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The mortality rate among young adults is higher than it should be, statistically. Sammie Chaffin/Unsplash

Excessive mortality of young adults: a natural trait?

The risk of dying changes over the course of a lifetime. Very high at birth, it falls and then gradually rises again… except for a peak after adolescence. Why such a statistical anomaly?
Tesla’s Autopilot enables hands-free driving, but it’s not meant to allow drivers to take their eyes off the road. Marcus Zacher/Flickr

Why Tesla’s Autopilot crashes spurred the feds to investigate driver-assist technologies – and what that means for the future of self-driving cars

An autonomous vehicle expert explains how Tesla’s Autopilot works, what prompted US authorities to investigate the system and what changes might be in store for the company.
Left turns are dangerous and cause a lot of unnecessary traffic. Chris Jongkind/Moment via Getty Images

Sick of dangerous city traffic? Remove left turns

Left turns are dangerous and slow down traffic. One solution? Get rid of them. New research shows that limiting left turns at busy intersections would improve safety and reduce frustrating backups.
Electric scooters have become a popular way to get around since their introduction to U.S. cities about three years ago. But fatalities are mounting. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

80% of fatal e-scooter crashes involve cars – new study reveals where and why most collisions occur

Electric scooter rides soared from zero to 88 million a year between 2017 and 2019. But launching e-scooters in cities without safe infrastructure or clear rules of the road can be deadly.
Self-driving cars are programmed to identify and avoid risk, but in the case of an accident, who is legally responsible? (Shutterstock)

Who’s to blame when a self-driving car has an accident?

As self-driving cars increase in popularity, the question of legal liability remains. The driver, automobile manufacturer and software designers all have a role to play.
Widespread use of autonomous vehicles could increase or cut greenhouse gas emissions. It all depends on public policy. (Shutterstock)

Self-driving cars will not fix our transportation woes

The sweeping introduction of driverless cars could see more vehicles on the road, driving longer distances. But smart planning could solve some of transit-associated environmental and social problems.
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.
Doctors care for a trauma patient. While survival rates for trauma victims have improved, if you live to leave the hospital, you’re still at risk of dying. MonkeyBusinessImages/Shutterstock.com

How traumatic injury has become a health care crisis

Trauma results in 41 million emergency department visits a year and hundreds of thousands of deaths. May is National Trauma Awareness month, and two experts explain why it’s time to pay attention.
The twice-annual time changes affect people similar to the way jet lag does. It’s time to abolish daylight-saving time. Andrew Seaman/Unsplash

Here’s what happens the day after the clocks change

Research shows that daylight-saving time changes do more harm than good. It’s time to abolish the practice.

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