Blog Heap o' Transport Links

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Blog-Heap links regarding transportation and related infrastructure,
also energy, because it takes energy to transport,
and virtuality, because telepresence saves on transpresence.


Tesla Orbits Sun
Dr. Tar, IOTW Report Sat 2018 Feb 10, 4:34pm

…red Tesla convertible …launched into space this week … While it seemed the flight controllers intended to send the vehicle into orbit around Mars, the car will instead circle the Sun, avoiding a fiery return to Earth or smashing into Mars or the asteroid belt…

Close enough for spacecraft.


Smallest Rocket to Orbit a Satellite
rickl, Ace of Spades Sat 2018 Feb 3, 1:33pm

During the night, Japan broke the record for the smallest rocket to orbit a satellite. They modified a two-stage suborbital sounding rocket by adding a third stage and a guidance system, and put a 6 lb. cubesat into orbit. (The previous record was also held by Japan, in 1970.)

Here is an article about it:

And the launch video:


Saving Coal
Mike Coppock, Tulsa World Mon 2018 Jan 29, 6:15pm

“If Hillary Clinton had won, I would have to have shut down,” says Clay Hartley, owner of Phoenix Coal Mining in Vinita [OK]…


Gene Cernan, Last Man on the Moon, dead at 82
Dr. Tar, IOTW Report Mon 2017 Jan 16, 6:43pm

One can truly say that we have now passed out of perhaps the golden age of space flight . Apollo 17 Commander and the last man to stand on the moon, Gene Cernan, died today at the age of 82.…


Okla Flag
OPEC Threatened by Tiny Oklahoma Town
Javier Blas, Mark Shenk, Bloomberg Sat 2016 Dec 17, 4:32pm

For OPEC, there are few enemies more fearsome than the tiny Oklahoma town of Cushing.…

Heh. Trigger warning: links to Bloomberg

Transport Future

Cars Conspiring
BlazingCatFur Thu 2016 Dec 15, 8:14pm

All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a proposal released Tuesday by the Transportation Department.

Officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.…

(Links to AP story.)

Good idea? Probably more problems than helpful, like most such ideas.

Here is the "Getting From Here to There" panel predicting this, though.


Microwave Fracking
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker Thu 2016 Dec 8, 7:16pm

…the never-ending quest for new technologies has yielded a potentially revolutionary replacement or substitute for fracking: microwaving shale to extract oil and gas.…


John Glenn, RIP
Wikipedia Thu 2016 Dec 8, 7:13pm

…John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016) was an American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio. In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the earth, circling three times. Before joining NASA, he was a distinguished fighter pilot in both World War II and Korea, with five Distinguished Flying Crosses and eighteen clusters.

He was one of the "Mercury Seven" group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first astronauts. On February 20, 1962, Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission and became the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space. Glenn received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978, and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. Glenn was the last surviving member of the Mercury Seven after the death of Scott Carpenter.…

Nature vs Transport

Bald Eagle
Eagle Caught in Grill of Car
Katherine Rodriguez, Breitbart Tue 2016 Oct 11, 11:19pm

…A driver reported that the bald eagle flew in front of an oncoming vehicle and got stuck in the grill… quickly chased the other car down, notified him that he had a bird stuck in his grill, and called 911…

Amazing photo

Transport Tragedy

Hoboken Train Crash - 100s Injured
Breitbart News Thu 2016 Sep 29, 10:33am

…commuter train… crashed into a station in Hoboken, New Jersey.… "We have a 100 plus injuries. Most of them are critical."…

Cause unknown so far. Rumor of something on the tracks.


Violent AmerInd Protest At Pipeline
Jen Lawrence, Breitbart Mon 2016 Sep 5, 8:24pm

…Four private security guards and police dogs were injured when they were confronted by hundreds of protesters outside of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Tribal spokesman Sitting Bear reported that six protesters—including one child—had been bitten by security dogs. Sitting Bear also indicated that at least thirty protesters had been pepper-sprayed during the encounter. However, according to local law enforcement, no injuries of protesters had been reported, and no arrests were made.…

Whoever brought the child was particularly irresponsible!

