Guardian Angel Hired By Swiss Police To Stop Drivers Speeding

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Drivers in Switzerland who spot a winged man dressed in white at the side of the road shouldn’t be alarmed – it’s not a vision, it’s a guardian angel.

Police in the state of Fribourg have hired the professional actor to deter motorists from speeding.

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Trend: Offices in the Backyard

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We noticed a trend going on these days: offices in the backyard! The convenience of just walking rather than driving to work is too good to pass up. Check out these backyard offices that allow people to get away from the house without really getting away and save the hassles of dealing with traffic, commuting costs, or space rentals. (Pics)

 

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Commute Through the Skies with the First Commercial Jetpack

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The world’s first factory making space-age JET PACKS is going into production.

It is the perfect way for city high-fliers to miss the morning rush hour. A company is set to produce the first commercial JETPACKS – and one could be yours for just £50,000.  The traffic jam-beating packs will be manufactured after a multi-million pound deal was signed with an international aircraft company this week.  (Video)

 

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Study: Driver Cellphone Bans Do Not Reduce Crashes

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Impact of cell phone ban doubted

A national crackdown on distracted driving takes an unexpected turn today. A new study shows that the number of traffic crashes did not drop in three states and the District of Columbia after they banned drivers from using handheld cellphones.The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), examined insurance claims for crash damage in New York, Connecticut, California and Washington, D.C., before and after handheld bans took effect and found no reduction in crashes.

 

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LED Traffic Lights Causing More Accidents

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Photo of snow covered LED traffic lights was taken after a fatal crash in Oswego, Ill. on April 6

Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don’t burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.

 

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Solar Traffic Light

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By now we’ve all seen our fair share of green energy cars and devices, but there remains a dearth of public works-centric green tech innovations. Helping to fill the void of cool green-tech-meets-public-works design ideas, Taiwanese designers Cheng-Tsung Feng, Yao-Chieh Lin and Bo-Jin Wang created this solar-powered traffic light that easily could have emerged from the labs at Cupertino. (Pics)

 

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Google Accounts For 71% Of All U.S. Searches

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Google accounted for 71.08% of all US searches conducted in the four weeks ending Oct. 3, 2009, according to research just released by Experian Hitwise. Yahoo Search, Bing, and Ask.com received 16.38%, 8.96%, and 2.56%, respectively. The remaining 52 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for 1.04% of US searches:

 

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Future of Travel: Magnetically Levitating ‘Sky Pods’

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As a society, we are increasingly interested in finding new ways of transportation that are cleaner for the environment. New concepts in mass transit seem to be one of the main ways to move toward this future. However, many people (especially in the U.S.) don’t want to give up the privacy of individual travel. As a result, it might be that so-called “sky pods” may provide the answer.

 

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