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Houston Team Programming Robot for Disaster Response

Posted on · We learn about HERCULES, a robot being programmed in Houston by David Kortenkamp and his team at TRACLabs. The robot is being designed to assist in disaster response situations where it’s unsafe for humans to go. HERCULES was built by Boston Dynamics Inc. but TRACLabs is programming its brain to compete in the DARPA Robotics […]

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Policing the Police

Posted on · On Thursday, Oct .24, Texas Southern University will host a community meeting called “Policing the Police” – it’s a panel discussion about police procedures. The event stems from recent articles about police misconduct published by the Texas Observer. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of the meeting, we talk with Texas Observer writer […]

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Critical Mass Bike Ride

Posted on · Another Critical Mass bike ride is planned for this Friday night. We talk with organizers, and consider both the goals of – and concerns raised by – these occasional mass bike rides. The movement was originally founded in San Francisco to draw attention to how unfriendly that city’s streets were to cyclists. Here in Houston, […]

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Discussing Houston Weather

Posted on · After months of oppressive heat and humidity, autumn has arrived and the weather in Houston has been glorious in recent days. Seems like as good a time as any to talk about the weather. On this edition of Houston Matters, we field your questions for Houston Weather Research Center Chief Meteorologist Jason Luze, and Lance […]

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Interview: Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Last Monday, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Parker and challenger Ben Hall – have polled above single digits, so over the next two Mondays, we […]

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The Shipping News — Literally

Posted on · Leaders in the global shipping industry are coming to Houston next week for the annual Shipping and Offshore Conference. Attendees will discuss new international shipping routes and the expansion of offshore projects around the world. Organizers say Houston – home to one of the largest ports in the United States – is a natural fit […]

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Art Transforms Navigation Street

Posted on · There’s a new major public art project in Houston. The median for several blocks around Ninfa’s on Navigation Street in the East End neighborhood has been transformed into a promenade of sorts, full of art and interesting solar lighting. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse visited the Navigation Street Esplanade to find out more. He speaks […]

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Increasing Houston’s Recycling Rates

Posted on · Earlier this week, officials in southwest Houston announced they would be expanding a popular recycling program for more than five-thousand residents. It's called single-stream recycling. The program replaces smaller, 18-gallon green bins with much bigger 96-gallon bins. City officials say this program is very popular with residents, who find recycling more convenient with these larger, […]

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Addressing Houston’s Roads

Posted on · Invariably, when given the opportunity to complain about things we don’t like so much about Houston, the topic turns to transportation – too much traffic, not enough mass transit – and, way, way too many potholes. So many people travel on Greater Houston roadways each day, it’s probably not surprising we have potholes, and cracks […]