Will Doig

Will Doig is co-editor of Reasons to be Cheerful.

How Toilets Saved the West

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The toilets in your home today are radically different than the ones of the 1950s—or even the 1990s—and may be the reason western cities are still habitable.

Austerity Is Not the Only Way: Portugal!

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While other European countries cut their budgets to the bone, Portugal lent its citizens a helping hand. Guess who came out on top.

Spain’s Happy Little Carless City

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Pontevedra, once choked with cars, is a laboratory for how smaller cities can implement a few simple tricks to reduce driving dramatically.

How Cities Will Avoid Death by Self-Driving Car

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Major cities have signaled a commitment to curbing private autonomous vehicles, and their transportation systems are already reaping the benefits.

“The Best Worst Mistake You Ever Made”

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Before they became places to warehouse so-called problem kids, alternative learning centers were designed to help at-risk students succeed. Some are rediscovering that mission.

Women Scientists Raise Their Decibel Level

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To change the misperception that scientists are all old white guys in lab coats, thousands of women scientists are banding together to make their voices heard.

Build Your Own Dialysis Machine!

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In clinics and hospitals around the world, doctors and nurses turn household objects into medical instruments. MIT’s Little Devices Lab is giving them the tools to build even better.

How China Sold Us a Solar-Powered World

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All those pictures of smog-cloaked Chinese cities mask the fact that China’s cheap solar panels have fueled the world’s green-energy revolution.