New York Times, 29 April 2009
IN the mid-1990s, the Internet took off because its technological time had come. Years of steady progress in developing more powerful and less expensive computers, Web software and faster communications links finally came together. A similar pattern is emerging today, experts say, for what is being called smart infrastructure — more efficient and environmentally friendlier systems for managing, among other things, commuter traffic, foo
Der Spiegel, 20 March 2009
Airbus CEO Thomas Enders, 50, talks to SPIEGEL about the latest difficulties with the A380 super-jumbo, production cutbacks and why Airbus may have to scrap the A400M project.
Der Spiegel, 29 April 2009
In the old hierarchy of German automakers, Daimler was at the top. But the current economic crisis has shown just how far Volkswagen has come — and why it should now be thought of as the premium German car brand.
Online Opinion, 30 April 2009
Australia has a reputation as being the “lucky country”. I am a firm believer that “luck” is simply where preparation meets opportunity. In other words, being lucky is no accident. If we are to remain the “lucky country” however, we need to adapt as circumstances change. Nowhere is this more pertinent than in adapting to Australia’s future oil supply.
Reuters UK, 26 April 2009
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah visited the oil-producing Eastern Province on Sunday to launch development projects, following sectarian tension there among the kingdom's restive Shi'ite Muslim minority.
New York Times, 28 April 2009
How many people does it take to change every light bulb in Grand Central Terminal? Six, it turns out. And it’s a full-time job. On Tuesday, those wiremen — their official title — unscrewed the last remaining incandescent bulbs in the building, replacing them wit
Seattle Times, 26 April 2009
A professor at Oxford University in England has done a compelling series of studies trying to get at why big public-works projects such as bridges, tunnels and light-rail systems almost always turn out to be far more costly than estimated.
The Age, 30 April 2009
THEY must use a different dictionary in Premier John Brumby's office. In its December transport plan, the Government announced $440 million to upgrade Melbourne level crossings, "starting immediately" with the notorious Springvale Road bottleneck at Nunawading. But it seems "immediately" actually means later, with work not starting on the crossing until later this year.
The Age, 29 April 2009
MELBOURNE could house an extra million people within existing boundaries by accelerating multi-level development on main tram and bus routes, according to an ambitious plan before the State Government.
Sunday Independent, 26 April 2009
"All targets and no trousers" seemed to be the gist of the reaction from environmentalists to last week's [UK] Budget. Greens welcomed the introduction of new, legally binding, carbon-reduction goals but attacked the lack of a clear road map showing how they could be achieved.