Forbes: January and February 2017

Presentation1Right, (long overdue) Forbes update time! Below are intros and links to each of the stories I wrote for Forbes in January and February 2017. They’re a rather eclectic bunch, so I hope everyone will be able to find something in here especially for them!


Reading The Road: How Will Driverless Cars Talk To Pedestrians?
It’s amazing how many interactions between drivers and pedestrians rely on eye contact. But as we start to trial more and more driverless vehicles, it got me thinking about what those interactions would look like in future. So my first story – published on Jan 4th – was about a paper that investigated how driverless cars could best communicate with pedestrians.

Dutch Trains Are Now Powered By Wind
As a fan of both wind energy and trains, the news that one was powering the other made me very happy. Head on over to Forbes to read more about how the system works, and why its such a big deal. The article also features a mini-excerpt from the book (bonus!)

Methane News Raises A Stink In San Francisco
Another SF story from me in January, but this one wasn’t about a sinking tower – rather, it was about the methane produced by landfills in the region

Mapping The 6,000-Year History Of The City
My final January story was more visual and less technical than some of my others. It features a series of maps and videos that chart urbanisation through time.


Understanding Our Cities, Thanks To Beautiful Maps
February kicked off with another visual story – and this one ended up being very widely shared! It featured work from Geoff Boeing from Berkeley Lab on a (free to use) software tool that allows researchers to map the street network of any city. It also featured a project called Fragile Cities and a site called the Global Subway Spectrum, which I am a big fan of.

London Commuters Are Suffering, Thanks To Air Pollution
The next story was the first of two London-focused ones that I covered this month – this one was about the increasingly poor quality of London’s air, which is becoming a real worry for the city.

The Tunnels That Uncover A City’s Ancient Past
My second London story was also my final one for February, and it included a brief foray into archaeology, inspired by Crossrail’s latest findings. Cities are always – figuratively and literally – built on their history. The construction of the Mexico City Metro unearthed an Aztec pyramid. In Istanbul, workers found a collection of Byzantine shipwrecks. Head over to Forbes to read about what was found under London’s streets!

And that’s it. Summaries of March and April stories are still to come 🙂