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March 2023

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the limits of Israel's Supreme Court - Jewish Currents
"The elephant in the room, in any discussion of Israel’s judiciary, is that the country runs an entirely different legal system in its occupied territories."
the marketing and political lobbying behind commercial milk formula - Lancet
the Antarctic overturning circulation is slowing and will continue to slow... - Conversation
"The model projects the overturning circulation around Antarctica will slow by more than 40% over the next three decades, driven almost entirely by pulses of meltwater."
a detailed look at the infamous "Beeching" report ("The Reshaping of British Railways") of 1963 - Gareth Dennis
an aperiodic monotile!! - arXiv
"A longstanding open problem asks for an aperiodic monotile, also known as an 'einstein': a shape that admits tilings of the plane, but never periodic tilings. We answer this problem for topological disk tiles by exhibiting a continuum of combinatorially equivalent aperiodic polygons."
police pigeons in Odisha state, India - Guardian
Oxford's little-known East Timorese population - Cherwell
(in the 2021 census, Portuguese was Oxford's second "first language", after English)
mode of travel to school doesn't affect academic performance, except... - BMJ
"in the highest household income group, there was a ... reduction of 4.63 exam points (equivalent to three exams dropping from A to B) for the children who were driven to school"
a critical history of Demand Responsive Transport in the UK - Bus and Train User
traffic violence harms parents as well as children - Romper
"Once we stop pretending everything's OK, we can take back our lives — or at least the lives of our kids."
a Tokyo micro-apartment: just nine square metres - Guardian
Canterbury: progressive transport policy from a conservative council - Conservative Home
auto-freedom and Oxford as a 15-minute city - IPPR
housing problems in the English-speaking world - FT
"the answer to so many woes in the English-speaking world is to unburden ourselves of our anti-apartment exceptionalism"
large reductions in maximum speeds from "signed only" 20mph limits - 20s Plenty
how to improve the Ukrainian military - Maidan
"Poor results when they occur, which they always will, must be faced honestly and not glossed over with fine self-congratulatory words and speeches from government."
circulating signal junctions: Dutch "innie" versus CYCLOPS "outie" - Ranty Highwayman
proposals to improve walking and cycling connectivity to Oxford's Lye Valley - Oxford Blog
arrested for being a pedestrian - HarryTheTallCyclist
"Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee" - Interesting Literature
UK roads need to cater for three modes, not just two - City Infinity
Nigeria's oil thieves - New Lines
Rishi Sunak lacks Edward Heath's principles - and courage - Middle East Eye
the BBC is now censoring David Attenborough to avoid upsetting right-wing ideologues - Guardian
do humans have an innate "urge to travel"? - Phil Goodwin
"We are hard-wired to eat, after all, and we can easily prove that this is a defining feature of humanity, and a vital part of our cultures, and a basic human right. But if we eat too much, or the wrong food, it does us harm."
operating at low speeds, urban electric utility vehicles could have radically different designs - Kottke
Michael Marmot and others: access to walking, wheeling and cycling facilities is a public health issue - Sustrans
feminism and the 15-minute city - Transformative Urban Mobility
bring on 20mph limits! "The optimum speed limit in city traffic for minimising CO2 emissions for a small petrol hatchback is ~17.5mph, and for minimising NOx ~12.5mph. For larger vehicles CO2 emissions are minimised at 12.5mph." - Future Transport
the politics of Oxford transport changes - Oxford Clarion
larger vehicles, more congestion: "If the vehicles are smaller, a larger number of them get through each green light. This results in a lower journey time and a faster average speed." - Future of Transport
"the major factor affecting the average journey time was the number of vehicles that pass through each green light cycle. ... this is primarily a function of vehicle size and the gap between vehicles as they drive through the lights."
a history of British pedestrian crossings - Roads
a School Streets scheme for North Oxford's Charlbury Rd area? - Oxford Blog
should the signals be removed at the northern end of Oxford's Cornmarket? - Oxford Blog
the effect of non-occupational physical activity on chronic disease and mortality: a systematic review - BMJ
"Inverse non-linear dose–response associations suggest substantial protection against a range of chronic disease outcomes from small increases in non-occupational physical activity in inactive adults."


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