The Science Of A Great Subway Map

"Transit maps have a considerable impact on the everyday lives of people in cities…Recently, some vision scientists at MIT developed a remarkably direct way to perform just this type of map evaluation. The research team, led by Ruth Rosenholtz of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, devised a computer model capable of determining how well people will comprehend a subway map (or any other complex diagram) in a single glance. The model spits out alternate visualizations called “mongrels”—twisted images that represent how our brains actually process the maps in front of our eyes.”

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This car retreats into a protective, turtle-like shell when parked

"A new design hailing from South Korea offers a new vision of the commuter car that may provide the best solution for space-challenged cities.

The electric-powered Armadillo-T was developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) as a way to help reduce the amount of space used when a car is parked and not in use. Using a 13.6 kWh battery, the car is able to travel up to 37 miles per hour with about a 60 mile range on a single charge.”

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