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To Create a Quieter City, They’re Recording the Sounds of New York

On Thursday, microphones mounted outside two buildings in Manhattan went live. Bright yellow signs that say “Recording Underway” announced their arrival. But these devices are not eavesdropping on your conversations. A group of researchers from New York University and Ohio State University are training the microphones to recognize jackhammers, idling engines and street music, using technology originally developed to

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Solar Installation Dedicated in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City this week unveiled a project featuring 3,152 rooftop solar panels. The installation was done by ConEdison Solutions, which will operate and maintain the panels. They will generate 1.1 million kWh of energy annually. The ConEdison Solutions press release says that the installation, which is on the roof of

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City’s Biggest Buildings Slash Energy Use and Emissions

New energy report reveals great strides, but much room for improvement. From 2010 to 2013, thousands of New York City’s biggest buildings slashed energy use by 6 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent, according to the new NYC Energy and Water Use Report. “Energy use has been going up in this country since Edison

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New York City Study Conclusion: Benchmarking Works

An important study on the impact of benchmarking on big apartment and office buildings in New York City offers proof of something that can benefit energy managers everywhere: Simply providing people with insight into their energy use tends to promote efficiency. The study – which is posted in its entirety by Crain’s New York Business – was

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Big-building owners required to report energy use reduced greenhouse gas emissions, report says

A law that requires the city’s biggest buildings to log and report their energy usage is paying off, officials said Wednesday. Thousands of structural behemoths in New York City have cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 8% and energy usage by 6% over a three-year period without necessarily making any upgrades. “Clearly, building owners are

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NYC makes strides in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions

Although some would have the population believing otherwise, greenhouse gas emissions are a real issue. And while New York City, with its shipped-in food and barged-out trash, is no small contributor to that matter, the city is at least making strides to amend its contribution. The mayor’s office, along with Urban Green Council and NYU’s Center for

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The Future of The ‘Smart City’

Over 85 percent of the world’s population will live in a city by the end of the century. In a special broadcast, we’re exploring what the urban centers of the future will look like.

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What are people working on in the Brooklyn tech world?

Last night in Bushwick some of the most interesting people in the Brooklyn tech world got together for a happy hour at CartoDB’s American headquarters. There were data scientist, social entrepreneurs, regular capitalist entrepreneurs and urban planners.

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Assessment: Academic return

When Julia Lane began working in scientific-funding policy she was quickly taken aback by how unscientific the discipline was compared with the rigorous processes she was used to in the labour-economics sector, “It was a relatively weak and marginalized field,” says Lane, an economist at New York University. In 2005, John Marburger, science adviser to

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Can Big Data Resolve The Human Condition?

Back in the day, astronomers studied galaxies one at a time. Data about each metropolis of stars had to be pieced together slowly. These individual studies were then combined so that a broader understanding of galaxies and their histories as a whole could slowly emerge. Then, along came the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and everything changed. Using a special

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