Posts Tagged 'safety'

Rounding The Corner On A Zip Line [video]

Warning Signs That Don’t Play Around

FailBlog posted these signs that are as serious as a heart attack.

Interesting Fact – Counter-balance Weights In Aircraft Are Sometimes Made From Depleted Uranium

I was stunned when I heard this.

Neither the Federal Aviation Administration nor the major aircraft manufacturers publish information about which planes and helicopters contain DU components. As one industry insider told a reporter, “No one brags about DU.” However many wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747, Lockheed L-1011,  McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed military C-130 all require the use of counter-balance weights for proper flight control. The Boeing 747 airplane program utilized depleted uranium for its first 550 aircraft built.  The company obtained in excess of 200 tons of the radioactive material, and cast approximately 12,000 parts.

You can read more HERE and HERE.

How To Survive A Lightning Strike [infographic]

Supersize it!

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Way To Go, New York!

Sadly, it was newsworthy that “No Person Got Shot, Stabbed, Slashed, or Murdered in NYC Monday“. Thirty six hours without a murder is a good start, but really?

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Latest GM Recall Harkens Back To Bad Old Days

General Motors’ recall on Chevy Sonics reminds me of the way US car manufacturers were when they thought that they had nothing to fear from import makes. The recall is to check for missing brake pads. If this isn’t bad enough, GM is not notifying the customers for 2 weeks – unbelievable! Imagine if one of the cars is involved in a fatal accident before the customer is notified. This lack of concern for customers is what drove many of them to Japanese cars 25 years ago.

From AutoWeek –

General Motors is recalling 4,296 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact models to inspect for missing brake pads. The missing part could lengthen the stopping distance, potentially contributing to a crash, the company said today in a statement. The recall targets 2012 Chevy Sonic models. The subcompact car–a replacement for the South Korea-built Chevrolet Aveo–went on sale this fall. GM said the company isn’t aware of any crashes or injuries resulting from missing pads. The problem was discovered when a rental Sonic was brought in for warranty service. Customers affected by the recall will start receiving letters from their dealers Jan. 14. GM said it expects “very few cars” to be affected by the problem.

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Wild Monkeys To Help Detect Radiation From Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

MSNBC reports –

Wild monkeys fitted with collars containing detectors and GPS transmitters will help researchers at Fukushima University measure radiation in the forests surrounding a nuclear power plant crippled last March by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. The monkeys will wear the collars for a month and they will be remotely detached, says a team of scientists led by Professor Takayuki Takahashi.

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