Friday, February 24, 2017
It's the fifth consecutive year of increased miles driven on public roads and highways, reflecting a strengthening economy, but it also "underscores the demands facing American's roads and bridges," according to a statement from the Federal Highway Administration, "and reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure." ....
Another downside to more traffic is more crashes. The National Safety Council says traffic fatalities increased 6 percent last year and topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007, but only part of that sharp increase can be attributed to the less than 3 percent growth in vehicle miles traveled. What's even more troubling is that the rate of fatal crashes is increasing at a time when vehicles mechanically are becoming safer. Experts cite speed, distracted driving, and alcohol as the top three killers on the road.
-- David Schaper of National Public Radio, "Record Number Of Miles Driven In U.S. Last Year" (21 February 2017)
Thursday, February 23, 2017
- Complete ACL tear.
- Oblique tear of posterior horn of medial meniscus articulating with inferior articulating surface.
- Small suprapatellar bursa effusion.
- Mild prepatellar bursitis.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
-- Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821 - 1881), Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher, Crime and Punishment (1866)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
-- Steve Moran, a deputy coroner in Jefferson County, KY, which includes Louisville. In a span of 32 hours last week, emergency workers in Louisville responded to almost two calls per hour for overdose patients, New York Times, 14 February 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
-- C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963), Irish author and scholar of medieval literature, "On Three Ways of Writing for Children" (1952), in Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories (1967), p. 25
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
You can think of the sensors as the eyes and ears of the Internet. You can think of the actuators as the hands and feet of the Internet. And you can think of the stuff in the middle as the brain. We are building an Internet that senses, thinks, and acts.
This is the classic definition of a robot. We're building a world-size robot, and we don't even realize it.
-- Bruce Schneier (1963-), American cryptographer, computer security professional, privacy specialist, and writer, New York Magazine, "Security and the Internet of Things" January 2017