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From greener carparks to public art, scientific breakthroughs and custom cars, news from around the web

Turning Big-Box Store Parking Lots into Urban Farms French design firm Studio NAB has proposed the Car Parks 2.0 concept, which strips away asphalt in the acres and acres dedicated to big-box store parking lots, in order to expose the soil trapped beneath and utilize a portion for urban farming. The concept envisions two other sections: one where the community can grow and another where …

Google’s New Initiative Will Use Tech to Write Local News Stories

In an effort to cover areas not presently serviced because of the financial woes of newsrooms, Google has committed over $800,000 to develop a software that automates news for The Press Association in the UK. Known as Radar—Reporters And Data And Robots—the service should be able to produce more than 30,000 local news stories per month, turning data into readable content. This division of Google’s …

Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

After a remarkable career spent reporting on the Soviet Union, Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Through a combination of literature and journalism, Alexievich expertly highlighted the lives of female Russian soldiers in World War II, the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the Soviet-Afghan War—among other critical events. The Nobel Prize committee acknowledges her for her “polyphonic …