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Paris Architecture Complicates Fire Rescues

The firefighters climbed one ladder, hand over hand, then shifted over to a second and sometimes a third ladder, hooked precariously from window ledges eight stories above bare concrete. The architecture typical of many Paris residences – hidden central stairwells …

World’s Four Warmest Years Have Occurred Since 2015

The last five years were collectively the world’s warmest on record, two of the largest U.S. science agencies announced on Wednesday. With its fourth place showing, 2018 now ranks behind 2016, 2017, and 2015 and ahead of 2014 on the …

People News: Everest Re Group, RLI, Franklin Insurance Adjusters

Everest Re Group CEO Announces Retirement at Year End 2019 The Board of Directors of Everest Re Group, Ltd. has been informed by its President and Chief Executive Officer, Dominic J. Addesso, that he will retire at the end of …

Commentary: What Happened to ‘Don’t Get in Cars With Strangers?’

On the morning of March 26, 2018, my colleague Yoolim Lee ordered a Grab ride in Singapore. Within hours, she was lying in hospital with a fractured vertebrae and a vertebral artery dissection. Her story, published in the Jan. 19 …

Headlights of the Future Could Offer Safety Benefits

Most people don’t turn on their car’s headlights and think, I wish they were brighter. Shuji Nakamura is not most people. The Nobel Prize-winning illumination scientist has spent the past five years developing a laser-based lighting system. His company, SLD …

CES 2019: Lighting Used to Reduce Autonomous Vehicle Accidents

Reducing autonomous vehicle accidents during testing may be as easy as adding lighting. Hyundai MOBIS showcased the latest Communication Lighting concept at the CES show in Las Vegas this week. Communication Lighting uses an “Indicating Lighting Zone” to indicate when …

Toyota Plans to Share Self-Driving Crash Avoidance Technology

Toyota Motor Corp. – in an unusual move for the cut-throat car business – has decided to share with rivals an automated safety system that uses self-driving technology to keep cars from crashing. The system, known as Guardian, will take …

Multiple Fire Deaths in Poland Escape Room Highlight Safety Risks

A faulty heating system appeared to have caused a fire at a house in northern Poland where five teenage girls died while locked inside a recreational escape room that was installed in the rented dwelling, investigators said Saturday. Firefighters in …

World Bank: Robots Aren’t Killing Off All Our Jobs Yet

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines. While advanced economies have …

North Korea Ordered to Pay $500M in U.S. Student’s Death

A federal judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. U.S. …

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