cars
400 Miles of Hard Shoulder is Going as We Move to “Digital Roads”

"Digital road" is the equally stupid new way of referring to what has been known as the "smart motorway" for a few years, and we're getting more of them. 400 miles more of them, in fact, as statistics say the removal of hard shoulders and the installation of special refuge areas for breaking cars has been a success. Or at least not a disaster. Read More >>

air travel
Boeing’s 737 Max Fix Won’t Be Ready for Weeks

Boeing’s 737 Max line of jets won’t be flying passengers again for at least a few weeks as the company continues working on software and hardware updates deemed necessary after two air disasters, CNN reported on Monday, citing an updated timeline issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Read More >>

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Boeing 737 Max Makes Emergency Landing in Florida, Incident Appears Unrelated to Crashes

A Southwest Airlines jet of the Boeing 737 Max line grounded after two catastrophic crashes was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at Florida’s Orlando International Airport on Tuesday en route to a facility in California, where it was scheduled to be stored in the western Mojave Desert, the Wall Street Journal reported. Just two people were on board. Read More >>

air travel
Report: Ethiopian Transport Official Says 737 Max 8 Jet Crash Has ‘Close Similarities’ to 2018 Crash

Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said that black box data shows the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jet shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019, killing 157 people, bears close resemblances to the crash of another Boeing 737 Max 8 flying with Lion Air that was lost in October 2018 off the coast of Indonesia with 189 on board, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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Boeing Promises to Release Software Update For 737 Max Planes by April

Boeing announced overnight that the company would release a software update for its 737 Max planes “no later” than next month. The announcement, which was posted to Boeing’s website, calls the software release an “enhancement” and explains that it’s related to the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610 which killed 189 people. Sunday’s crash that killed 157 in Ethiopia is only mentioned in passing. Read More >>

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Uber Not Criminally Liable in Fatal 2018 Self-Driving Car Accident, Arizona Prosecutor Finds

Ride-hailing Uber has been found not criminally liable in the death of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who tragically became the first known pedestrian to be killed by a self-driving vehicle when she was struck by an Uber test SUV in Tempe, Arizona in March 2018. Read More >>

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Grand Canyon Museumgoers Exposed to Uranium for Years, Safety Manager Claims

Earlier this month, a US National Park Service safety manager sent a “rogue” email alleging the improper storing of radioactive material at a Grand Canyon facility frequented by children, the Arizona Republic reports. Read More >>

health
America’s E-Scooter Craze Is Sending Lots of People to Hospital, Often With Head Injuries

Electric scooters have become wildly popular, thanks to single-named companies like Bird, Scoot, and Lime creating easy-to-ride, if legally iffy, scooter rental services in cities across the US. But a new study out Friday is seemingly the first to quantify a drawback to these convenient devices: lots of riders are getting hurt and ending up in the emergency room. Read More >>

science
Magic of Science Starts Essex House Fire

Did you know that boring, sedentary household items can cause house fires too? We don't mean the usual suspects like matches, irons, massive pots of cooking oil, unregulated internet fireworks, 1970s gas heaters, or hair dryers with their power cords taped on. Amazingly, even your bedroom mirror can't be trusted enough to be left alone. Read More >>

safety
Woman Ignites Stick of Dynamite While Trying to Light Candle During Blackout

A woman in the US state of Connecticut was severely injured earlier this week after mistaking a quarter stick of dynamite for a candlestick. Read More >>

safety
The Waterpik ‘Flossing Toothbrush’ Is Being Recalled Because It Might Set Your Bathroom on Fire

A freshly debuted $200 (£152) toothbrush that promises to both brush and floss your teeth is heating up bathrooms for all the wrong reasons. This month, the electric toothbrush and water flosser company Water Pik announced a voluntary recall of all units of its Sonic-Fusion toothbrushes over claims that some of the products have shot off sparks and partially melted while being charged. In at least one case, the toothbrush caused a fire. Read More >>

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Uber Now Runs Real-Time Background Checks on Drivers

Uber has begun running constant background checks on its drivers so that the company can know immediately if a driver is charged with a crime. Read More >>

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Tarantulas on the Loose in Derbyshire

Some weird person abandoned a batch of massive imported spiders in a car park in Derbyshire, with onlookers saying the babies remained in the pots to be captured -- but warning that the adult pair "scuttled away." Read More >>

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Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Removes Creepy Passenger Attractiveness Ratings After Woman’s Murder 

China’s ride-sharing behemoth Didi is trying to make its platform safer for users after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by one of its drivers. Read More >>

travel
Study: That Airbnb You’re Staying in Might Be a Fiery Death Trap

Before you book your next stay in an Airbnb, check to make sure it doesn’t run the risk of becoming a blazing hot inferno that will lead to your untimely demise—especially if you're taking a jaunt across the Atlantic. A study published in the journal Injury Prevention found an alarming number of Airbnb venues in the US lack basic safety protections that are required of hotels and other lodging options. Read More >>