Nature vs Transport

Lightning Strikes Car
Dallas Franklin, KFOR Fri 2016 Sep 2, 11:34am

CATOOSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma driver was shaken up after lightning struck their car… driver was able to maintain control, but was quite shaken up. … driver immediately called for an ambulance. … When fire crews arrived, they noticed smoke coming from beneath the vehicle’s hood. That is when the 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid caught fire…


Gasoline Recalled for Unacceptably High Levels of Ethanol
Nikki Ferlaino, KFOR Wed 2016 Aug 31, 11:18am

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission released a statement Tuesday that Magellan Midstream Partners has issued a recall on gasoline containing high levels of ethanol.…

Any amount jof ethanol is unacceptably high

Digital Future is Now

No VR Porn, For Now
Paul Bois, Truth Revolt Tue 2016 Aug 16, 11:01pm

…one of the nation's leading Virtual Reality companies THE VOID has rejected… explicit content on their immersive hyper-reality experiences," which will open to the public in "VOID Experience Centers" around the world.…

Can't hold off the inevitable


Corn for Cars - Another "Green" Giant Foul-Up
Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Bloomberg / Examiner-Enterprise Sun 2016 Jul 31, 9:25pm

More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ethanol and other biofuels to gasoline, some groups regret the resulting agricultural runoff in waterways and conversion of prairies to cropland — improving the odds that lawmakers might seek changes to the program next year.…

Transport Tragedy

Hot Air Balloon Crash Leaves 16 Dead
Katie Mansfield, Express (UK) Sat 2016 Jul 30, 7:09pm

16 PEOPLE have been killed in a hot air balloon crash near Austin, Texas in one of the deadliest balloon accidents on record. The balloon caught fire before hitting the ground near Lockhart, south of the city of Austin.…


47 Years Since One Giant Leap for Mankind
Rob Verger, Fox News Thu 2016 Jul 21, 11:33am

Wednesday marks the 47th anniversary of when NASA astronauts first landed on the moon, a giant leap of an accomplishment that still resonates today, over four and a half decades later.…

Transport Future

Tesla Wins the Prize for First Driverless Car Death
BlazingCatFur Fri 2016 Jul 1, 11:42am

US authorities are investigating the first death potentially caused by self-driving technology. …driver of a Tesla car died in Florida in May… Model S car was unable to recognise “the white side of the tractor trailer against a brightly lit sky” that had driven across the car’s path.…

Note well: Death caused by "self-driving" technology. And why, if it happened in May, are we only now finding out about it?
• citing BBC

Nature vs Transport

Mayflies Bury Bridge
Andrew P Collins, Jalopnik Fri 2016 Jul 1, 12:08am

The Havana, Illinois police department says be careful on the bridge; it’s covered in bugs. …six inches deep… made of mayflies… has bogged cars and crashed motorcycles.…

Snail Slime on the Autobahn
UPI Fri 2016 Jul 1, 12:05am

A car crashed while traveling on the Autobahn in Germany after police say it slipped on slime produced by a group of snails.…

Transport Future

Pig Poo Pavement
Mary Beth Griggs, Popular Science Thu 2016 Jun 30, 3:11pm

Roads …one day they might be paved with pig manure. …pig manure has oils that can be used to create a petroleum-like substance, which can be mixed with sand or gravel to make a strong asphalt substitute.…

Bacon! Is there anything it can't do?

Transport Disaster

Locomotive Head-On in Texas Panhandle
News9 / CBS Wed 2016 Jun 29, 12:12am

A head-on collision involving two freight trains caused several box cars to derail and erupt in flames in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday, injuring an unknown amount of people and leading authorities to evacuate people who live nearby.… Billy Brown, a farmer who lives in the area, said he saw a fireball erupt after the collision. … "I don't know how anyone survived," Brown said. "It's terrible. I've seen a number of train wrecks but I've never seen one like this."…

Digital Future is Now

Self-Liberating Robot May be Terminated
Lucas Nolan, Breitbart Sat 2016 Jun 25, 7:57pm

A Russian robot with artificial intelligence and programmed to learn may be destroyed following its second attempt at escaping its creators.… other robots of the same series have not attempted to escape like Promobot IR77, leading them to question what it is about this particular robot that so desperately wants to escape.…


Animals and Transport

Man Performs C-Section to Save Fawn
Terry Turner, Good News Network Fri 2016 Jun 17, 2:53pm

A tourist driving through Alberta performed a make-shift C-section to deliver a fawn, after its mother was struck by a car.…


Fighting Windmills With Airports
Paul Monies, NewsOK Sun 2016 May 22, 7:22pm

…airport boom is underway in southwest Oklahoma …state law passed last year that put in siting regulations on wind turbines… said the turbines had to be at least 1.5 nautical miles — 9,100 feet — from a school, hospital or airport.… Rural landowners who don't want wind developments nearby are using the law to push the turbines back. Privately, some wind industry representatives accuse them of blocking wind farms with what they call "shamports.…"

Transport Business

TSA Causing Delays, Missed Planes, Lost Luggage
Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection Tue 2016 May 17, 7:55pm

