Nupur Maskara

A graduate in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, India, Nupur also has an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. Nupur is currently trying to be as savvy a cook as she is with a book. She likes watching plays and sunsets. Nupur first lived in Kolkata and then for a decade in Delhi, still her favorite city.

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eHighway system to reduce truck pollution in California

eHighway system to reduce truck pollution in California

August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The more things change, the more they remain the same; accordingly, overhead electric wires that have been powering trolleys and streetcars since the 19th century will now see them in use along Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Siemens’s eHighway system will electrify certain highway lanes using a catenary system (an overhead wire setup). This system […]

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CA ban on driving while on the phone had no effect on accident rate

CA ban on driving while on the phone had no effect on accident rate

July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although California banned handheld cell phone use in cars in 2008, it doesn’t seem to have had any effect on accidents, according to a recent study. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers studied police records of over half a million traffic accidents that happened six months before and after the ban. The research only looked at six […]

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Are pedestrian deaths the Titanic of intersection redesign?

Are pedestrian deaths the Titanic of intersection redesign?

June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The death of more than a thousand passengers aboard the sinking Titanic resulted in adoption of rigorous maritime safety regulations. It has taken a rising number of pedestrian deaths in New York’s busy intersections for the city to shift its focus to road safety. Take the example of a busy street where it took another pedestrian death […]

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Do collision warning systems spell trouble for drivers?

Do collision warning systems spell trouble for drivers?

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating 60,000 Chevrolet Impalas released this year. The reason? The vehicles’ crash avoidance system may have malfunctioned repeatedly, resulting in unexplained car stops. Why the NHTSA is investigating One driver said in his complaint that he was driving at 20 mph when “the brakes independently seized… The vehicle […]

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Smoking marijuana’s legal in Colorado, but not while driving

Smoking marijuana’s legal in Colorado, but not while driving

April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

On January 1, 2014, Colorado legalized marijuana. While many have welcomed the move, others fear that DUI accidents will rise. What is the state doing to ensure that doesn’t happen? For starters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given a $400,000 grant to Colorado. The state’s law enforcement officials plan to use the […]

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Universities lead the way on public transport

Universities lead the way on public transport

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

A recent study by the US PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group reveals that the steps universities are taking to encourage students and staff to use eco-friendly modes of transport are paying off: fewer students are bringing cars with them to campus. University of Missouri Kansas City In 2011, UMKC’s students faced constant parking supply […]

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Sochi’s $51,000,000,000 infrastucture legacy

Sochi’s $51,000,000,000 infrastucture legacy

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

It takes nine years from the time of bidding to the staging of an Olympics event. The host country gets seven years to prepare for a two-week extravaganza. The Winter Olympics is on a smaller scale than the Summer Olympics, with fewer events, athletes, and venues. Still, Sochi has made history as the most expensive […]

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Retrofitting the suburbs

Retrofitting the suburbs

February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Suburbs, like the rest of America, have long prioritized auto-centric urban planning, but plenty of research shows that the public’s appetite for cars is calming. Consequently, suburban communities are trying to keep up by restoring pedestrians and the environment to the center of their planning practices. Challenges suburbs face While infrastructure is under pressure in […]

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Self-driving cars: Are Americans ready to give the keys to a computer?

Self-driving cars: Are Americans ready to give the keys to a computer?

December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Does the idea of a self-driving car inspire more dread or relief with you? Some drivers are afraid of relinquishing control of the vehicle to a computer. Those in favor of autonomous vehicles say that the benefits – in terms of accidents, fuel, congestion, and dollars – are immense. Under a pilot program, Volvo and the Swedish government […]

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How do Americans get around? Not by driving

How do Americans get around? Not by driving

December 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

A new study by U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group has found that in 99 out of the country’s top 100 regions, fewer people commuted to work in a private vehicle in 2010, as compared to 2000. These regions contain over half the US population, and are key to the US economy. More people are […]

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