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Logging contractor explains helicopter logging operations

A yellow smiley face is painted beneath the helicopter that flew over Mount Elden on Monday carrying felled trees plastered with weekend snow to an area for timber stacking. Nearby, trees that were determined to be good candidates for thinning to help reduce the severity of forest fires are being cut, and logging staff on Mount Elden work to attach …

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Timber Transport Research Results – Using Carbon To Carry Carbon?

Large amounts of carbon are stored in timber products. However, transporting the timber from the forest to the mill involves the combustion of fossil fuels. How much do these emissions reduce the net carbon sequestration value of the timber? Sean Healy of the US Forest Service, and other researchers (see end of article), addressed these questions in an article titled …

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Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight. San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve …

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Smart steering wheel idea to mitigate fatigue

The ‘Augmented Intelligence’ team, comprising entrepreneurs and health clinicians from Canberra and Brisbane, has developed a smart steering wheel concept to curb truck driver fatigue. According to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report, this smart steering wheel concept features embedded ECG monitors that are visually communicated to drivers through a GPS device, suggesting rest stops in real-time based on heart …