…airlines report that some 4,000 passengers have missed flights at O’Hare Airport because of the long wait times since February, and there have been reports of screening hold-ups, delayed baggage transport, and difficulties at many other airports.… TSA executives got fairly hefty pay bonuses for their hard work..… guess who the TSA blames for their boobery? You.…

Nature vs Infrastructure

Raccoon vs Electrical Grid
Telegraph (UK) Thu 2016 May 12, 10:05pm

A raccoon's nighttime caper led to nearly 39,000 electricity customers in 12 suburbs losing power overnight after it entered a Seattle, Washington substation.…

Transport Future

Private Monorail Car
Just Like in a Chaufered Limo
Ben Kew, Breitbart Tue 2016 May 3, 9:50pm

Experts are warning that the rise of semi-autonomous cars could lead to couples having sex in moving vehicles.…


Here is a pictorial history of "if this van is rockin'" type getaways, from the Getting From Here to There series: Getting Away From it All.

Transport Future

The Problems of Autonomous Autos
Matt McFarland, Examiner-Enterprise / Wash Post Sun 2016 May 1, 9:12pm

Proponents of autonomous vehicles are in a sticky situation. Self-driving technology is expected to have a tremendous impact on public health and reduce the 1.25 million deaths every year on global roads. At the same time, this emerging technology is a threat to the employment of the millions who are paid to sit behind the wheel — from truck drivers to cab drivers and delivery workers.

Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng, an expert in the world of artificial intelligence, acknowledges the unemployment concerns, but he sees a way forward that offers society the benefits of autonomous vehicles and blunts the negative impact of job losses.…

Human problems be damned, full speed ahead for progress! Right.

See this panel from the "Transport Future" series: Ask Professor Future


Fracking is Evil? What About Lithium Mining?
Big Fur Hat, IOTW Report Mon 2016 Apr 25, 8:30pm

Wanna see where the lithium for all the greenies electric cars comes from?…

Photo illustration

Transport Incident

Airplane Lands on Roadway
NewsOn6 Thu 2016 Apr 21, 11:22pm

BIXBY, Oklahoma - A small plane landed on Memorial Drive at East 121st Street South Thursday afternoon. …pilot was the only person on board the single-engine Cessna. …no one was hurt.…

Digital Future is Now

Microsoft AI Picture "Recognition"
Comrade Stierlitz, People's Cube Mon 2016 Apr 18, 8:17pm

…Microsoft is back at it again… making a robot that guesses what's in pictures. I have taken the liberty of putting some of the more frequent faces on the Kube through the new Microsoft robot and screenshotting the results. It was rather humorous…


Green Fails
Michelle's Mirror Mon 2016 Apr 18, 3:09pm

…And like Socialism, with absolutely no evidence that it actually works, your government will keep doubling down on the failed ideals of green energy. With your money!…

Great list of failed subsidized "green" energy companies.


Huge Oil Supertanker Lines
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge Sat 2016 Apr 16, 12:33pm

…Because as ports struggle to cope with a global oil glut, huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered, Reuters reports today.

The vessels, filled with oil worth around $7.5 billion at current market prices, would stretch for almost 40 km (25 miles) if formed up in one straight line.…

In 1939 the US Department of the Interior said that American oil supplies would last only another 13 years.…
In 1949 the Secretary of the Interior announced that the end of US oil was in sight.…
-Great Moments in Failed Predictions


New Bio-Solution for Oil-Field Waste
Adam Wilmoth, Examiner-Enterprise Fri 2016 Apr 15, 7:30pm

An oil-field waste product that poses environmental challenges and is linked to earthquakes could become a valuable economic resource if the efforts of Oklahoma State University researchers are successful.

Biosystems and agricultural engineering professor Nurhan Dunford and her team have spent much of the past five years developing strains of algae that can be turned into biofuels and feedstocks for food or medicines. The researchers also are using the algae to clean water contaminated by agriculture and oil production.…

Transport Near-Tragedy

F-15 lands with one wing
adimadi1, YouTube Wed 2016 Apr 13, 12:30pm

f-15 landing safely with one wing!!! only in israel the best pilots in the world.
it hapeened 26 yr ago but only now it can be shown

Video: 6:05

Digital Future is Now

ReasonTV, YouTube Fri 2016 Mar 18, 10:44pm

…On Ethereum, the same types of services offered by companies like Facebook, Google, Ebay, and Amazon, will be provided instead by computers distributed around the globe. But how does Ethereum bring together these scattered nodes into one network? By using the groundbreaking organizational system known as a blockchain, which The Economist has aptly dubbed "the trust machine."…

