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Facts / History :

  • Plane laser attacks probed by FBI terrorism unit - 19 October 2013
    "The announcement came along with a report that laser attacks against inbound flights at New York airports have increased 17 percent so far this year, a rising threat because lasers can temporarily or permanently blind a pilot and crew, the FBI said...."

    (foxnews.com)
  • ROBOT-CARS :

  • Robot racing car aims for pole position - 2 November 2012 - ARTICLE + VIDEO
    "Meet the 120mph sports car that thunders around tracks without any help from a driver."
    = "an autonomous Audi TT-S, named Shelly, which can drive at the limits of vehicle performance."

    (BBC)

     

    An autonomous car, "also known as robotic or informally as driverless or self-driving, is an autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional car. As an autonomous vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating on its own..."
    (Wikipedia)

    Robot-car technology by Google
    "Google has recently revealed in an announcement that it has been secretly testing cars that can drive on their own, with the help
    of artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and make decisions similar to what a human driver would make..."

    (YouTube)

     


    Robot cars now officially legal in California - 26 Sept 2012
    Gov. Jerry Brown calls autonomous cars "science fiction becoming reality."

    (arstechnica.com)

    Who Is To Blame When A Robotic Car Crashes? (popsci.com)




    Driverless car
    "The driverless car concept embraces an emerging family of highly automated cognitive and control technologies, ultimately aimed at a full "taxi-like"
    experience for car users, but without a human driver..."

    (Wikipedia)

    Self-Driving Car
    "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that's responsible for the development
    of new technology for use by the military. Their latest project is to encourage the development of vehicles that will drive themselves"

    (videos.howstuffworks.com)

 

  • Lighter-than-air craft rise again - Article + Video - 24 September 2012
    "A behind the scenes look at the project to build a radical new airship that could soon criscross our skies...
    The Aeroscraft, as it is known, is the brainchild of Igor Pasternak and has been made possible by advances in materials and computer control systems...
    The airship in the hangar is being built to test various key components of a design that could one day contain a hotel, casino or spa...
    One of its biggest markets could be transporting freight from hard-to-reach locations or, for example, carrying wind turbine blades."

    (BBC)

 

 

 

  • Ban smoking in cars, says British Medical Association - 16 November 2011 - with a video
    "All smoking in cars should be banned across the UK to protect people from second-hand smoke, doctors say...
    The levels of toxins in a car can be up to 23 times higher than in a smoky bar."

    See : International action
    (BBC)

 

  • The crazy drivers who have stunned police + VIDEOS
    "Hampshire Police have revealed they spotted a motorist driving while using a laptop, writing down the answers
    to a quiz on the radio and drinking coffee all at the same time. Here are some other motorists whose driving left a lot to be desired..."

    Driver caught drinking and writing

    (telegraph.co.uk)

  • Vilnius mayor runs over illegally parked car in a tank
    "The eccentric mayor of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has decided to send a stern message to anyone thinking of illegally parking on his city's streets: by driving over an illegally parked car in a Soviet-era armoured personnel carrier...
    The car that he so demonstrably crushed was bought especially for the exercise and did not belong to an unsuspecting motorist..."

    + a video
    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • Sat-nav racers: Dangerous new craze sweeps Britain as drivers bid to 'beat the clock'
    "Millions admit breaking the speed limit, while many admit to having a crash while driving dangerously to 'win' the game which is condemned by road safety groups as 'irresponsible and lethal'...
    Dicing with death: Almost 3.6 million motorists admitted to breaking the speed limit when racing against their GPS to in the last 12 months."

    (dailymail.co.uk)

 

  • On-the-spot fines for careless drivers
    "Penalties of £80 to £100 portrayed as a break from the previous government's supposed reliance on speed cameras...
    The fixed penalty notices have been designed with a view to clamping down on "boy racers", who drive aggressively by tailgating, undertaking or
    cutting up fellow motorists, along with other offenders such as repeat law-breakers and those who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. "

    (guardian.co.uk)


  • Mice trained for airport security
    "Mice are being trained to detect would-be bombers and drug couriers at airports...
    The device was tested last year on 1,000 shoppers in a Tel Aviv shopping mall when the mice successfully picked out 22 people carrying mock explosives. "

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • Smoking To Be Extinguished On Submarines
    "Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) has effected a policy April 8 banning smoking below decks aboard all U.S. Navy submarines.
    The smoking ban, announced via naval message, will become effective no later than Dec. 31, 2010.
    The impetus behind the change of policy is the health risks to non-smokers, specifically exposure to secondhand smoke.
    Our Sailors are our most important asset to accomplishing our missions..."

    VOCABULARY :
    Commander / Navy / submarines / decks / naval / Sailors / missions /
    a submerged submarine / aboard
    ...
    (navy.mil)

  • Jets at New York airport directed by child
    "A US air traffic controller and his supervisor have been placed on administrative leave and are under investigation after a small boy was apparently allowed to direct passenger airplanes at New York's JFK airport."

