Supercars in 'world's most expensive crash' were speeding, police say -- Speeding was identified as a possible cause of what is believed to be one of the world's most expensive ever road accidents when up to £2.6 million-worth of supercars ended up in a crumpled heap on a motorway in Japan. Eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini – plus a Toyota Prius – were among the vehicles involved in the crash, which witnesses said happened when a speeding car slid across a wet road surface.
Atmospheric control...and the banana.
Spaces of Banana Control -- Rosenblatt ships a million boxes of bananas every year from the Banana Distributors of New York facility on Drake Street, in the Hunt's Point section of the Bronx. When I visited, a couple of weeks ago, he had 20,000 cases of bananas, each weighing 40lbs, in the building. I was there with a group of students from my "Artificial Cryosphere" class -- a research seminar on the built landscape of refrigeration that I'm teaching at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation this autumn. Contrary to popular belief, as well as to Chiquita's famous advertising jingle, bananas are the ultimate refrigerated fruit. A behind-the-scenes tour at the Banana Distributors of New York contains several examples of the banana supply chain's evolving architecture of atmospheric control.
Don't drink that!
Chinese Police Investigate Minute Maid Poisoning -- Chinese police said they are investigating how toxic chemicals found their way into Coca-Cola Co. drinks in the northeast province of Jilin, killing a child and causing illness in three others. "We are all working around the clock on this case," said a spokesman for the Public Security Bureau in the provincial capital of Changchun. Among the possibilities being investigated is whether someone tainted the drinks after Coke manufactured them. The four victims consumed strawberry-flavored Minute Maid Pulpy Super Milky drinks last week.
I freaking love Con Law.
Amazon's Special Deals With States Unconstitutional, Law Profs Say -- Here's a delicious irony for those following the Internet sales tax wars. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos built the world's largest Web retailer in part by exploiting a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling (Quill v. North Dakota) holding the Constitution's commerce clause prevents state officials from requiring retailers who have no physical presence in their states to collect their sales taxes. Now, two leading law professors have concluded that the concessions Amazon recently extracted from South Carolina and Tennessee before opening large "fulfillment" warehouses in those states, are themselves likely a violation of--you guessed it--the Constitution's commerce clause.