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  • Critics argue that risk-based standards as currently applied by the nuclear industry and those who regulate it have become a "single-edged sword," cutting in only one direction: Lowering margins of safety through relaxed regulations and enforcement.

    The Center for Public Integrity: Nuclear miscalculation: Why regulators miss power plant threats from quakes and storms

  • Those hands now drew a final item from behind his back—a clear crystalline single-edged knife with a wide pommel.

    The Codex Continual » “The Warlock’s Revenge”—An Excerpt

  • Their swords were long, single-edged, and curved, made for vigorous slashing, in contrast with Doris straight double-edged sword.

    Labor Policy

  • They carried machine guns and the traditional long, single-edged machetes known as bolo knives.

    Jihadists in Paradise

  • Her jewelry, which included a large shield-shaped pendant, the layout and location of the cemetery as well as excavated weaponry, such as knives and a fine langseax a single-edged Anglo-Saxon sword, lead the scientists to believe she might have been a member of royalty who led a pagan cult at a time when Christianity was just starting to take root in the region.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • For old paint, scrape it with a single-edged razor, holding the razor at an angle to avoid scratching the glass.

    Tip of the day: How to clean windows

  • The gown was belted with a woven silver rope, and a slightly curved, single-edged knife of some dark, glassy material hung at an angle through it.

    Dead Beat

  • He had drawn a knife -- a glittering chromed single-edged thing that may have already killed once today -- and now he took a dangerous step toward Terzian.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • When Darian finished fitting the whole contraption to Kel's right leg, the gryphon had what was effectively a set of four single-edged knives on the end of his leg.

    Owlflight

  • The murder weapon was probably a single-edged sheath knife with a brass hilt.

    The Jigsaw Man

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