Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s. Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

Trump Safety Pitch for Easing Car Standards Rebutted by Study

President Donald Trump’s plan to freeze U.S. vehicle efficiency standards would result in higher costs for motorists without doing anything to boost highway safety, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports that undermines the administration’s chief talking points in favor of the move.

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

GM’s Cruise Rolls Back Its Target for Self-Driving Cars

Cruise, the startup General Motors acquired to develop its self-driving car , will launch an autonomous taxi service on the gnarly, crowded streets of San Francisco, CEO Dan Ammann said Wednesday.

The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements

The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements

In some cases, there are still some very scary side effects .Dietary supplements are a more than $45 billion industry, and they got that way by promising outsize results in nearly every aspect of your physical well-being, from bigger muscles to better heart health.

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

In crash testing, which Thatcham administers according to standards set by the European New Car Assessment Programme, the Model 3 posted a 96 percent score for how it protects adults.

Blame Utilities for Wildfires, But Blame Everyone Else Too

Blame Utilities for Wildfires, But Blame Everyone Else Too

Cut off power and you risk the ire of the state's Public Utilities Commission: Skirting the danger of starting a wildfire could end up bricking medical devices and critical infrastructure.

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

A New Fuel for Satellites Is So Safe It Won’t Blow Up Humans

“We literally sat in a room next to a plastic jug of it when we were fueling the satellite,” says Chris McLean, an engineer at Ball Aerospace and the project lead on NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission.

Amazon Is Building Special Warehouses for Hazardous Items

Amazon Is Building Special Warehouses for Hazardous Items

To avoid future exploding bear repellent incidents, Amazon will now ship hazardous items out of specially engineered warehouses. In the future, Amazon plans to store bear repellent and similarly hazardous items in a new kind of warehouse designed specifically for that sort of merchandise.

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on Self-Driving

A Bet on Uber Is a Bet on Self-Driving

Uber's self-driving cars could be crucial to the company reversing operating losses that topped $3 billion last year. If it works, that self-driving technology might finally lead the ride-hailing company to the kind of profitability its investors—who have sunk more than $22 billion into Uber already—would like to see.

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream

When new research emerged in the late ’90s and early 2000s suggesting that UV-blocking ingredients in chemical-based sunscreens could be absorbed into the human body, the agency began to ask any companies bringing new molecules to market to include such data in their safety studies.

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

However, two complementary approaches, transit-oriented development (TOD) and public space management – or placemaking – can combine both effectively to transform cities.

The Complex Quest to Write a Robocar Driving Test

The Complex Quest to Write a Robocar Driving Test

Together, the groups want that advisory panel to come up with a standard that would force those building self-driving technology explain how their cars can get through bloopers and accidents, even without a driver at the wheel.

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

But they’re emblematic of something that’s happening more and more in the United States right now: people turning to surveillance, and specifically biometric surveillance like facial recognition technology, as a result of the US’s inability to take action to stop gun violence.

A Cab’s-Eye View of How Peloton’s Trucks ‘Talk’ to Each Other

A Cab’s-Eye View of How Peloton’s Trucks ‘Talk’ to Each Other

This is also why Peloton doesn’t platoon in the rain right now, or in the snow: The company can’t yet gauge exactly how tires deteriorate over time, which means it can’t quite predict how they’ll react in a hard-braking situation.

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly

1 Year After Uber’s Fatal Crash, Robocars Carry On Quietly In the year since an Uber self-driving SUV killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, talk around autonomy has shifted to hushed tones, with an emphasis on safety.

Crashed Ethiopian Air Jet Is Same Model as Lion Air Accident

Crashed Ethiopian Air Jet Is Same Model as Lion Air Accident

Altrendo Travel/Getty Images An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 MAX crashed into the ground Sunday morning after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard.

