roads will be safe and sound for all.

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Released: 19-May-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Work begins on autonomous vehicle trial route
University of Warwick

Over 300 kilometres of West Midland’s roads are set to trial connected and autonomous vehicles, making UK roads safer and allowing for more predictable goods delivery and journey times.

Newswise: Expert available to comment on COVID-19 risk perception and summer vacations
Released: 18-May-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Expert available to comment on COVID-19 risk perception and summer vacations
Indiana University

Becky Liu-Lastres, assistant professor in the Department of Tourism, Event, and Sport Management at IUPUI is available to talk about COVID-19’s potential impact on vacations this summer, particularly how tourists will make travel decisions based on their perceived risk and how that affects small businesses in particular.

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Released: 15-May-2020 5:35 AM EDT
Woven Light Rail Design wins Gold at JEC World 2020 Innovation Awards
University of Warwick

The ‘BRAINSTORM’ project involving researchers at WMG, University of Warwick has won gold at the JEC World 2020 Innovation Awards in the category ‘Railway Vehicles and Infrastructure’

Newswise: Bike commuting accelerated when bike-share systems rolled into town
Released: 14-May-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Bike commuting accelerated when bike-share systems rolled into town
University of Washington

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in cities where bike-share systems have been introduced, bike commuting increased by 20%, according to a new UW study.

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Released: 14-May-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Autonomous Vehicle safety standards to be set by Warwick academic
University of Warwick

The safety of Autonomous Vehicles will be tested by Dr Siddartha Khastgir, at WMG, the University of Warwick thanks to a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

Newswise: Fossil Fuel-Free Jet Propulsion with Air Plasmas
4-May-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Fossil Fuel-Free Jet Propulsion with Air Plasmas
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Humans depend on fossil fuels as their primary energy source, especially in transportation. However, fossil fuels are both unsustainable and unsafe, serving as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers in China have demonstrated a prototype device that uses microwave air plasmas for jet propulsion, generating the high-temperature, high-pressure plasma in situ using only injected air and electricity. They describe the engine in AIP Advances.

3-May-2020 7:00 PM EDT
Allegiant has top performance in 2020 Airline Quality Rating; overall airline industry posts declined performance numbers
Wichita State University

The 30th annual Airline Quality Rating results show an industry that had a performance decline for 2019. Results released today (Monday, May 4) reflect poorer industry performance in all four of the criteria tracked for calendar year 2019.

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Released: 30-Apr-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Innovative Partner Awarded Contract to develop Very Light Rail trackform
University of Warwick

The Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) project, led by Coventry City Council (CCC) in collaboration with engineers at WMG, University of Warwick will commence Research and Development to design a low cost track form for very light rail

Newswise: Cornell engineers help get NYC’s L train back on track
Released: 29-Apr-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Cornell engineers help get NYC’s L train back on track
Cornell University

New York City’s L train has resumed full service following an extensive rehabilitation project that finished six months early and $100 million under budget, thanks in part to Cornell University engineers.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
DePaul University experts available to discuss recovery, life after the COVID-19 pandemic
DePaul University

Recovery. Reentry. Reopen. Return. A new normal. Faculty experts at DePaul University are available for news media interviews about what comes next — after the COVID-19 pandemic. Does the world return to normal or will there be fundamental changes to how we live our lives, work, and travel; and how we are governed?

Newswise: Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers (video)
Released: 30-Mar-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers (video)
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Currently, no breatalyzer test exists for cannabis intoxication, although the substance is known to impair driving, among other activities. Scientists now report that they are one step closer to a convenient saliva test for measuring cannabis levels at roadside stops.


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