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Whoa! 1.7 billion cars on the road by 2035
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Wrap your head around this. By 2035, the number of vehicles on the road worldwide will double to 1.7 billion. Yes, that's billion with a "B". That's the latest forecast from the International Energy Agency. In case you're keeping score those 1.7 billion vehicles will double the number of vehicles currently on the road around the world. Not surprisingly most of the growth behind that number will happen in China. More

Criminologist conducts theft experiment in car washes
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Recently, criminologist Patrick Kinkade conducted an experiment by leaving a large amount of loose change inside his car each time he dropped it off at a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas. When he got the car back, he counted the money still inside to see if any of it had been stolen. He found, surprisingly, that money was taken from his car about a third of the time. The car was admittedly a fat target because Kinkade left lots of loose change inside it, but if the theft rate in Fort Worth is anything like the theft rate nationwide, it's possible that millions of dollars are being stolen from cars each year during car washes. In a new paper titled "Getting Hosed," Kinkade and fellow researchers Ronald Burns and Michael Bachmann at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth found that there were certain factors that increased the risk of theft. More

More women have driver's licenses than men in US
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Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications. More

Water issues: The big picture
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In 2011, Texas marked the worst one year drought in its history which left many people looking for water. The impact on the agriculture business, the cattle industry and the personal losses from fires and soaring temperatures were substantial across the state. The rains received the past few months have helped to alleviate some of the drought problems; however, the issues with groundwater are far from being resolved. The State of Texas was left with many decisions on how to deal with future droughts, where to find water to meet the demands of the rising population of the state, and what role groundwater conservation districts should play in the big picture of groundwater supply in Texas. More

NTSB urges safety technologies be made standard
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The government should require automakers to make the latest collision prevention technologies standard equipment on all new cars and trucks, a move that could reduce fatal highway accidents by more than half, federal accident investigators recently said. The technologies include lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and electronic stability control. More

Technology helps employees steal effortlessly
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In an honest world where employees would never think of misdirecting employer's funds into their own accounts or slipping a couple of twenties into their pocket at the end of their shift, new technology would be great. Unfortunately, the development of three new gadgets meant to aid business owners and their workers to process credit and debit cards on the go has unknowingly created more tools for the dishonest employee and caused bigger headaches for business owners. More

Saving up for a dry day
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Last year, as a ferocious drought tightened its hold on Texas, John Kight, a landowner in the Hill Country was getting calls. Eleven years ago, Kight installed a rainwater harvesting system at his rural home, and as wells started to go dry around the state in 2011, other Texans wanted tips for collecting and storing water from the sky. Collecting rainwater is an ancient idea, done in places like India and Rome before people could rely wholly on centralized piping systems. These days, the concept is returning to advanced economies, especially in drought-stricken areas. More

Small business owners continue to be optimistic about 2013, yet concerns about the economy remain
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Bank of America recently released its fall 2012 Small Business Owner Report, a semi-annual study exploring the concerns, aspirations and perspectives of small business owners across the country. The survey found the majority of small business owners are planning on sustaining or growing their business over the next 12 months, as 31 percent plan on hiring more employees, while 56 percent anticipate their staffing needs will remain consistent. More than half of the small business owners surveyed anticipate that revenue will increase in 2013, while only seven percent expect revenue to decline. However, this optimism is tempered by their views on the economy. More

Industry leaders: Immigration reform begins in Texas
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Although immigration reform is largely deemed a federal issue, construction moguls in Texas are confident that amending employment laws here can be a catalyst for nationwide change. Stan Marek, the president and CEO of the Marek Family of Companies, says employers purposely misclassify employees as subcontractors, or "1099" workers to avoid paying payroll taxes, workers' compensation and overtime, but also to avoid knowing their workers' legal status. He is among the Texas construction company leaders pushing for new legislation to make such actions illegal. More

Is the auto industry churning out more lemons, or more recalls?
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Headrests that might not keep passengers from breaking their necks in collisions, front airbags that fail to deploy as intended, and costly steering and water or gas pump defects; these are just the latest vehicle flaws that have led to voluntary or mandatory recalls in the auto industry. Recent years have seen record numbers of flawed vehicles sent back to manufacturers for repairs. But recalls do not lemons make. If automakers are being more conscientious about the potential damage to their safety reputations, this could explain the rise in the number of recalls vehicles in recent years. More


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