    (content.usatoday.net)
    Watch the video.
    (video.ap.org)



    New York airport jets 'directed by child'
    "US officials are investigating how a child was apparently allowed to direct planes at New York's JFK airport - one of the country's busiest."
    Article + Audio

    (BBC)

    See Lesson plans

     

  • Driving a car using your phone
    "Researchers in Germany have developed software that allows you to drive a car - with a mobile phone.
    It is part of project aimed at creating a fully automated vehicle.
    The BBC's Berlin correspondent Steve Rosenberg tried it out."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • Plane crashes in New York river
    "A US Airways Airbus A320 passenger plane carrying at least 150 people has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City."

    (BBC)

    Pilot hailed for 'Hudson miracle'
    "The pilot of an airliner that ditched in New York's Hudson River has been hailed a hero after all 155 passengers and crew were rescued."
    - with a video

    (BBC)

     

  • With Wings as Eagles - From Fantasy to FLIGHT - UPDATED
    "Use these Resources from the Library of Congress documenting the history of flight
    — the dreams, fantasies, experimentation and inventions that came before and after the historic achievement of the Wright brothers."

    Download a PowerPoint slideshow! (11.6 Mo)
    (international.loc.gov)

 

  • Coronation farewell to QE2 liner
    "The Queen will mark 55 years since her coronation by waving off the luxury cruise ship that shares her name...
    The QE2 will be retired in November to be converted into a hotel in Dubai after more than 40 years in service.

    (BBC)

 

  • US car dealer in free gun offer
    "A car dealership in the United States is offering a free handgun with every vehicle sold.
    Max Motors in Butler, Missouri, says sales have quadrupled since the start of the offer."

    (BBC)

     

 

  • Swiss 'Fusionman' takes to the skies
    "Icarus crashed and burned when he flew too close to the sun but a modern-day Swiss adventurer had a happier landing when testing his new jet-powered "wing"."
    (theage.com.au)

 

  • Mobile phone use on planes

 

  • Cruising away
    "A family's memories of the QE2 as it starts its last cruise."

    (BBC)

    Colourful history of famous ship
    "Britain's most famous passenger liner, the Queen Elizabeth 2 is to be turned into a floating hotel after being sold to Dubai
    for £50m."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • World Car Free Day - September 22 : History (worldcarfree.net)

  • Car Free Days (Wikipedia)
    1 How it works
    2 International car free days
    2.1 Europe
    3 History and timeline 3.1 First Ten Years 3.2 Timeline: Some major Carfree Day-related events...

 

  • Transportation History with videos
    - the history of air, sea, road, and rail transportation.
    (Smithsonian Institution)

 

 

  • London's Transport Museum (ltmuseum.co.uk)
    "tells the fascinating story of London's transport history since the early 1800s...
    Horse and electric trams, motor buses, Underground trains, Tube simulators, guided tours, actors and ... Learning Centre."

  • America on the Move - (americanhistory.si.edu)
    "Transportation transformed America. Choose from these three interconnected routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes, culture, and communities. :
    - Travel across America to visit communities changed by transportation
    - Investigate artifacts and images in the Smithsonian and other collections
    - Explore transportation in American history with historians and curators."



  • World Map of Famous Coastal Resorts (mapsofworld.com)

 

Environment :

  •  London’s iconic red buses are going green. - August 25, 2011
    "The city has introduced a fleet of eight vehicles fuelled entirely by hydrogen, some of the least-polluting buses in Europe...
    There is even talk of turning London’s iconic black taxis into hydro-powered vehicles as well."

    (globalpost.com)

 

Traffic signs :

  • Recreational and Cultural Interest Signs (trafficsign.us) : - UPDATED
    General Information Signs - Traveler Services Signs - Accommodation Services Signs - Land Recreation Signs - Water Recreation Signs - Winter Recreation Signs 
    (Utilisation des modaux)
  • Road signs- part 1
    "Match the phrases on the right with the pictures on the left."
    (englisch-hilfen.de)
  • Signs - Matching exercise (un peu plus difficile)
    (englisch-hilfen.de)
  • Road signs puzzle -
    "Match the sign to its color and the words that go on it."
    (enchantedlearning.com)

 

Types of transport :

  • Eclipse (yacht) = a luxury yacht, owned by Roman Abramovich
    "Eclipse has two helicopter pads, 11 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs and a disco hall.
    She also comes equipped with three launch boats, and a mini-submarine that is capable of submerging to 50 meters.
    Approximately 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht.
    For security, Eclipse is fitted with intruder detection systems and a German-built missile defence system. 
    The windows in Abramovich's master suite and the yacht's bridge are also fitted with bullet-proof glass and both are armor plated.
    The yacht is also equipped with an anti-paparazzi shield in the form of lasers..."

    (Wikipedia)




  • Flying into the future: New Zealand company to make personal jet packs
    The jet pack "is capable of travelling 30 miles in 30 minutes on a full tank of fuel.
    And recent tests have seen the newest model reach heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph. "

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

  • Pensioner used 136 modes of transport in a year
    "Edwin Shackleton, 82, has travelled in a six-wheeled amphibious vehicle, crashed over waves in a lifeboat and cruised in a gypsy caravan as he found 136 ways to make a journey.
    The adrenaline junkie has sailed in a catamaran, lifeboat and sand yacht and flown in a microlight, executive jet and glider.
    He also hitched rides on a bin lorry, fire engine, police car and T-55 tank - before reaching his target of 100 in July by flying in a hot air balloon."
    See The list of 136 modes of transport taken by Mr Shackleton.