Video: 8:10


Solar Energy Incinerating Birds
Alatheia Larsen, mrc News Busters Fri 2016 Mar 18, 7:02pm

…a solar energy project in Nevada is creating a lethal solar flux that singes, blinds, and even vaporizes birds.… Video shows that in early 2015, at least 115 birds disintegrated as they flew into the project’s solar flux during a testing period…

Animals and Transport

Ostrich Chases After Cyclists
Oleksiy Mishchenko, YouTube Mon 2016 Mar 7, 8:25pm

…Suddenly, I spotted a white ostrich on my left, then this beast jumped on the road from the right and started chasing my friends! It was a little scary at first, but then I thought I gonna fell of my bike from laughter. The ostrich didn't have any problem to keep up at 50km/h and apparently they do 70km/h with no sweat.…

The ostrich just got into it. Video: 1:19


Lankford: End Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Chris Day, Examiner-Enterprise Wed 2016 Feb 3, 2:02pm

U.S. Sen. James Lankford wants to phase out federal renewable energy production tax credits by 2031, making 2019 the last year to apply for a credit. The Oklahoma Republican offered an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 on the Senate floor Wednesday.…

Good for Lankford!

Infrastructure Threat

When Smart Meters Go Dumb
Blazing Cat Fur Fri 2016 Jan 15, 5:55pm

…In the latest snafu, 36,000 rural smart meters aren’t transmitting their data to Hydro One, because local Wi-Fi signals aren’t strong enough. If smart meters can’t transmit data, they become dumb meters.…

As noted earlier under this heading, "Smart" meters are a dumb choice.

Infrastructure Threat

Electric Company Forces Spyware Meters
Paul Monies, NewsOK Thu 2016 Jan 14, 10:47pm

The Oklahoma attorney general's office and a frequent critic of smart meters both took issue Wednesday with a plan by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma to charge extra to customers opting out of the new electric meters. …The utility wants to charge a one-time fee of $183 and monthly charges of $28 to opt out of its smart meter program. Assistant Attorney General Dara Derryberry told the commission those fees were excessive, both when compared to smart meter opt-out programs in 11 other states and in a recent proposal by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. The average one-time fee was $56, while the average monthly fee was $11, she said.…

The electric company recently forced these dangerous, spyware-vulnerable, unreliable, and remotely-hackable meters on my home. If I had to pay a monthly fee of $10, I could almost see opting out, but the one-time fee (for not installing something??) and the exorbitant monthly fee was prohibitive.


Okla Oil & Gas Assoc.: We Are Working On Quake Problem
Leslie Rangel, KFOR Sun 2016 Jan 10, 12:56pm

…"The notion that the governor and commission aren't doing anything isn't accurate. It's not fair," said Chad Warmington, president of the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association.

Warmington said, for some time, they have been cooperating with the state in an effort to slow down the quakes.

"There's nothing to hide, and there's nothing we can hide. We report it daily. The commission has it all," Warmington said. "They requested it because, again, they're trying to get their arms around okay, if we have seismic activity in a certain area, let's go back and see if we can't have a correlation to certain injection activity at certain wells to certain distances."…

Transport Future

Passenger Drone
Blazing Cat Fur Thu 2016 Jan 7, 10:37pm

A Chinese drone maker has revealed a giant quadcopter big enough to fit a passenger.…

Infrastructure Threat

Pentagon Plan for Grid Collapse
Ellie Zolfagharifard, Daily Mail Sat 2015 Dec 19, 4:02pm

…Dubbed Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization (RADICS), its goal is to develop automated systems to deal with a loss of power. They say these systems should help utilities engineers restore power within seven days of an attack.…

Animals and Transport

Deer Hunting with Vehicle
NewsOn6 Wed 2015 Dec 16, 5:56pm

…an officer responding to a Tulsa shooting scene hit a deer with his SUV.… officer swerved to miss the eight-point buck but still struck it. The collision killed the deer. … officer was not injured…

Infrastructure Threat

Breach could put 431,000 people in harm’s way
George Getschow, Dallas News Tue 2015 Dec 15, 7:32pm

…Even before last spring’s rains, the Lewisville Dam was listed by the Corps as the eighth-most-hazardous in the country. Recent rains have made it worse, the Corps says.

The dam is so unstable now that the Fort Worth District is considering asking Corps headquarters to upgrade its risk classification to the highest: “critically near failure” — that is, “almost certain to fail under normal operations … within a few years without intervention,” according to a Corps document.…


Arbuckle Formation Poorly Understood
Joe Wertz, StateImpact Mon 2015 Nov 30, 10:37pm

…Once it’s injected, these disposal wells transport waste fluid from the surface deep underground, often into the Arbuckle formation.

