DATABASES: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

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Science  28 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5611, pp. 1289
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5611.1289b

If you're a risk analyst tracking automobile accidents or an environmental scientist fretting over pipeline safety, pull over at the new Web site TranStats, a shopping mall of data on different forms of transportation and their social and environmental costs. Gathered here are more than 100 government, university, and private transportation databases—ranging from annual U.S. energy production and consumption to fatal traffic wrecks. The aviation accident database provides information on the number of injuries, sequence of events, and cause for crashes since 1983. Download the air-quality database to find levels of lead, sulfur dioxide, particles, and ozone for scores of American cities and towns since 1996.

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