The goal: Take the data collected across more than 32,000 miles of track, plug it into a computer, and accurately predict which track section will break next. They call it predictive analytics, and it’s the science of harvesting vast amounts of data about the past and using it to predict the future.
Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Robin Williams – the deaths of such notable figures put suicide in recent news across the globe. But suicide is more than a headline; it’s a tragedy that hits close to home.
Union Pacific’s Chad Rose said it was hard to understand the scale of what happened until he looked inside the tunnel. “My first thought was, is everyone okay?” said Rose, Union Pacific senior director of maintenance of way.
About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Last year, more than 2,000 people chose not to wait for a train, and about 265 paid the ultimate price – their lives. Still, every day, motorists choose to take risks at railroad crossings.
Of the 32 people who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived, eight are able to talk about it. Journalists always ask: What went through your mind when you were falling? Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and co-founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, says their answers always reflect a moment of instant clarity.
As Union Pacific Special Agent Kevin Wells strides through the dusty San Antonio heat, he peers through shadows cast by two empty box cars.
They say if a referee in a basketball game is doing his job well, you won't even know he's there.
The same can be said of a bridge. We cross them every day on our way to work or school or home. We will cross literally dozens, maybe even hundreds of bridges when trekking cross country on that annual family vacation. If those bridges are doing their jobs right, we'll never think twice about them, except to stare in awe at the big ones we admire from afar, and while we cross them, looking down at the water below.
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