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from Photographers' Blog:

Life of a crash test dummy

Landsberg, Germany

By Michael Dalder

Have you ever thought about the number of cars that are on the road every day?

According to research by WardsAuto, in 2010 the number of cars in operation around the globe grew to more than 1 billion for the very first time.

That’s a lot of cars. No doubt, it also means a lot of accidents every day. But I had the chance to witness the work of some engineers – along with their reticent assistants – whose job it is to help prevent these accidents from happening by researching car safety.

I spent two days at the crash-test laboratory of the German motor club ADAC in Landsberg, near Munich, photographing the “daily routine” of crash test dummies.

The ADAC has a crash test facility accredited by the car assessment program Euro NCAP, where it probes the safety of vehicles, carrying out different tests and rating cars’ performance.

from India Insight:

Know your rights: staying safe in India’s rape capital

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily of Thomson Reuters)

Despite increased media scrutiny of violence against women after the Dec. 16 gang rape case, such incidents continue to be reported in and around New Delhi -- now holder of the infamous title, "India's rape capital."

from MacroScope:

Personal safety and economic health in New York City

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg often makes the point that the city’s economic health depends on steadily reducing crime rates. Speaking late last week at at a conference organized by the Regional Plan Association, a group that tries to improve the quality of life in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, Bloomberg said:

A woman can walk in every neighborhood I know in the day without looking over her shoulder. There are some areas where I wouldn’t recommend it at night.

from George Chen:

China’s toxic leaks and social unrest

By George Chen
The opinions expressed are the author’s own.

What does PX mean? That's the keyword for China from the past 24 hours.

State media reported that residents of Dalian were recently forced to flee when a storm battering the northeast Chinese coast, whipping up waves that burst through a dyke protecting a local chemical plant. The plant produces paraxylene (PX), a toxic petrochemical used in polyester.

On Sunday, some angry residents finally decided that instead of being forced to flee, the chemical plant should be relocated.

from George Chen:

Not just an accident

By George Chen
The opinions expressed are the author’s own.

We’ve talked about whether China's economy will have a soft or hard landing. In fact, what China needs is a pause. Lots of things in China may be moving way too fast. Including our trains.

On Saturday, at least 35 people died when a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train in eastern Zhejiang province, raising new questions about the safety of the fast-growing rail network. For a Reuters story, click here.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Texting on the lawn, a rough row to mow?

This is the season when thousands of people are being injured by doing really stupid things with a dangerous gadget, and I guess nothing can be done about it because it's probably protected by that Second Amendment.

Naturally, I'm talking about the lawn mower.

According to a shocking new story, people are doing stuff like cutting the grass in flip-flops, drinking alcohol while they mow, and even talking on the phone or texting.

from Reuters Money:

Please don’t kill our product safety, consumer groups say

It has been but a few months since the U.S. launched a database that catalogs safety problems reported by consumers. That repository of information along with third party testing of certain children's products were created under the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which has been credited with improving the safety of imported toys and other goods.

Advocates who hailed the law as an enormous stride in protecting American consumers are now lobbying hard to try to save key provisions from being hacked off in Congress. The House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday voted along party lines to limit who can add information to that database, alter some of the restrictions on lead in children's products, add certain exemptions to testing and allow childcare centers to continue to use products that are no longer considered safe.

from From

Factbox: Toyota’s U.S. recalls rose with fast growth

DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp's displaced Ford Motor Co as No. 2 in the U.S. market in 2007, and the following year it unseated General Motors Co as the world's largest automaker.

But barely a year after overtaking GM, Toyota was launching the first of its damaging recalls that would involve more than 5 million vehicles in the United States -- almost three times the number of U.S. vehicles that Toyota sold in 2009.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Guess they’re SERIOUS about no-smoking here!

Kelli, it's me. Bob. Yeah, we're still on that vacation you booked for us, but listen, we have a question.

We're in, uh, Yemen. Just got here, but I'm not sure we're at the right hotel. Can you go online right quick and tell me what it says about this place?

from The Great Debate UK:

Is the Internet a dangerous playground?

caroline-cockerill- Caroline Cockerill is the Internet Safety Advocate at Symantec, UK. The opinions expressed are her own.-

Today’s children have grown up with the Internet, they know more about it than their parents, but do they know the perils it holds?