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Boingboing had a short notice about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (“FARS”), plugging it as an all purpose dicing and slicing source for information on motor vehicle related deaths in the US. You can make your own custom queries to find out about auto fatalities in your own county.…

Carnegie-Mellon’s Dr. Strangeloves

Carnegie-Mellon is a great university and when it comes to robotics and computer science is always on the cutting edge. But does that cutting edge have to be so sharply lethal? Unmanned aircraft are showing up in the skies more often and today the US Army awarded $14.4 million to Carnegie Mellon to build a…

ET don’t phone home (if you are driving)

[This is from two years ago. Since I just got through driving 1000 miles to reach a beach with no internet access — imagine that — I thought it was appropriate. Or not. Just don’t read it while you are driving. Please.] In the 1930s my uncle got a car that had a radio in…

Railroad safety: next stop oblivion

Maybe you didn’t hear about the poison gas attacks on American communities this year. No? Well in January two towns in Kentucky were attacked, a day apart. OK, there weren’t exactly not exactly attacked. That part isn’t true. But assume for a moment that each of the following two incidents was the result of terrorists:

Guns, cars and potent toxins

In another post we pointed out that the number one cause of death in people aged 1 to 44 is unintentional injury. But some injuries are intentional, about half directed to other people and half self directed. Among people aged 15 to 44 intentional injury represents the second leading cause of death, about half homicides…

It kills young people

To date, more than 90% of the bird flu victims have been under the age of 44. But what’s the leading cause of death in people between the ages of 1 and 44 in the US? And the fifth leading cause of death (after heart disease, stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory disease) for overall? And…

The astronaut and the BB gun

The sad saga of Anna Nicolle Smith has pushed the equally sad story of Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak off the front pages and it’s not our intention to revive it. But we would like to call attention to one aspect that has received no discussion:

The Pentagon’s chief medical bully

Lecturers, even at a university like Harvard, are pretty far down the food chain. Even if, like Linda Bilmes an economist at Harvard’s Kennedy School, you were once an Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration and co-authored a paper recently with a Nobel Laureate economist. Lecturers are the kind of vulnerable faculty a…

The last thing little Lizzette Peña ever did in this world was to climb up to get a toy atop the family’s 37 inch TV. It fell and crushed her skull, killing her.