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A piece of aircraft wing that washed up on an Indian Ocean island. EPA

What can we learn from any wreckage from missing flight MH370

The aircraft part found on an Indian ocean island is said to be from a Boeing 777 but the challenge now is to determine if the wreckage is from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370.
A lifejacket won’t save your life if you are not wearing it, says NSW Martime. But any accident investigation needs to ask more than just why a lifejacket was not being worn. Flickr/NSW Maritime

Accident prevention should look at the big picture of what went wrong

When accidents happen we need to look at the real cause of why things went wrong instead of just looking for someone to blame.
Indonesian Air Force military police officers with the flight data recorder from AirAsia flight QZ8501. EPA/ Bagus Indahono

Answers needed from the flight recorders of Air Asia flight QZ8501

Now the flight data recorders from Air Asia flight QZ8501 have been found investigators have a chance to find out what really brought down the aircraft with 162 passengers and crew on board. Divers have…
A reduction over the years in rider deaths in horse racing means further tragedies could be prevented. Flickr/Tsutomu Takasu

We need to prevent further jockey deaths in horse racing

Horse racing claimed the lives of three jockeys recently – two in Australia and one in the United States – and some prominent industry professionals have openly claimed that deaths in racing are part of…
The last lifeboat successfully launched from the RMS Titanic. National Archives

Another Titanic change is needed to save more lives at sea

How has our approach to saving lives at sea changed since the tragedy of the RMS Titanic in which 1,523 of the 2,228 people she was carrying died a century ago? Surprisingly, not much. Only this April…
Grangemouth refinery: keeping the home fire burning. Andrew MillJigan/PA

After Quebec, what’s the future for Keystone XL?

The runaway train of 73 oil tankers that derailed and exploded in the small town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada last week left 15 dead, around 50 missing, and shows how dangerous transporting oil can…
Frequently sleeping six hours or fewer increased the risk of a crash, a study of young drivers showed. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cali4beach

Insufficient sleep boosts crash risk for young people

Insufficient sleep puts young drivers at greater risk of a car crash, a large study by Australian researchers has found…

Quad bike deaths could be avoided

Simple measures could prevent many quad bike deaths and injuries, research shows. Two papers from the University of Sydney…

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