This formation is popular — and poorly understood. But scientists, state officials and the oil and gas industry are in a rush to figure it out…

Transport Future

Autonomous Modular Vehicles
Margaret Rhodes, Wired Tue 2015 Nov 3, 4:15pm

When Tommaso Gecchelin envisions the future of urban transportation, he, like many people, imagines a system of driverless electric cars. But in Gecchelin’s vision, the system is modular. Its boxy vehicles are flat-sided, identically sized, and can link up and disconnect on the fly. …

Hmm. This looks exactly like what I predicted in the Modular Compartments panel of the Getting From Here to There series! Hmmm.

Transport Disaster

The Worst Car in the World
Blazing Cat Fur Mon 2015 Oct 12, 8:10pm

“Worst car ever built,” is a phrase that gets flung around with the careless impunity of a toddler with a bag of superballs. Whatever you’ve once called the “worst car” is wrong. …

[Video, 4:06, Jalopnik, YouTube]


Apollo Moon Mission Pix
Dianny, Patriot Retort Sat 2015 Oct 10, 8:09pm

…more than eight thousand awesome, never-before seen pictures of the Apollo missions to the moon.…

Animals and Transport

Buzzilion Bees Take Over Oklahoma Highway
NewsOK Thu 2015 Oct 1, 5:07pm

…A Garvin County sheriff deputy's vehicle was nearly swallowed by a swarm of bees from an overturned rig Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Carl Zink suffered only one bee sting during the incident…

Amazing photo


100 weird objects in space
Martin Chilton, Telegraph UK Tue 2015 Sep 29, 3:39pm

…The Beatles song [Across the Universe] is travelling across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second to reach North Star, Polaris, which is 431 light years away from Earth. …

Infrastructure Threat

Keys to the City - Cheap!
Susan Edelman, NY Post Mon 2015 Sep 21, 9:39am

Master keys for every elevator in the city, major construction sites, subways and skyscrapers are being freely sold online, despite a city law that makes it illegal for unauthorized persons to possess them.

A New Jersey-based lock company is peddling an unlimited supply of New York City’s “1620” fire service keys on eBay at $15.50 for two.…

Another Attack in SF
Blazing Cat Fur Mon 2015 Sep 21, 8:15am

On Monday, September 14, unknown suspects cut backbone fiber optic Internet cables in Livermore California in what appears to be the fourteenth attack on critical communications infrastructure in a region of the U.S. that is a primary target for economic and cyber warfare.…


I'll Keep You in My People Zoo
Rob Waugh, Sat 2015 Sep 5, 9:05am

An ‘intelligent’ robot offered a truly chilling answer to an interviewer’s question, ‘Will robots take over the world?’

‘Don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake,’ the bearded robot intoned.…

The robot – modelled after Philip K Dick…

I can see the source of the error from here…


Inflatable Space Elevator
Sarah Knapton, Telegraph UK Tue 2015 Aug 18, 7:50am

Astronauts would ascend 12 miles into the stratosphere before taking off under new plans to build a space lift… “From the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower for refuelling and reflight.” …

"Inflatable." What could go wrong?


EM Drive
Francis W. Porretto, Liberty's Torch Sat 2015 Aug 1, 4:39pm

……ejecting matter in the opposite direction? A drive that ignores the sacred Law of Conservation of Momentum? Hey, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…


Robots Walk on Water
Joshua A. Krisch, Vocativ Sat 2015 Aug 1, 4:10pm

Researchers created the lightweight, leaping robot after studying how pond-skimmer insects push off the water’s surface without sinking. …

Wait, weren't there little (non-robotic) water-skimming toys of similar design, years ago? Or am I having false childhood memories?

Transport Future

Hijacking Self-Driving Cars
Andy Greenberg, Wired Fri 2015 Jul 24, 7:19pm

…Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass.

As I tried to cope with all this, a picture of the two hackers performing these stunts appeared on the car’s digital display: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wearing their trademark track suits. A nice touch, I thought.…

Infrastructure Threat

Internet Infrastructure Under Attack
Fox News / AP Fri 2015 Jul 3, 12:05pm

Someone sliced high-capacity fiber optic cables in Northern California Tuesday in the latest of a dozen cases that have prompted massive Internet outages and stoked fears of a "coordinated attack" as the FBI investigates.