    (telegraph.co.uk)

    A pensioner 
    "is a person who has retired, and now collects a pension.
    This is a term typically used in the United Kingdom and Australia where someone of pensionable age may also be referred to as an 'old age pensioner', or OAP.
    In the United States, the term retiree is more common."

    (Wikipedia)

  • The driverless taxi of the future at Heathrow Airport.
    "The driverless taxi, or personal rapid transit, drives itself around a network of guideways using a combination of systems including laser sensors
    and computer controls.
    The electric vehicles look a bit like the futuristic transport pods used in James Bond movies."

    (BBC)

  • Oasis Of The Seas: world's biggest cruise ship unveiled
    "The inside of the world's biggest cruise ship, Oasis Of The Seas, has been shown to the public for the first time."
    1,187ft long / can carry 6,296 passengers

    (telegraph.co.uk)



    See Videos

  • Pet Airways - "a pet-only airline dedicated to pet-friendly travel."
    (petairways.com)

 

  • TUNING

    Pimp My Ride
    "is a TV show produced by MTV. Each episode consists of taking one car in poor condition and restoring it, as well as customizing it...
    This show picks young car owners living in Los Angeles or elsewhere in Southern California and pimps their ride for absolutely no cost. "

    (Wikipedia)

     

 

 

 

  • Tube planner
    "can help you plan your journey on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR)."
    + information about stations...
    "We'll even let you know if there are any places of interest nearby (with links), and provide a map of the surrounding area to help you continue on your journey."
    (tubeplanner.com)
  • Subway around the world -
    "Journey with us beyond the New York City area, to experience transit systems in cities around the U.S. and the world." (with images)

 

Airports :

  • 'Distracted' pilots miss airport - UPDATED
    "The US National Transportation Safety Board has said it is investigating a flight that overshot its destination by 240km when pilots reportedly
    got into a "heated discussion" on airline policy."

    (smartertravel.com)

    Tap...Tap... (cagle.com)

 

 

 

 

Safety :

 

  • Travelwise: What is the safest mode of travel?
    "It’s often said that driving in a car is more dangerous than flying in a plane, yet when an aeroplane crashes or a ship sinks,
    the nonstop media coverage that follows makes that claim hard to believe."

    (BBC)

  • Brown unveils new measures to track terrorist suspects - with a VIDEO
    "A "no-fly list" is to be set up to stop suspected terrorists from travelling to the UK while other individuals under suspicion will undergo thorough checks."

    NEW MEASURES
    - Two new categories on Home Office 'watch list' for individuals posing the greatest threat
    - Flights from Yemen suspended
    - New intelligence squads to identify threatening individuals early on
    - EU, US and other G8 nations to work more closely on intelligence-sharing and aviation security
    (BBC)



  • Air France may bar obese passengers from flights
    "Air France has revealed it may prevent obese economy passengers from boarding its planes for "safety reasons"...
    This new rule comes into effect from 1 February (2010).
    At present Air France offers heavier passengers 25% off the price of buying an adjacent seat "

    (BBC)

  • Swiss man fined $290,000 for speeding in his Ferrari
    "The man was reportedly caught driving a red Ferrari Testarossa at 137km/h (85mph) through a village.
    The penalty was calculated based on the unnamed motorist's wealth - assessed by the court as $22.7m (£14.1m) - and because he was a repeat offender...
    Swiss media reported that the man owns a villa with five luxury cars, including the Ferrari."

    (BBC)

 

  • Boosting flight security measures
    "Some countries have announced plans to introduce more sophisticated technology to screen travellers, others are making body and hand-baggage searches more rigorous.
    The BBC looks at what changes are being made in a selection of countries."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • Europe delays airport X-ray eye
    "EU lawmakers have delayed the introduction at airports of full body scanners, machines that generate images of passengers - minus their clothes...
    The new scanners have already been introduced in several US airports
    and have been tested around the world."

    (BBC News)

 

  • Baggage advice for UK passengers
    "Strict security measures have been brought in for air passengers flying from the UK after a suspected plot to blow up planes was prevented...
    Passengers may take through the airport security search area, in a single, transparent plastic carrier bag, only the following items.
    Nothing may be carried in pockets..."
    - with a VIDEO
    (BBC)

 

  • Car Accident Causes (weitzlux.com)

  • Air Travel : Permitted and Prohibited Items

    - What Can I Bring?
    - Body Piercings
    - Makeup, Medication, Personal Items & Special Needs Devices
    - Electronic Devices
    - Sharp Objects
    - Sporting Goods
    - Guns & Firearms
    - Tools
    - Martial Arts & Self Defense Items
    - Explosive & Flammable Materials, Disabling Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items
    - Food & Drinks
    - Other Items
    (tsa.gov)

     

 

 

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