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A Video Game Paves the Way for Female Drivers in Saudi Arabia

Released by Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud, Saudi Girls Revolution features women fighting evil, bad guys, and traffic.

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It’s 2015, and Saudi Arabian women still aren’t allowed to drive. In the world of Saudi Arabian video games, however, things feel a little bit different. Saudi Girls Revolution, a recent game released by a Saudi Arabian prince, features eight Saudi women dressed in abayas, blasting villains, destroying cyborgs, and yes—driving cars.

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GOOD Maker: Help Us Pick a Video That Explains Why Texting and Driving Is a Bad Idea

GOOD Maker and Project Yellow Light use videos to spread teen texting and driving awareness. Vote for your favorite—the winner will receive $400.

Earlier this month, a Massachusetts teen was sentenced to a year in prison for vehicular homicide after texting while driving. Texts are often quick and trivial—a last minute raincheck, a chuckle-worthy photo—but it's becoming clear that texting while driving is a serious public safety problem.

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Young People Are Driving Less—And Not Just Because They're Broke

Yes, Millennials are strapped for gas and car money. But their values are also changing dramatically.



As a teenager, I had little interest in driving. I lived in Prince George’s County, Maryland, mere blocks from the D.C. city line, with a bus hub down the hill and three Metro stations a mile or so from my parents’ house. And by the time my weekend evenings were done, I was rarely in any shape to get behind the wheel. (Sorry, Mom!)

I never got my driver’s license, which makes me an outlier in a nation of car lovers. But I have something in common with today’s teens. Recent studies show that American teenagers are far less likely to have their drivers’ licenses than their counterparts thirty years ago, and the trend continues to a lessening degree through the 20-something cohort. Today only 22 percent of drivers are under 30, down from a third in 1983.

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People Are Awesome: Help the 'Highway Angel' Get Back on the Road

Thomas Weller had been driving San Diego's highways since 1966, helping people in need of roadside assistance—until his car was totaled.

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In 2008, the Los Angeles Times profiled Thomas Weller, the "Highway Angel," who until recently spent his days driving up and down the highway helping those in need of gas or other roadside assistance. And just a few days ago, the paper's videographer uploaded a video profile of Weller from the same year. He had been traipsing around San Diego's highways since 1966, carrying a card that reads:

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Irish Students Design Software to Make Drivers Safer

More than  3,000 people die every day because of traffic accidents, and that number is on the rise. The problem's so bad that the World Health...

More than 3,000 people die every day because of traffic accidents, and that number is on the rise. The problem's so bad that the World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, car accidents will be the third leading cause of disease or injury. But what if computer software could help prevent many of them by evaluating a driver's behind-the-wheel behavior and educating her about it?

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Coffee Lids, Cupholder Cuisine, and America's Obesity Crisis

What the history of cups and cupholders tells us about one of the driving forces behind obesity—and a simple solution.

Over at Edible Geography, our friend Nicola Twilley recently wrote about the fascinating historical evolution of the coffee lid, from its early days as a disposable plastic drink-through lid for cold beverages to its current ubiquity.

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