Blog Heap o'Transport Links 5 June 2009

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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.

Transport Future

Experts mull over lessons from Brazil plane crash Fri 2009 Jun 5, 5:25pm

PlaneNearly 70 percent of the world's airspace is not radar-controlled, and the existing radar system is likely to remain for at least another decade.


Number of active oil rigs falls by 12 Fri 2009 Jun 5, 3:03pm

The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by 12 this week to 887, down roughly 1,000 from a year ago. Of the rigs running nationwide, 700 were exploring for natural gas and 179 for oil....

Animals and Transport

'Dam' beavers cause train derailment near Canadian capital Fri 2009 Jun 5, 5:20pm

Busy beavers were on Friday blamed for a train derailment that spilled more than 20,000 liters of diesel fuel into the Ottawa River

Woman pulled in front of train by dog is ID'd Fri 2009 Jun 5, 3:20pm

The dog's owner, an 18-year-old man, rode a bicycle around the crossing arms as the train approached... dog apparently began following its owner and pulled the woman into the train's path... both died...

Transport Tragedy

French minister warns about alleged Airbus debris Fri 2009 Jun 5, 5:13pm

PlaneFrance's transportation minister said Friday that French forces have found no evidence of an Airbus A330 airplane that vanished over the Atlantic and urged "extreme prudence" about suspected debris fished from the ocean. Dominique Bussereau said he regretted that an announcement by Brazilian teams that they had recovered plane debris from Air France flight 447 turned out to be false.

Charges dropped in black man's dragging death Fri 2009 Jun 5, 12:47am

The case had been unraveling in recent months because of a lack of eyewitnesses and physical evidence. Last month, a gravel truck driver gave a sworn statement acknowledging he might have accidentally run over McClelland.

Digital Convergence

One Step Closer To The Matrix Fri 2009 Jun 5, 5:36pm

Scientists at the University of Florida are developing a neural implant that can think independently. This is not just an implant that deciphers brain signals, but one that can learn, adapt to various scenarios and help the host achieve certain goals.