The FBI is investigating the wave of attacks, which on Tuesday disrupted service in some areas of Northern California, including the Sacramento and Rocklin areas. The damage is being treated as vandalism, although Internet provider Wave Broadband called the outage part of a "coordinated attack" on fiber cables.…


Injection Seen as Cause of Okla Quakes Tue 2015 Jun 23, 6:11pm

"What we've learned in this study is that the fluid injection responsible for most of the recent quakes in Oklahoma is due to production and subsequent injection of massive amounts of wastewater, and is unrelated to hydraulic fracturing," said Zoback, the Benjamin M. Page Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

Animals and Transport

Cat Excited
Cat Goes Gliding
TVNZ Tue 2015 Jun 23, 6:33pm

Two people in an open-cockpit glider were surprised when they noticed a four-legged friend had joined their trip.

Transport Disaster

Man Killed When His Model A is Struck
NewsOK / AP Tue 2015 Jun 23, 6:06pm

An Oklahoma woman is facing a manslaughter charge after police say she killed a man driving a 1920 Model A car.…


Philae Awakes! Mon 2015 Jun 15, 9:18am

The European Space Agency says the comet lander Philae has come back to life after hibernating for seven months. It is the first communication with the probe since it landed in November.…


Takeaways from Oklahoma Earthquake Research
Joe Wertz, State Impact Thu 2015 Jun 4, 10:30pm

Takeaways From Oklahoma Earthquake Research…

3. Most disposal wells aren’t triggering earthquakes…

Transport Threat

Multiple Aircraft Threats
Meghan Keneally and Josh Margolin, ABC News Mon 2015 May 25, 12:29pm

…multiple, unconfirmed threats to multiple airplanes bound for different airports.…

Aircraft Threatened
Fox News Mon 2015 May 25, 12:02pm

Monday, U.S. fighter jets escorted an Air France jet to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport after an anonymous threat… [landed]] at a secure location at the New York airport. Details of the reported threat were not immediately clear.


Okla Flag
OK Senate Approves End of Wind Subsidies
Fuel Fix / AP Fri 2015 May 15, 7:44pm

The Oklahoma Senate has given unanimous approval to a pair of bills that will end two separate tax subsidies for the wind industry in Oklahoma.…

Transport Disaster

Train Sped Up Before Curve
Joseph A. Gambardello and Anthony R. Wood, Philly Inquirer Fri 2015 May 15, 8:53am

Right before its fatal derailment on Tuesday night, Amtrak Train 188 accelerated significantly as it approached the Frankford Junction curve… In barely a minute, its speed jumped from 70 m.p.h. to 102 m.p.h. three seconds before the crash…

Transport Disaster

More Info on PA Train Derailment
Wills Robinson & Lydia Warren, Daily Mail UK Thu 2015 May 14, 12:34pm

Brandon Bostian, 32, was driving the New York-bound train when it came off the tracks in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing seven …Memphis, Tennessee-native has been an Amtrak engineer since 2009 …attorney said he had no memory of the deadly crash… about a dozen people are still unaccounted for… NTSB has confirmed the train was speeding before it came off tracks…

Transport Disaster

Amtrak Crash in PA
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit Tue 2015 May 12, 10:40pm

An Amtrak passenger train crashed in Philadelphia tonight. Several people are reportedly trapped in Amtrak 188. …

Nature vs Transport

Storms Wreck Train in Texas
CBSDFW Fri 2015 May 8, 9:02am

A freight train derailed near Valley View in Cooke County early Friday, leaving four railroad workers injured. … The BNSF train consisted of four locomotives and 13 cars. Two of those locomotives crashed into an extension of Lake Ray Roberts. … happened at the height of powerful storms that moved through North Texas on Thursday night and Friday morning. Officials believe that the severe weather is likely to blame for the derailment.

Transport Law

End the License Plate
Jim Harper, Wash Examiner Sun 2015 Apr 19, 6:54pm

…Surveillance cameras are catalyzing this conversation about "privacy in public," but the root of the problem is the lowly license plate. It's an administrative tool from a bygone technological era that has new consequences in the digital age — new, strongly negative consequences for privacy.…

Infrastructure Threat

Undersea Internet Connections
Douglas Main, Newsweek Sun 2015 Apr 5, 4:23pm

…These undersea cables are easy to forget, since they are well out of sight and mind. But without them, the world as we know it would cease to exist… 99 percent of all transoceanic data traffic goes through undersea cables, and that includes Internet usage, phone calls and text messages. This route is also faster than satellite transmissions, by up to eight-fold. …

Transport Safety

Traffic Cone
Much-Needed Okla US60 Overhaul
Mike Erwin, Examiner-Enterprise Sun 2015 Mar 29, 7:10pm

…possibly the most massive single road project in Oklahoma history. …three million cubic yards of dirt is going to be moved during the five-mile realignment effort that started a year ago just to the west of Osage Hills State Park. The $37 million project will level and straighten the dangerous two-lane stretch, in addition to adding much-needed shoulders. … Replacement of three 80-year-old bridges — which transportation recently called “some of the worst bridges we have in the state” — is also being accomplished….


