December 10, 2001 |
Fighter jets built for the Pentagon are routinely inspected with ultrasound to detect hidden flaws that may develop in lightweight composite materials used to make such critical parts as the wings and tail. But only visual maintenance inspections were required for the Airbus A300 jetliner that crashed last month in New York after its composite tail fin broke off. The adequacy of visual inspections has become a focus of the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into the Nov.
October 28, 2001 |
Auburn University's Canine Detection Training Center is ramping up for the war on bioterrorism. Cipro maker Bayer Corp. is running its plant around the clock to churn out 200 million pills during the next three months. Manufacturers of biometric identification systems have conducted demonstrations on Capitol Hill in hopes of convincing lawmakers to put their high-tech devices at airports and along the borders. And now, anthrax test kits are coming to hardware stores.
October 22, 2001 |
For the family that already has matching gas masks, a stash of Cipro and haz-mat suits in the hall closet--why not a decontamination shower system? To do its part for hysteria marketing, a Canadian company last week sent out a press release announcing that the "scope of need" for its $2,500 air-secure shelters was now "staggering." The lightweight plastic shelters unfold, accordion-like, to provide a 10-by-8-foot shelter with a shower and an air-cleaning system.
October 18, 2001 |
NASCAR changed its position on head and neck restraints for its drivers Wednesday from a recommendation to a mandate. Starting with this weekend's Winston Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR will require all drivers in its three top series--Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck--to wear either a HANS or a Hutchens device.
October 16, 2001 |
More than a year ago, a Chicago executive approached John Rivers about making a parachute for office workers in high-rise buildings. It seemed like an odd request, but Rivers, who runs a small aircraft manufacturing company in Michigan, researched it anyway. "Then I made the worst decision of my life and decided not to go to market with it," said Rivers, president and chief executive of Destiny Aircraft. Since the Sept.
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October 6, 2001 |
The stars of this year's home remodeling show in Anaheim are not the usual kitchen cabinets, hot tubs and shutters. Gas masks, "trauma kits" and other survival gear are getting top billing, suddenly made household items by American angst. Organizers homed in on a "Survival Expo" theme after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said John Blanchette, spokesman for the 25th annual Home Remodel & Decorating Show that opened Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center.
October 5, 2001 |
Brent Shapiro, a totally sane Venice comedy writer, doesn't think for a minute that gas masks will save him in the event of a biological or chemical attack. Indeed, he was so mortified about his irrational impulse to buy some that when he entered a military surplus store last week he couldn't even get up his courage to ask for them. A woman next to him had to.
September 24, 2001 |
As his 6-year-old daughter careened down the street on her new two-wheeler, the orthopedic surgeon yelled after her, "Don't worry! You can't break anything I can't fix!" A neurosurgeon, more familiar with the brain injuries caused by cycling accidents, would not have agreed. In fact, bicycling is a relatively common cause of head trauma and brain injury, responsible for hundreds of deaths and more than 100,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States.
August 24, 2001 |
Dale Earnhardt's longtime car owner reacted angrily Thursday to seat-belt maker Bill Simpson's claim that he repeatedly warned the late driver that belts in his car were not properly installed. "In the 16 years that Dale and I were together, Dale never said anything to me about any conversation with Bill Simpson or any of Bill's representatives regarding the installation of the seat belts," car owner Richard Childress said at Bristol, Tenn., site of this weekend's Winston Cup racing.
August 24, 2001 |
A headstrong behemoth, NASCAR revealed the results Tuesday of its six-month investigation into the death of Dale Earnhardt but failed to provide much satisfaction. There was no concrete reason cited for Earnhardt's death, although heavy play was given to the seat belt that broke in Earnhardt's car during his accident on the last lap of the Daytona 500 Feb. 18. In other words, business as usual.