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Bringing Efficiency to the Infrastructure

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

‘EADS Should Never Have Signed the A400M Contract’

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.

VW Usurps Daimler’s Automaker Throne

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.

Oil and the lucky country

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.

Saudi king visits oil-producing area after unrest

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.

At Grand Central, a Fluorescent Twist to a Light-Bulb Joke

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

Tunnel’s cost may fool us all

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.

Level crossing upgrade work to close rail lines

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.

High-rise plan to halt the sprawl

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.

A Government still addicted to petrol

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.

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