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San Francisco Airport uses tech to meet runway safety standards

For the most part, major airports like San Francisco International avoid closing runways whenever possible. But on May 17, SFO will cut its number of active runways in half just as the summer travel season begins.

The reason isn't the low clouds that often slow air traffic at the Bay Area's largest airport, but rather the last phase of a $214 million project designed to bring SFO's runways up to federal safety standards. Airport officials insist the project will result in only minimal delays, but a looming deadline to complete the work means that the airport has … Read more

Red light cameras outside ER make some sick

For some government administrators, the tension between safety and money must cause headaches.

Many justify the need for red light cameras by claiming lives are saved. But then others notice there are profits being made, which tends to raise their bile.

One Florida city, though, may have gone too far.

As Florida Watchdog reports, wise officials has installed red light cameras perilously close to the emergency room at the University Hospital in Tamarac, Fla.

You might conceive that there would be genuine need for some people to run these lights. Ambulance drivers, for example. Or people who have, you know, … Read more

Cadillac ELR: More than a souped-up Volt? (CNET On Cars, Episode 37)

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Fitbit Force users report roughly 10,000 cases of skin irritation

Some side effects can come with activity monitoring with a Fitbit Force health tracker, but they're not sore muscles or an accelerated heart rate -- rather, they involve skin irritation around the wrist.

More than 10,000 people have reported skin irritation -- including redness, rashes, itchy and dry patches, and blistering -- from their Fitbit Force, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Because of these issues, the CPSC posted Fitbit's official recall notice on its site on Wednesday. Now, all Force owners can get a full refund for their device.

The $129 Force, which is … Read more

Couple hospitalized after trying to save flat-screen from fire

On the generous side, none of us knows what we'd do if our homes suddenly caught fire.

On the less generous side, there's been a series of incidents in which people risked their lives -- and in one case lost it -- by trying to retrieve electronic items from burning buildings.

The latest comes from St. Paul, Minn. As the Pioneer Press reports, firemen were called to a burning basement apartment.

Inside the smoke-filled living room, they found a couple grappling with their flat-screen's wires, in a desperate attempt to take it with them.

As St. Paul … Read more

Author Danah Boyd on why teens and social media are 'complicated' (podcast)

When it comes to understanding how teens use social media, there's perhaps no one more clued in than Danah Boyd, except maybe teens themselves. An ethnographer with a Ph.D. in information from the University of California at Berkeley, she has spent the last eight years speaking with and observing teens from all walks of life.

Boyd's new book, "It's Complicated: The social lives of networked teens," is the culmination of this work where, as she writes, she attempts to "describe and explain the networked lives of teens to the people who worry about … Read more

Man runs back into burning house to get cell phone, dies

We can all imagine the instinct, just as we cannot bear what actually happened.

A house in Plano, Texas, caught fire on Thursday. It was 1 in the morning.

You might conceive that neighbors might have noticed and called 911. This they duly did.

However, as CBS Dallas Fort-Worth reports, two men who lived in the house and had managed to escape, suddenly went back inside.

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As Captain Peggy Harrell of the Plano Fire Department told CBS: "The tragedy here is that the three adults living in the home actually made it out of the … Read more

Airbnb makes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors mandatory

Airbnb will require its hosts to confirm that they have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed in their listed accommodations by the end of the year. To help things along, the company is distributing free devices to eligible host in the US.

Airbnb announced plans Friday to distribute various safety tools, including the detectors, to hosts in the United States. The company said in a blog post that it will require all hosts, including international hosts, to confirm that whatever lodgings they've listed have working detectors installed by the end of 2014.

"We know that smoke and carbon … Read more

Watch a Boeing 767's landing gear strained to its limits

Whenever a pilot tells me that planes can withstand all kinds of turbulence and lightning strikes, I believe him.

To the level that I believe a politician when he tells me he can change the world.

However, after many years of flying, it's clear that planes are designed to withstand more than a layperson's mind can imagine.

Which is why footage posted to YouTube on Sunday might reassure one or two of the more-nervous flying types.

Here we have a Boeing 767 landing at my hometown airport, Birmingham in the UK.

In the past few weeks, England has … Read more

CNET on Cars: The how and why of new BMW 4 Series (CNET On Cars, Episode 35)

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The BMW 4 Series explained Why small cars can be more dangerous -- but less so than you think. Using today's high tech automatic transmissions. Top 5 ways technology is reducing driving

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