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July 22, 2015

Death Penalty a Possibility for Shining Lasers at Aircraft

Despite this danger to flights and the persons on the ground over whom they fly, apparently some people still think it’s “fun” to point powerful laser beams at airplanes. From shooting lights into cockpits from the top of skyscrapers to creating a flashbulb-like effect on the cockpit glass of police helicopters, to the more recent rash of close to three dozen flights over New Jersey and New York reporting lasers attacks on their planes, it looks to me like more than just “monkey see, monkey do” is taking place.

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July 2, 2015

With government entity deal offers, is BP finally changing its tune?

Today, BP disclosed to its investors that it recommends a $18.7 billion settlement to resolve the claims by the United States, the five Gulf Coast states, and local governments that filed suits against the oil company as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Could BP finally be realizing that 2015 may be the year in which it must accept the responsibility for the damages it owes the Gulf Coast area due to the 2010 oil spill and its aftermath?

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March 16, 2015

New train crash technology may be the difference in lives lost due to vehicle collisions

Two particular technologies are often of great interest to the National Transportation Safety Board whenever they investigate the collision between a vehicle and a train: the effectiveness and application of the crash energy management technology, which can use a number of different technologies to dissipate and absorb the force of impact, and Positive Train Control.

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February 4, 2015

The blind oversight of the auto industry

62 million. That’s how many vehicles were recalled by automakers in the United States in 2014. To put that in perspective, that’s about one car for every five on the road. And while GM holds a significant stake in that total with more than 80 separate recalls affecting close to 27 million automobiles just in North America, the Takata airbag issue also had a significant role in pushing this frightening number to its record breaking total.

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December 19, 2014

Trouble with Tylenol®: Even common OTC medication should be taken with care

When the risk of severe, potentially deadly skin reactions is found in association with one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications, you would think that warning the public would be a priority. But a year and a half after publishing an initial consumer update on the risk, the FDA is only now asking that a warning be placed on all acetaminophen-containing medications, including over-the-counter drugs.

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