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    A low-fare express bus company that has found success on the East Coast and in the Midwest will announce Wednesday that it is taking a second crack at the car-loving California market.

    SF Chronicle
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    A team of Japanese researchers are hoping to use a version of everybody’s favorite non-stick material to help the aviation industry avoid the deadly problem of in-flight icing. The goal of the research is to create a substance that can be applied to an airplane’s paint to repel the super-cooled water that leads to the issue.

  • Stung by a judge's ruling, opponents of California's proposed high-speed rail route between Merced and Fresno are reassessing their legal strategy -- but not their resolve. "We're not going to give up; we're not going to let these guys just roll over us," said Kole Upton, a Chowchilla farmer and member of two groups that sought to stop work by the California High-Speed Rail Authority until their lawsuit is heard.

    Merced Sun-Star
  • ...Officials in Burbank, Palmdale, Los Angeles and Santa Clarita have asked the High-Speed Rail Authority to consider alternative routes, but few have opposed the plans altogether. Palmdale officials said they would consider suing the rail authority if the train does not go through their city.

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica said today he's accepted his party's ruling that he not get another term at the panel's helm, paving the way for Pennsylvania Republican Bill Shuster to take the gavel in the 113th Congress.

  • Baby boomers went from “fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes her T-Bird away” to become the generation that embraced the idea of the multicar family, greatly increasing the number of automobiles on the road in the United States. But as this large generation heads into the retirement years and reduces its driving, the nature of the country’s transportation system may see more significant change, according to a study by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

    New York Times
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    Cars are getting smarter and beginning to react on their own, but the gray matter manning the helm is still the vehicle’s Achilles heal. So to really get inside a driver’s head, automakers are going through their faces, analyzing expressions and muscle movements to determine whether the person at the wheel is too distracted, too tired or even too angry to safely control their ride.

  • Early life and prenatal exposure to nitrogen dioxide and air pollutants generated by traffic was associated with autism, researchers found. Children with autism were more likely to live in homes in the highest quartile of exposure to traffic-related air pollution during gestation (adjusted odds ratio 1.98, 95% CI 1.20 to 3.31) and during the first year of life (aOR 3.10, 95% CI 1.76 to 5.57), compared with control children, reported Heather Volk, PhD, MPH, of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and colleagues.

    MedPage Today
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    The airport received $14.5 million in stimulus funds to improve runways and taxiways, which was completed in 2010. But the inspector general said in a report earlier this month that $2.1 million was used for unauthorized construction. It is unclear what specifically the money was spent on.


    Bay Citizen
  •  ...When supersonic planes were first under development in Europe and Russia, American aviation officials were worried the U.S.-dominated global passenger airline industry would quickly lose market share to its modernizing rivals....The U.S., as it turns out, was better off for missing out on what was a very brief era of aviation history.

    Atlantic Cities