How Carpool Lanes Make Traffic Worse – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Figuring out how to reduce congestion and emissions has long been a thorny issue for the car-centric United States. One possible solution – high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV), or carpool lanes – have their own thorny history. Despite pushes from the federal government for more HOV lanes in the 1970s and 1990s, the math…

Why Sea Walls Alone Won’t Save Our Cities From Rising Seas – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Coastal cities around the world are grappling with sea level rise. And building a seawall? Not so fast. While a sea wall can be effective in certain scenarios, it can make the effects of sea level rise worse. That’s why municipalities are looking into creative alternatives. Further reading: The Conversation https://theconversation.com/amp/a-20-foot-sea-wall-wont-save-miami-how-living-structures-can-help-protect-the-coast-and-keep-the-paradise-vibe-165076 https://theconversation.com/amp/for-flood-prone-cities-seawalls-raise-as-many-questions-as-they-answer-162587 Miami…

The Real Reason We Check Our Halloween Candy – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. If you went trick-or-treating as a child, did your parents warn you against the possibility of poisoned candy? Did they forbid you from trying anything before they inspected your Halloween haul? We asked some experts from The Conversation to explain the fanciful origins of this annual panic and its very real consequences. Stay…

Why Product Placement Is Suddenly Everywhere – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. If it feels like you’ve seen more product placement in your favorite TV shows lately, you probably have. Once a marketing trick embraced mainly by the movie industry, product placement became popular with the small screen after TiVo and streaming services delivered a one-two punch to the efficacy of traditional 30-second ads. And…

Why Americans Eat So Much Meat – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Americans love meat. In 2017, the average American ate 274 pounds of meat on average, placing it only behind Hong Kong for highest meat consumption in the world. So how did America become the meat eating nation we know today? In this episode, Cheddar goes back in time to explore how meat took…

Why Commercials Are So Loud Again – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. For years, loud commercials have been a constant source of frustration and confusion. With advertisers fighting to keep our attention, some people have decided to fight back. To understand why commercials are so loud and how we can put a stop to the noise, we first need to reconsider what noise means in…

Bike Lanes Have A Deadly Design Flaw – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. With an increasing number of cyclists taking to the streets, bike lanes have become a critically important part of city transportation. They provide safer avenues of travel for cyclists in cities. But, while bike lanes are substantially safer for bikers than sharing a road with vehicles, they still aren’t perfect. And one design…

How 9/11 Changed Skyscraper Design – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. September 11, 2001, changed our lives. A lot. Political differences seemed to disappear, at least briefly. New security measures filled the world’s airports. Thousands of families mourned the loss of loved ones. And, of course, the New York City skyline lacked its two tallest buildings. But there’s one change that you probably didn’t…