Transportation

Don't Worry About Auto Safety

Why is there so much attention about auto safety and manufacturer recalls when nearly all accidents are caused by human error? Shouldn't we worry more about that? NY Times http://nyti.ms/a5387k

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Change Exit Signs to Green from Red

American Exit signs are red and say "exit". Signs in most other parts of the world are green and show a man running - which is much clearer. Slate http://bit.ly/axO6Ei

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Education

Let Kids Walk to School

Security concerns are overblown (and walking might actually be safer). http://ow.ly/qevz

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Safety Stickers in Buses

Georgetown University professors ran an experiment placing stickers in Kenyan microbuses encouraging passengers to complain if drivers are being reckless. Insurance claims dropped 60% compared to a control group. Foreign Policy http://atfp.co/1a8jk4Q

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Evaluate ROI of traffic safety measures

Traffic fatalities and injuries involve over 50 million people per year, costing over $500 billion per year. What are the most cost effective interventions (hint: motorbike safety training in schools...). McKinsey http://bit.ly/14yRj56

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Gaming Safety Belt

Can we encourage kids to use seatbelts by incorporating or enabling videogames only when the seatbelt is attached? Finalist in The Fun Theory Awards. http://bit.ly/9sKUTK

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Wiki Traffic Light

Will more people sit quietly at a red light if you provide user-generated fun fact? Finalist idea in The Fun Theory contest http://bit.ly/9aTVnY

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Fire Extinguisher Wand

Harvard scientists have designed a wand which produces an electric field and extinguishes flames. Time invention of year 2011 http://ti.me/15Fo2Ch

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Health

Choose Safe Hospitals via Data

Recent studies suggest a staggering 440,000 deaths per year -- about one sixth of all deaths -- are caused by hospital errors. Choosing safe hospitals is vital. NY Times http://nyti.ms/193bb0v

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Global Development

In Developing Countries, Focus on Road Safety

1.2 million annual deaths (and growing quickly) makes road safety more deadly than TB or Malaria. It mostly effects young, working age males. Using a few percent of road project expenditures on safety would make a huge difference. Economist http://econ.st/1cdT5uw

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Require Vehicle to Vehicle Communications

New federal regulations may require that all new cars have the ability to communicate with other cars in order to avoid collisions. Wired http://wrd.cm/1eOp0hZ

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For Road Safety, Copy Sweden

New York City is trying to copy Sweden's "no more road deaths" approach to road safety. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1oohTX6

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