As promised the Federal Aviation Administration released a report today documenting the number of bird strikes on airplanes. From 1990 to 2007, the FAA reports there have been 82,000 bird strikes involving birds and land animals like deer. During ...
Last fall, city parents were outraged when a school bus carrying a bunch of kindergarten and first graders got lost for almost five hours in Brooklyn. The incident led to renewed calls for a Global Positioning System for school buses.
But Department of Education officials told a City Council committee hearing today that such a system is still nowhere near ready to be rolled out - despite more than four years of planning, and expectations that a pilot program would take place in 2006. Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm says it 'is certainly bigger than we originally expected, given the complexity of building a system that links buses, satellites, and a command center, as well as the challenge of scaling the system to fit the size and nature of our bus fleet - and it will take longer than we originally predicted.' She noted that the MTA had also run into problems with GPS technology as well as other school districts.
When Columbia University announces the winners of the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes later today, online news organizations may be among the recipients of what many consider the highest honor in American print journalism. For the first time, the prizes will include Web sites that produce original news ...
A giant, inflatable plastic dome has touched down on the far West Side -- it's called Spacebuster. The portable pavilion is a project of Raumlabor, a Berlin-based group of architects and urban designers who specialize in reclaiming unused urban space. Benjamin Foster-Baldenius is a member of Raumlabor. He says the ...
by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway
The Takeaway's John Hockenberry heads over to the New York Auto Show to check out the cars his taxpayer bailout dollars have bought him.
by Jennifer Hsu and Chaleampon Oates Ritthichai
We asked some taxpayers: If there was a comment box at the bottom of your tax form this year, what would you say?
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is defending current practices at the state's $154 billion pension fund. He spoke this morning at a Crain's New York breakfast event -- just hours after the New York Times published an article about the ongoing investigations into whether former state employees received kickbacks in exchange ...
A red shirt supporter holding a national flag walks past a burning bus on April 13, 2009
Reported by Oates Ritthichai
The clashes between protesters and the Thai military on the street of Bangkok has left two dead and hundreds injured. Anti-government protesters, known ...
by Jennifer Hsu, The Takeaway
The promise of open source can be found in a dull commercial building in downtown Brooklyn. The fruits of this approach -- where people share ideas for others to build on -- are coming out of the laser cutter buzzing away in the corner. Or in the disassembled parts of the robot that automatically served drinks. Or the 3D printer that can build other 3D printers.
The 5th floor office of NYC Resistor is a hacker space, one of scores popping up around the country and hundreds emerging around the world. In Germany, the government subsidizes them. In the U.S., a few people who like to tinker with electronics pool money for a place that lets them keep the circuit boards and soldering irons out of their small apartments. They're creating devices that let you turn off any TV in range of a remote control. They're building giant antennae for ham radio enthusiasts. And then there's the 3D printer.
A 3D printer is exactly what it sounds like. A plain old 2D printer prints letters. This spits out objects you can hold in your hand. Toys, door knobs, jewelry. A couple of these guys have quit their day jobs so they can sell 3D printer kits to people interested in building their own. These people are building objects that build other objects.