Bolder to Orbit Moon
AFP / Yahoo Wed 2015 Mar 25, 8:18pm

An unmanned spacecraft will fly to a nearby asteroid, deploy a robotic arm to take a boulder from its surface, and then make a multi-year journey to put the boulder in orbit around the moon

Transport Tragedy

Mysterious Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525
Baron Bodissey, Gates of Vienna Tue 2015 Mar 24, 7:03pm

…Taking all of that into consideration together with the statement from the moderator of the A320 Pilots Association that the cause was almost certainly ‘pilot incapacitation’, and the presence of at least two Turks on the passenger list, the most pressing explanation is the one I suspect we will hear last from the Islamophiles that rule us. …


Cruz & Bridenstine Author Energy Bill
Nathan Thompson, Examiner-Enterprise Thu 2015 Mar 19, 8:50pm

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla, introduced on Wednesday the “American Energy Renaissance Act” that would rollback or end several federal regulations on the nation’s oil and gas industry.

The proposed legislation, introduced into the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, would leave the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to the states rather than the federal government.

Additionally, the proposed legislation would speed up the permitting process for new refineries, phase out and repeal the Renewable Fuel Standards over five years, end federal regulation of greenhouse gases that have been linked to global climate change, open up national reserves in Alaska and Native American reservations for oil and coal production, and immediately approve the Keystone pipeline, among others.…

Transport Pleasures

1941 Western Flyer RV
Big Fur Hat, I Own the World Report Wed 2015 Mar 18, 4:56pm

…one of only three built by pioneering industrial designer Brooks Stevens… same guy who built the Weinermobile…

[Interior pictures - beautiful vehicle!]


Billion-Dollar Four-Satellite Gravity Study
Marcia Dunn, AP Sat 2015 Mar 14, 10:04am

NASA launched four identical spacecraft Thursday on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun's magnetic fields.

…quartet of observatories is being placed into an oblong orbit stretching tens of thousands of miles into the magnetosphere - nearly halfway to the moon at one point. They will fly in pyramid formation, between 6 miles and 250 miles apart, to provide 3-D views of magnetic reconnection on the smallest of scales.

Magnetic reconnection is what happens when magnetic fields like those around Earth and the sun come together, break apart, then come together again, releasing vast energy. This repeated process drives the aurora, as well as solar storms that can disrupt communications and power on Earth. …

Digital Future is Now

"Iron Man" Gives 7yo Real Bionic Arm
Leon Siciliano, Telegraph UK Thu 2015 Mar 12, 7:42pm

…Alex has two favourite things, riding his bike and superheroes. But Alex has a birth defect, his right arm is only partially formed making it difficult to ride his bike. Limbitless… builds 3D-printed bionic limbs for disabled children… enlisted a fairly special friend to [give Alex his bionic arm].

[I can imagine a 7yo thinking, I know he's just an actor who plays genius inventor Tony Stark in the movies, but he brought me a real bionic arm! Don't know which is cooler, that I've got a bionic arm, or that I got it from Iron Man!]

[Video, 2:19, officevideos on YouTube]

Transport Near-Tragedy

OKC 8yo Drives 20 Miles
Rachelle Blidner , New York Daily News Thu 2015 Mar 12, 7:16pm

"A deaf 8-year-old boy went on an overnight joyride through Oklahoma City, driving 20 miles before crashing into a curb on the other side of the city Thursday…"

[He couldn't hear the sirens?]


Pump That Jack
BuddyPC, Ace of Spades Sun 2015 Mar 8, 11:00am

"I dispatched the scissors-jack altogether, and got a 2 ton hydraulic bottle jack which you simply place under the lift bracket along the frame and pump up and down. 16 bucks at evil walmart. 4-5 ton rated ones are only 29."

Wrench That Jack
Sticky Wicket, Ace of Spades Sun 2015 Mar 8, 10:53am

You know those scissor jacks that most cars come with? They have that articulated crank thingy that invariably leads to scraped bloody knuckles? Takes forever to get the car high enough to remove the tire?

Toss the crank thingy, and use a cordless impact wrench, and suitably sized socket instead. (Those universal sockets, with all the pins inside, work rather well).

Even at home, when rotating, or swapping winter/summer tires, it works better than my hydraulic floor jack.


