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The Happiest Cities in the World [Infographic]

The Happiest Cities in the World [Infographic] | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.

 

What makes urban dwellers happy? According to a 10,000 respondent, 20 country research effort from GfK Custom Research, it is a location-based perception: does your city offer you places to go that make you happy? Apparently, the perception-reality gap is what is really interesting the city governments. Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.

The winning locations end up being quite obvious candidates; entertainment and cultural heavyweights, beautiful urban areas and laid-back lifestyles lead the march...

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bancoideas's curator insight, March 4, 2013 9:51 AM

Ciudades felices y ciudades inteligentes son #ideas que siempre deben ir de la mano #smartcities, no te pierdas esta #inforgrafía

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Anatomy of a Smart City

Anatomy of a Smart City | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

The 19th century was a century of empires, 20th century was a century of nation states and the 21st century will be a century of cities...

 

This outstanding infographic (courtesy of postscapes.com) begins with some information about our current state of urbanization.

 

Did you know that 1.3 million people are moving to cities each week?! It then explains the need for smart cities and delves into what is required to establish these intelligent connected environments, how the smart city may take various forms in the developing worlds and what specific technologies are necessary to achieve such grand goals in practice.


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Eli Levine's curator insight, December 18, 2014 10:45 AM

There is an evolution taking place where politics, policy, technology, the environment, and the economy all intersect. This movement towards technical, empirically driven local policy making could be our saving grace.This could be the future of government.

Paul Aneja - eTrends's curator insight, December 22, 2014 6:51 PM

What do you think makes a smarter city?

Serge G Laurens's curator insight, October 28, 2016 3:25 PM
Anatomy of a Smart City
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Manufacturing Network at Rensselaer | MANUFACTURING NETWORK

Manufacturing Network at Rensselaer | MANUFACTURING NETWORK | Social Mercor | Scoop.it
The Manufacturing Network at Rensselaer offers students, faculty and industry a variety of fabrication and production services and expertise.
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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, December 12, 2012 3:19 PM

Great undergraduate programs in engineering and manufacturing including the Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab.  RPI also promotes manufacturing and STEM education to local communities through its K-13 Education Outreach Center.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, December 12, 2012 3:20 PM

Great undergraduate programs in engineering and manufacturing including the Manufacturing Innovation Learning Lab.  RPI also promotes manufacturing and STEM education to local communities through its K-13 Education Outreach Center.

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Solar-powered storage could save crops | News | R&D Magazine

Solar-powered storage could save crops | News | R&D Magazine | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

A new product is set to roll out in India. It’s a food-storage device that uses solar panels to cool produce and preserve crops on their way to market, needed in India where 30 to 40% of the harvest is lost because of the lack of cold-chain facilities to store and transport food.......


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Everything Is Illuminated: New Method Aims to Light Up Pieces of the Cancer Puzzle | GE Reports

Everything Is Illuminated: New Method Aims to Light Up Pieces of the Cancer Puzzle | GE Reports | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

We’ve learned a lot about cancer, but far from enough. Doctors have gotten better at diagnosing the disease, but they still struggle to pick the right weapon for a patient to fight cancer’s aggressive behavior. “Cancer is very complicated and very different from patient to patient,” says Michael Gerdes, cancer researcher at GE Global Research (GRC) in New York. “We really have not done an adequate job matching patients to therapies. We get some patients but we miss a lot.”


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Infographic: Companies unprepared to address resource scarcities

Infographic:  Companies unprepared to address resource scarcities | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

New research shows that many businesses around the world won’t start planning until 2018. Is this too late?

Despite widespread warnings of resource scarcity over the next few decades, a significant proportion of global businesses are not prepared to address the predicted shortfall, according to new research by Carbon Trust.
The U.K.-based organization’s survey of 475 executives in the U.S., Brazil, China, Korea and the U.K. revealed while a majority acknowledged that their companies would have to charge more for their products and services as a result of resource constraints, 43 percent are not monitoring risks posed by incidents such as energy price increases and environmental disasters. Over 50 percent have not developed goals to reduce their company’s consumption of water, waste production or carbon emissions...

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Duane Craig's curator insight, December 20, 2012 11:19 AM

And, the construction sector is woefully unprepared...

Jim Gramata's curator insight, December 21, 2012 10:37 PM

The earth is bounded and its resources finite. Hopefully it will be a proactive and not reactive decision to do what is critical to the sustainability of the earth. Spread the word....

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Rise of the Machines

Rise of the Machines | Social Mercor | Scoop.it
Imagine you are sipping a gin and tonic as you relax in a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner thousands of feet above an ocean and hours from the nearest airport. The epicenter of the ploy is the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, a shiny, silver building that opened in September in a tract of piney woods in Prince George County north of U.S. 460 about 10 miles east of Petersburg.
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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:06 PM

 A collaboration of University of VA, VA State University, VA Tech. and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Mfg.

JMP Engineering's comment, December 13, 2012 9:01 AM
Terminator meets reality!
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What Exactly Is A Smart City?

What Exactly Is A Smart City? | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

It's possible that the smart-cities movement is being held back by a lack of clarity and consensus around what a smart city is and what the components of a smart city actually are.

'While some people continue to take a narrow view of smart cities by seeing them as places that make better use of information and communication technology (ICT), the cities I work with (and most of the participants in the #smartchat, a monthly Twitterchat about smart cities held on the first Wednesday of each month) all view smart cities as a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy...

 

Later this year, they annual rankings of smart cities will be published, and they've been determined by a new rubric for smart cities, 'the Smart Cities Wheel.'

Smart cities are not one size fits all. Yet, the smart-cities movement could benefit from frameworks like the Smart Cities Wheel that allow a common language to develop amongst citizens, city staff, mayors, and the private sector...


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