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EPA's draft of 4-year fracking study finds no inherent water risks
ArsTechnica
Back in 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an effort to evaluate the publicly controversial technique of fracking, in which fluid pumped at pressure fractures rock that contains trapped natural gas or oil. Lots of research has been published since then, and the EPA has finally released a draft of its report for public comment and peer review.
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Driving simulator shows many new drivers not ready for the road
Consumer Affairs
If you drive in a lot of traffic, it might not surprise you to learn that not everyone who has a driver's license knows how to drive. Researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the University of Pennsylvania say they have proven this pretty convincingly. They set up what they call the Simulated Driving Assessment, a driving simulator much like the ones pilots use for flight training.
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US safety agency: Collision avoidance tech should be standard on all cars
CNET
Collision avoidance systems have the ability to save lives, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, if only the auto industry would make the effort to install them on all cars.
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Emergency Management
Once known worldwide for a breakout of the plague, Surat is now a public health leader in India.
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Wet spring reduces wildfire risk this month in most of US
The Associated Press via Albany Times Unionn
An unusually wet May has reduced the likelihood of wildfires this month across much of the nation, but the danger will increase from July through September, a national outlook says.
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Train safety changes ordered after Amtrak and Metro-North accidents
The New York Times
The Federal Railroad Administration recently issued a safety advisory for passenger railroads in the wake of two major accidents that killed more than a dozen people and injured hundreds more. The advisory focused mainly on controlling excessive train speeds, which are believed to be the primary cause of the Amtrak derailment last month outside Philadelphia and a Metro-North crash in the Bronx in 2013.
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States try to speed up foster placements
Governing
Imagine you're a foster care caseworker in Wisconsin trying to help a child move from a group home to a relative's house in Maryland. In most of the country, that kind of state-to-state transfer is hampered by paperwork, layers of bureaucracy and conflicting state policies that can lead to delays of anywhere from three months to over a year. But federal officials now believe they've found a solution: a Web-based tool that speeds up interstate placements.
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More than 6.6M homes at risk of hurricane storm surge damage this year
Claims Journal
With more than 6.6 million homes on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts at risk of hurricane storm surge in 2015, CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, estimates the total reconstruction cost value at nearly $1.5 trillion.
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Legal doesn't mean safe: The rise of synthetic drugs
Law Street Media
A soda, a pack of gum, and some psychoactive drugs might all be available for checkout at typical gas stations across the globe. Head shops, gas stations and online sites are legally selling drugs that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime call new psychoactive substances. Also known as designer drugs, herbal highs or legal high drugs, NPS have come under increased international scrutiny as variations of these drugs continue to develop and as alarming research on the dangerous health effects of these substances emerges.
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4 tips for the successful underwriter
Property Casualty 360
Underwriters are constantly under pressure to increase both new business and profitability. With insurance being a competitive market, however, these goals often conflict — as premium growth does not always equate to increased profitability.
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3 feet or else: Chattanooga police use ultrasound technology to enforce law for cyclist safety
Chattanooga Times Free Press
On a gray day threatening rain, Chattanooga bike patrol officer Rob Simmons pedals north on Market Street, hugging the right side so cars can pass easily. A GoPro camera on his right handlebar captures the scene as Simmons cruises. Affixed to the center of the handlebar is a square device in a clear plastic case.
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