February 8, 2012 |
In the race to recapture the attention of distracted drivers, Cadillac is skipping the lights and chimes and whistles. It's offering a vibration in the seat - left side or right side - to tell drivers when another car approacheth. Cheeky. It's just the newest way to pull drivers' attention back to the task at hand - or, in this instance, warn them, when backing out of a parking space, of a vehicle about to cross their path. Yet, the drive toward new ways of saying "Look at the road, pal" dances intimately with consumers' desire for ever-cooler high-tech gadgetry that serves to keep us distracted.
March 23, 2011 |
Have tsunamis or earthquakes been in your dreams? You're not alone. Such images arise in dreams all the time. But since the catastrophes afflicting Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, they take on new meaning. What, if anything, do such dreams tell us? They're a response to human suffering - and a portal to the stress in our personal lives. They're a survival strategy as old as evolution. And - at the outer limits of dream theory - there's the possibility that dreams may be a kind of transspecies early-warning system.
July 13, 2005 |
Since floodwaters ravaged parts of Burlington County one year ago, officials in Medford and other heavily hit municipalities have been piecing their towns back together. Yesterday, in addition to touting their new federal designation as the county's first "StormReady" community, Medford officials reviewed the progress they have made to be ready should disaster strike again. "All of the efforts make us better prepared one year after the floods to serve Medford residents in times of emergencies," said Mayor Walter Urban Jr. Known as the "1,000-year storm," the torrential rains that flooded the region in 12 hours on July 12-13 hit Medford, Medford Lakes, Lumberton, Southampton and Tabernacle especially hard.
December 22, 2004 |
New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection should have more enforcement power over dam owners who won't make necessary fixes. And officials should install a system to quickly alert municipalities and homeowners when floodwater could be heading their way. Those were some of the recommendations released yesterday in Burlington County by a task force formed after more than a foot of rain hit parts of the county July 12, overwhelming dams...
December 2, 2004
Tom Ridge deserves thanks not only for serving well in a thankless job as secretary of homeland security, but also for providing the perfect moment to get rid of the color-coded warning system he created. It's easy now to forget the extraordinarily difficult circumstances under which Ridge left the governor's chair in Pennsylvania. Lower Manhattan was still in smoldering ruins when President Bush called Ridge in September 2001 to serve as homeland security adviser. Less than one month after he was appointed, Ridge was confronted with an anthrax attack at the U.S. Capitol, and performed admirably in reassuring a badly shaken public that the deadly bacteria had been contained.
March 29, 2002 |
Starting this fall, Philadelphia will be the nation's first test site for an experimental asthma warning system, giving those who have the condition up to 48 hours' notice of bad air quality. The program, announced yesterday by Christie Whitman, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is being developed by researchers at the University of Delaware with the help of an EPA grant. The computer model will be based on past data of weather conditions, air pollution, and the number of emergency-room admissions for asthma in Philadelphia.
March 14, 2002
Resist the temptation for cheap jokes: Who said Tom Ridge isn't a colorful guy! In this dangerous new world, where terrorism could come from anywhere, anytime, Homeland Security Director Ridge's color-coded terrorism warning system may be far from perfect. But it's a rational, organized response to unpredictable mayhem - an improvement over vague terrorism "alerts" that mainly left the public and local law enforcement agencies confused. Ripples from the new alert codes should lead to improved security systems throughout the public and private sectors.
February 23, 2002 |
Those vague domestic terrorism alerts from grim-faced federal officials have not worked well, experts say, so the terror warning system is about to get an overhaul. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge is expected to announce a new alert system in the next few weeks. His office is floating a four-step system whose alarms would be, in descending order, "critical, serious, alert and ready," said Peter Ward, interim chairman of the Partnership for Public Warning, a new nonprofit in McLean, Va., that is promoting a better national alarm system.
January 10, 2000 |
Russia's early-warning system is so decayed that Moscow is unable to detect U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile launches for at least seven hours a day and no longer can spot missiles fired from American submarines at all, U.S. officials and experts say. At most, only four of Russia's 21 early-warning satellites are still working, according to experts on Moscow's space program. That gives Russian commanders no more than 17 hours, and perhaps as little as 12 hours, of daily coverage of the 550 nuclear-tipped ICBMS in silos in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming.
September 30, 1999
"Sentinel chickens. " It sounds like the name of a sophomoric show on the Comedy Channel. But a joke it's not. There really are such birds, and Pennsylvania should think of getting some soon. Sentinel chickens describe the birds' role, not their species. They are ordinary chickens penned up in locations particularly susceptible to swarming mosquitoes. Periodic tests of their blood offer an early warning sign of mosquito-borne diseases - particularly the encephalitis strains that have appeared in New York City and could migrate to surrounding states.