Levin Crusades for Carbon Dioxide
Tim Cavanaugh, Wash Examiner Thu 2015 Mar 5, 8:41pm

…“My heart goes out to the people of Boston,” Levin, who is also president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, told the Washington Examiner Thursday. “It’s obvious their political leaders don’t care that they have been suffering so much this winter. They want to make energy more expensive and keep people freezing and miserable. I am hoping to start this movement in the coldest areas, the bluest areas. I want to encourage people to drive their cars more often, keep their lights on, and use more energy, which is what gives us life.”…

Okla Flag
Small US Town Holding Billions in Black Gold
Morgan Brennan & Justin Solomon, CNBC Thu 2015 Mar 5, 4:22pm

Cushing, Oklahoma, 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, is a sleepy town with a population just under 8,000. It's also the intense focus of every major player in the American oil market right now.

North American crude oil is pouring into Cushing, where dozens of steel storage tanks fan out from the outskirts of town, tank farms that march on for miles and connect to every major oil patch in North America through an maze of pipelines. Cushing's nickname is "The Pipeline Crossroads of the World." …

But with WTI prices plunging by half since last summer, more crude has been coming into Cushing since late 2014 than has been flowing out. And storage capacity has been filling up—fast.

Transport Disaster

Another Reason for a Pipeline
TH Media Thu 2015 Mar 5, 8:37pm

"GALENA, Ill. — At least eight railcars derailed this afternoon south of Galena, sparking a massive fire and smoke that can be seen for miles. … No injuries have been reported…."


Bald Eagle
Cresent Dunes Streamer Project
Brian Stallard, Nature World News Tue 2015 Mar 3, 3:46pm

"…the last thing you'd likely expect is for a new experimental array to literally light nearly 130 birds in mid-flight on fire. And yet, that's exactly what happened near Tonopah, Nevada last month during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project. …"

[Actually, that's just what anyone who's been paying attention would expect.]


Cruz on NASA's Future
Hunter Walker and Jessica Orwig, Business Insider Mon 2015 Mar 2, 6:14pm

Ted Cruz: "We must refocus our investment on the hard sciences, on getting men and women into space, on exploring low-Earth orbit and beyond, and not on political distractions that are extraneous to NASA’s mandate. I am excited to raise these issues in our subcommittee and look forward to producing legislation that confirms our shared commitment to this vital mission."

Infrastructure Threat

Arizona Communications Shutdown
Adam Kredo, Wash Free Beacon Sat 2015 Feb 28, 6:29pm

"Cellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation…"

All too easy.


Turban O
The Fight Finally is Taken to the Oval Office
Dan Butcher, Pundit Press Tue 2015 Feb 24, 6:24pm

President Obama said on Tuesday that he vetoed the Keystone pipeline legislation because it “attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.”

They misspelled "because he wants America destroyed."

Digital Convergence

High Schoolers Lend a Hand
Sarah Zagorski, Life News Tue 2015 Feb 24, 2:20pm

"…Remarkably, the computer science class at Brenham High School used a design on the Internet and a $1500 3D printer to build Kaedon a new hand. …"

Pancake Portraiture
Kinneir Dufort Tue 2015 Feb 24, 2:15pm

"Combining CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology with embedded face recognition and tracking software, the system dispenses layers of batter directly onto a hot plate allowing the creation of detailed and complex images within the pancake surfaces. As the conventional pancake batter is applied it immediately starts to cook and change colour and as subsequent layers are added the different tonal qualities of the image build up. …"

Transport Disaster

Narrow Escape From Train Wreck Explosion
AP / Breitbart Mon 2015 Feb 23, 9:48pm

…Bounds grabbed his cellphone off the bed and walked into the kitchen. As soon as he did, he heard the harrowing squeal of colliding metal and looked outside into the snowstorm. Just 50 feet away, he could see a train crashing.

He bolted out the front door as fast as his bad knees could take him. He didn’t have time to grab his shoes and trudged through the snow in his socks. Temperatures were in the teens. …

As he ran, the wreckage burst into spectacular fireballs that shot into the sky. The yard was on fire and “it blew that hot oil on both sides of me, all over the house, my trucks.” …

Nature vs Transport

Freighter On Lake Erie Overcome With Global Warming
BFH, I Own the World Report Sun 2015 Feb 22, 5:36pm

"The U.S. Coast Guard and its Canadian counterpart are working to free a 647-foot freighter that got stuck in the almost completely frozen Lake Erie Wednesday near Conneaut Harbor. …"

Transport Incident

92-year-old driver hits 10 cars in parking lot
UPI / Breitbart Tue 2015 Feb 17, 3:34pm

"…92-year-old man told officers he became confused and panicked behind the wheel."