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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?
Residents evacuated from the Neo200 building in Melbourne were unaware of the fire risk posed by its cladding. Ellen Smith/AAP

Don’t overlook residents’ role in apartment building safety

As more and more Australians live and work in high-rise buildings, their responsibilities and roles in ensuring all occupants' safety must not be neglected.
The fire in the Melbourne CBD on Monday was a reminder of the urgency of developing a system that guarantees only materials that meet building safety standards are used. Bekah Jane/Twitter

Cladding fires expose gaps in building material safety checks. Here’s a solution

Fortunately, no lives were lost in the latest cladding fire in Melbourne, but it's a stark reminder of the urgent need to track and verify that building materials comply with safety standards.
Media reports tend to focus on people who drown at the beach. But almost as many people drown in rivers and lakes. Where are the safety messages for them? from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s spike in summer drownings: what the media misses

Migrants are no more at risk of drowning than Australian-born swimmers but you'd never know from media reports.

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