Boeing Issues Safety Warning After a Fatal 737 MAX Nosedive

Boeing Issues Safety Warning After a Fatal 737 MAX Nosedive

Boeing Issues Safety Warning After a Fatal 737 MAX Nosedive U.S. investigators examine recovered parts of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out—Unless Some Lab Tech Screws Up

Polio Is Nearly Wiped Out—Unless Some Lab Tech Screws Up

To uncover those “ potentially infectious materials ,” the Global Polio Eradication Initiative hosts a big table that lists the dates and locations of wild poliovirus outbreaks, and the times each country did live-virus vaccinations, so labs around the world can scan the database and see whether their samples might have originated in a polio-prone area.

Google Says It Wants Rules for the Use of AI—Kinda, Sorta

Google Says It Wants Rules for the Use of AI—Kinda, Sorta

The search company champions self-regulation, highlighting how it has chosen not to offer a general-purpose facial recognition service—as Microsoft and Amazon do—due to concerns it could be used to “carry out extreme surveillance.” The paper also says Google has limited some of the AI research code it has released, to reduce the risk of misuse.

To Prevent Wildfires, Treat Utilities Like Railroad Barons

To Prevent Wildfires, Treat Utilities Like Railroad Barons

(PG&E declined to comment for this story, pointing instead to a press release that says it will “make investments in system safety as it works with regulators, policymakers and other key stakeholders to consider a range of alternatives to provide for the safe delivery of natural gas and electric service for the long-term in an environment that continues to be challenged by climate change.”) Utilities know full well how to manage their risk.

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else Thanks to some clever machine learning, Guardian's system recognizes when the driver takes their hands off the wheel and whether their head is pointed ahead at the road, or down at a phone, or back at the kids.

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

The company fired its safety drivers in that state and has no plans to return.The relaunch comes amid reports of neglect in Uber’s self-driving team in the months leading up to the fatal Tempe crash.

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

The Maddening Struggle to Make Robo-Cars Safe—and Prove It

Autonomy has already killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona when she was hit by a self-driving Uber SUV.In an effort to make its technology safe, Zoox has brought on Mark Rosekind (left), who headed up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and aviation industry and safety engineering veteran Gonzalo Rey. ZooxAnd given that testing on public streets is the only way to make these vehicles ready for real, it’s incumbent on this young industry to guarantee that these things are safe.

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

Even Elon Musk Abuses Tesla's Autopilot

“Now you’re not driving at all,” Stahl said, incredulously, looking over at his feet.Musk went on to demonstrate the car’s new Navigate on Autopilot feature, which lets it change lanes by itself.

This Robo-Truck’s Cameras See Twice as Far as Any Lidar

This Robo-Truck’s Cameras See Twice as Far as Any Lidar

Checking it has plenty of room, it makes a quick juke to the left, pulling its 18 wheels and four human passengers over the dashed white line.This lane change is just one of a variety of impressive maneuvers TuSimple’s self-driving truck executes during a 40-minute demo ride I took with CTO Xiaodi Hou on a sunny Friday morning last month.

This Wasn't Even Amazon's First Bear Repellent Accident

This Wasn't Even Amazon's First Bear Repellent Accident

A July report from The Guardian found that some Amazon workers have suffered injuries that left them unable to work, and in some cases, homeless.The Robbinsville facility where Wednesday’s bear repellent accident happened has drawn scrutiny for other workplace safety issues.

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

Jeep Revives the Pickup and More This Week in the Future of Cars

In: autonomous and electric vehicles, trucks and SUVs. Out: cars.Also in GM news: President Dan Ammann will move out west, to replace Kyle Vogt as CEO of self-driving subsidiary Cruise.

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

I Embraced the PopSocket and It Changed My Damn Life

Giving in to the gripper felt like an admission of my addiction to my phone, that my device is constantly in my hand or within reach. Since I’ve had a Popsocket gripper attached to my phone, I’m not as reluctant to use my device on the train.

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way Safer

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way Safer

Putting Airbags Outside the Car Could Make Crashes Way SaferWhen ZF first studied the idea of an "external side airbag," it found that reducing the intrusion of one car into the other by a bit more than an inch could seriously improve the chances of passengers avoiding serious injury or death.Robert Hoetink/AlamyCrash a new car today, and you might be surprised by how many airbags spring to your defense.

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