Infrastructure Risk

By Carl Southwell | Built structures that present significant risks to their neighbors

Steam Pipe Explodes in Manhattan’s Flatiron District

A steam pipe ruptured underneath a street in the Flatiron district of Manhattan on Thursday morning, producing a thick geyser of white smoke and debris that contained asbestos, the authorities said.<p>Test results that showed there was asbestos in the steam line raised concerns about the long-term …

Bill de Blasio

Mexico City: newly opened Artz Pedregal shopping mall collapses

A newly opened shopping mall in Mexico City has partly collapsed after structural problems apparently led the mall’s operators to evacuate the area. No casualties were reported.<p>Videos posted on social media show a cantilevered, multi-storey section of the mall collapsing in a cloud of dust and …

Mexico City

Ex-Apple worker charged with stealing self-driving car trade secrets

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities charged a former Apple Inc (AAPL.O) employee with stealing trade secrets on Monday, accusing him of downloading a blueprint related to a self-driving car to a personal laptop before trying to flee the country for China, according to a criminal complaint …

Autonomous Cars

Driverless car companies agree to talk safety with Mayor Farrell after fatal crash

Two days after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., technology companies producing driverless cars will meet with San …

San Francisco

L.A. gangs stockpile untraceable 'ghost guns' that members make themselves

A small arsenal of weapons that authorities seized from gang members during a six-month undercover operation lay across the tables at LAPD’s Hollywood station Thursday.<p>It’s not unusual for the Los Angeles Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to grab …

Guns

Home | Dark Patterns

What are dark patterns?<p>Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to. The …

Design

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.<p>One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front …

Domestic Violence

California's Katrina Is Coming

California's always been for dreamers. Dreams of gold brought the forty-niners. Easy seasons and expansive arable acreage brought farmers, dreaming …

Water

Exclusive: Navy Document Shows Plan to Erect 'Austere' Detention Camps

The U.S. Navy is preparing plans to construct sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases in California, Alabama …

Immigration

The workplace of the future

ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) is barging its way into business. As our special report this week explains, firms of all types are harnessing AI to …

Artificial Intelligence

A team of AI algorithms just crushed humans in a complex computer game - MIT Technology Review

Five different AI algorithms have teamed up to kick human butt in Dota 2, a popular strategy computer game.<p>Researchers at OpenAI, a nonprofit based …

Artificial Intelligence

DEC releases draft flood risk management guidance

<i>Supports Cuomo's Resilient NY initiative to bolster community resiliency & reduce flood risk</i><i>Public encouraged to comment on flood risk guidance by</i> …

New York State

Methane Releases Escalating, Endangering Climate And The Ultimate Health Of Oil And Gas Producers

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies have created a boom in the U.S. oil and gas shale business. But in doing so, they have helped produce a negative side effect — a hefty increase in methane emissions, which are 80-times more powerful than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat in …

Oil & Gas Industry

The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem

The American oil and gas industry is leaking more methane than the government thinks — much more, a new study says. Since methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, that is bad news for climate change.<p>The new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, puts the rate of methane emissions from …

Oil & Gas Industry

Time for the Big One? Research suggests risk of California earthquake higher than previously thought

Geophysicists are hypothesizing that the San Andreas fault line in California could be the central point of a massive earthquake after new research …

A Retired Astronaut Said That It Is Too Risky For Humans To Go To Mars

Close<p>NASA and other aerospace companies are rushing to take humans to Mars. However, one former space traveler put a damper on the mission.<p>Enter …

Magnitude 6.1 Quake Strikes Japan, Killing 4, Injuring Hundreds

<b>Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET</b><p>A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked the Osaka region of western Japan on Monday morning, killing at least four people and injuring more than 350 others, NHK reported.<p>The temblor struck shortly after 8 a.m. local time, causing severe damage to roads, bursting water mains and …

Natural Disasters

Best practices for making a drone waiver safety case to the U.S. FAA

...’ve ever registered a UAS online, the <b>account</b> information that you used to register your drone is now your DroneZone <b>account</b>. The FAA envisions it …

FERC Order Announces Policy Shift To Limit Environmental Review in Pipeline Certification Decisions

Announcing an unexpected policy shift, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order on May 18, 2018, limiting its analysis of…

Proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration Rule

Rule Summary<p>On May 17, 2018, EPA's Administrator signed a proposed rule requesting public comment on several proposed changes to the final RMP …

EPA issues revised Risk Management Program proposed rule

On May 18, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a pre-publication version of a proposed rule revising the agency’s Risk…

Germany orders Mercedes to recall 774,000 diesel models

The auto industry's diesel emissions scandal continues to spread its noxious tentacles. According to a new Bloomberg report, the latest company in the crosshairs is Daimler, makers of Mercedes-Benz. The automaker is being ordered by the Germany government to recall 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe …

The Damaging Environmental Legacy of President Trump

As Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan enters the twilight of his career, the upcoming midterm elections could be pivotal in determining …

UCLA faculty voice: Artificial intelligence can’t reason why

Professor Judea Pearl writes about how the current data-crunching approach to machine learning misses an essential element of human intelligence.

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Facebook says millions of users who thought they were sharing privately with their friends may have shared with everyone because of a software bug

A new software bug is Facebook’s latest self-inflicted privacy headache.<p>After a year of troubling mishaps on its massive social platform, Facebook has landed itself in yet another self-inflicted privacy debacle.<p>As many as 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting items they only …

Social Media

Norman

1921<p>Rorschach test was created<p>Hermann Rorschach created the Rorschach test in 1921 as a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots …

When artificial intelligence goes bad: Reddit made 'Norman' a psychopathic AI

AI is, of course, one of the latest big buzzwords in the tech industry, but here’s something new: Norman, the world’s first "psychopathic" artificial …

TransCanada issues force majeure on Columbia natural gas transmission - Natural Gas

TransCanada declared a force majeure on the LXP line in Marshall County, West Virginia, after a "pipeline incident" Thursday morning, according to a …