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The nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ont., was the subject of a false alarm. (Shutterstock)

The fallout from a false nuclear alarm

A nuclear alarm was issued on Jan. 12, 2020. The alarm had been mistakenly sent during a training exercise and was retracted, but the impact will erode trust in public safety efforts.
Children with ASD are particularly prone to poisoning, suffocation and wandering that can lead to death by drowning or vehicular accident. (Shutterstock)

How parents and caregivers can help keep children with autism safe

This simple strategy could help your child safely negotiate dangerous situations such as getting lost in a public place or discovering a firearm.
Just another American abroad. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

No, Americans shouldn’t fear traveling abroad

If headlines about bombings and airplane crashes are making you rethink your international travel plans this summer, a look at how many Americans actually die abroad should set your mind at ease.
A lot of chemical reactions happen in the very short time it takes to light a match. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: when I swipe a matchstick how does it make fire?

I have been interested in the science of fire and fireworks for a long time, and can tell you there is a lot happening in the very short time it takes to light a match.
Automation can often get ahead of safety regulators’ efforts. Tarikdiz/Shutterstock.com

Boeing crashes and Uber collision show passenger safety relies on corporate promises, not regulators’ tests

Government regulators and industry experts often overlook the complexities and risks of human-technology interactions and increasingly rely on companies' voluntary oversight and self-assessments.
The 2010 “Love Parade” festival in Germany. Arne Müseler

Ten tips for surviving a crowd crush

When you find yourself trapped in an immense crowd, what are the right reflexes to adopt to survive?

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