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Advanced Storm Warnings May Fail Because People Can’t Read Maps

“We didn’t know it was coming.” April Taylor heard that again and again, and she didn’t understand it. Taylor, a social scientist, was working on trauma recovery in DeKalb County in northeast Alabama following the April 27, 2011, tornado super …

Waymo Accuses Uber of Self-Driving Car Trade Secret Theft

A self-driving car company founded by Google is colliding with ride-haling service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco …

Fraud News: Contents Fraud, Staged Auto Crash Busted; New Workforce Safety App

Louisiana Woman’s Contents Valued at $1000 in Bankruptcy and $100,000 After  Fire Loss A Monroe, La., woman pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a scheme where she lied on U.S. Bankruptcy Court filings and insurance documents, according to United States …

U.S. Drone Near Misses Surged 46% Last Year

Reports of drones violating safety standards in the U.S. continued to climb last year, rising by 46 percent over the same period a year earlier. There were 1,274 sightings of drones flying too close to other aircraft, people and buildings …

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Limits International Reach of Patent Laws

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws. The justices ruled unanimously that the company’s shipment of a single part of a patented …

The Case of the Missing Picasso

As a founder of the Cubist movement, Pablo Picasso is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Today his works are ranked among the world’s most prized and expensive paintings. In 2015, his “Les …

Study Warns on Cumulative Effect of Nuisance Flooding

Climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to researchers at the University of California, …

Commentary: U.S. Highway Death Rate Can Be Cut to Zero

In the near future, the U.S. should be able to prevent thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands, of deaths on the roads and highways. The Department of Transportation has proposed a Road to Zero — the elimination of motor-vehicle fatalities …

U.S. Designates 10 Sites for Testing Autonomous Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently designated 10 “proving grounds” to encourage safe testing of automated vehicle technologies. “The designated proving grounds will collectively form a Community of Practice around safe testing and deployment,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. …

U.S. Motorists Drove Record 3.2 Trillion Miles in 2016

Motorists drove a record 3.22 trillion miles (5.2 trillion km) on U.S. roads last year, a 2.8 percent rise from 2015 and the fifth consecutive year of year-over-year increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Motorists logged 263.6 billion …

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