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Is Barcelona the Smartest City in the World?
As appeared in “FutureStructure”
By Laura Adler 
February 19, 2016

This story was originally published on Data-Smart City Solutions.

Cities around the world are beginning to understand the huge potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). In Barcelona, those possibilities have started to become the reality. Starting in 2012, the city deployed responsive technologies across urban systems including public transit, parking, street lighting, and waste management. These innovations yielded significant cost savings, improved the quality of life for residents, and made the city a center for the young IoT industry.

Spain was among the countries hardest hit by the 2008 recession, and recovery t…

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When Low-Income Parents Go Back to School

By Leah Askarinam
  FEB 19, 2016
THE ATLANTIC

Leon Sykes has eight children at home, works two jobs, and drives for Uber and Lyft on the side. Yet the 34-year-old father has found time to take classes Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. to earn his high-school credentials at Academy of Hope, an adult public charter school in Washington, D.C. Sykes is about two years into the program. His wife usually picks up their children, ages 5 to 15, from after-school activities, but he still can’t always make it to class. “Some days, you just have to pick and choose,” he says.

About one in 10 low-income parents participate in education and training courses, according to a 2014 report by the Urban In…

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When Water is Offered at Lunch, Kids Drop Weight -

Simple but effective intervention?

By Molly Walker, Contributing Writer

As appeared in MedPage Today

    Installation of "water jets," or electrically cooled large water dispensers, in elementary and middle schools was linked to a small but statistically significant decline in mean body mass index among students, a large "quasi-experimental" study of New York City schools found.

    Compared with a pre-installation baseline, mean BMI was lower by 0.025 points (95% CI -0.038 to -0.011) in boys and by 0.022 points in girls (95% CI -0.035 to -0.008) in schools that installed the water dispensers, after adjusting for changes seen in other schools that did…

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Texting for CPR Feasible in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest —City's EMS system to alert nearby trained laypersons raised rates of early CP

by Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Reprinted with permission by Michelle Nostheide, American Heart Association

Pulling in nearby CPR-trained lay people via mobile-phone dispatch while paramedics are on their way to an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest appears feasible, a Swedish study showed.

The rate of bystander CPR jumped to 62% with use of a mobile-phone positioning system in Stockholm that could instantly locate and dispatch one of about 6,000 mobile-phone users within 500 m (less than a third of a mile) who were trained in CPR and volunteered to be available.

By comparison, that rate…

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