July 21, 2007 |
For months, Brazilians have been using the phrase "air blackout" to describe the crisis in the country's aviation system that reached epic proportions this week with the worst crash in the nation's history. The use of this phrase is no accident.
June 10, 2007 |
Richard Grove, 73 years old and a robust 6 feet tall, set out with confident strides across a laboratory floor the other day. His first five steps went great. Then his left foot hit a slippery patch and skidded. His arms windmilled over his head as if he were throwing a baseball with each hand. His right foot shot forward to come even with his left. But he quickly regained his balance and kept on walking. This was no accident. Grove had just slipped for science.
May 19, 2007 |
Operators of underground coal mines will be required to take far stronger action to prevent explosions like the one that killed 12 men at the Sago Mine last year, under new rules issued by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The rules, which take effect Tuesday, follow the agency's conclusion that lightning sparked methane gas in a sealed section of the West Virginia mine.
March 30, 2007 |
The government plans to issue requirements next month that new vehicles include anti-rollover technology, officials said Thursday. Nicole Nason, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told a congressional budget panel that electronic stability control technology would be mandated on all new passenger vehicles by 2011.
December 18, 2006 |
Anti-drunk driving devices in cars may still be a decade away. But the net is expected to continue to tighten around drunk drivers, says Chris Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "At the state level, we are doing more than ever," he says. "We're not resting until this issue is reversed, until these numbers turn around. We are funding new and exciting programs designed to save lives."
June 13, 2006 |
Ten thousand fatal automobile crashes a year, or nearly one-third of such accidents in the U.S., could be prevented if more vehicles were equipped with technology that helps to keep them from rolling over, the insurance industry says in a study released today. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the technology, electronic stability control, reduced the risk of single-vehicle rollovers involving sport utility vehicles by 80%, and by 77% for passenger cars.