A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks

The number of deaths linked to drunk passengers who wander off the platform and onto the tracks has steadily increased over the years. But a new study of these falls shows that many of them occur in the same way—and that there might be a few simple ways to prevent some of them. » 3/30/15 11:26am 3/30/15 11:26am

Qantas Flight Diverted By Drunk, Booze-Thieving Handcuff Breaker

Qantas flight 24 from Bangkok to Sydney was diverted to Cairns on Sunday morning, after a drunk passenger repeatedly tried to steal scotch from the service galleys. After being restrained, he broke through the plastic zip-tie handcuffs. And then another pair. And then two more pairs. » 9/21/14 9:13pm 9/21/14 9:13pm

You Want Cellulosic Ethanol? Ante Up, Washington!

According to this article out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a new plant is Louisana that will make 1.4 million gallons of ethanol from cellulosic sources (e.g., wood chips, corn cobs, etc.) will begin production next year. But that won't be enough, states the article, and it never will be if the feds… » 2/26/07 5:00pm 2/26/07 5:00pm

Ah, The Joys of Vodka: Lithuanian Pedestrian Defies Death, Incites Angst

Pain, pain on the Baltic. How to drown such existential ache out? With distilled spirits of grain or potate, of course. Then, when numbed to one's desired level of comfort, it's time to head home and pass out on a soft, warm bed of Khruschev-era surplus straw mattress in a tepid-water flat. But how to cross the… » 12/28/06 11:30pm 12/28/06 11:30pm

Hold the Sake! Japanese Automakers Working On Booze Lockouts

Toyota and Nissan are both accelerating development of lockouts that would make it difficult or impossible for a tippler to travel. Nissan's contemplating a very long PIN code that would be hard for a drunk to operate, while Toyota's playing with breathalyzer technology. The effort follows a rash of media coverage in… » 9/15/06 3:00pm 9/15/06 3:00pm