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U.S. safety campaign seeks to prevent construction site falls

The 335 followers of @NIOSHFACE on Twitter got some grim news on June 15th: A report that a plumber had fallen from the second floor of a building and died more than a year prior. The links posted with the tweet reveal that the fall, which took place two days after Christmas in 2010 but […] [...]

Natural gas vehicles, like the Toyota Prius, face the chicken-and-egg syndrome

While the push is under way in some states to provide roadside battery-charging for the thousands of electric cars on the highways, another alternative, the natural-gas-powered vehicle, mostly sits idle. Anyone who has watched television in the past decade knows about the Chevy Volt and hybrids like the Ford Fusion or the Toyota Prius. But […] [...]

iPad spurs disruption in point-of-sale payment industry

by Published: May 13,2012

Tags: Apple, iPad, Steve Jobs, technology

Apple created and marketed the iPad mobile tablet as a media player for the family, and it is that. But its versatility, coupled with the imaginations of its users, has launched mini-revolutions within some business sectors, as entrepreneurs discover the iPad is a readymade platform for cloud computing. An illustration: App-makers and entrepreneurs are taking […] [...]

Study: Fracking doesn’t pose groundwater risks

In a possible foreshadowing of long-awaited findings by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has found “no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination” from the controversial natural gas extraction method known as fracking. According to project leader Charles Groat, “From what we’ve seen so far, many […] [...]

New study on prolonged sitting puts focus on employers

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine implicating sedentary behavior for causing premature death might put more pressure on government and business to allow employees more time for standing up. The study of some 200,000 Australians age 45 and older showed that those who sat more than 11 hours a day had a […] [...]

Are you sitting down?

Despite a wave of evidence that too much sitting on the job triggers life-shortening illnesses, most companies and safety regulators are in no hurry to change employees’ sedentary working conditions. Among the entities reporting a connection between sitting and cancer, heart disease and other serious health problems are the American Cancer Society, the American Institute […] [...]

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