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Can There Be Well-Timed Infrastructure Failures?

Can There Be Well-Timed Infrastructure Failures?

Yes, there can, and they happened September 8 and September 12, 2011. As you well know, a worker was replacing a wonky piece of monitoring equipment at an electrical substation in Yuma, Arizona, and — zzt!...

September 14, 2011 — Scott Huler

Update on the Bastrop, TX fires

Quick update on the Bastrop, TX fires. According to local news outlets, the wildfires are 70 percent contained. Of the 34,000 acres burned by the wildfire, 6,400 acres were in Bastrop State Park.In addition to the many homes lost or damaged by the fires, two historic Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) structures have been damaged...

September 13, 2011 — David Wogan

Population and Purpose: Where we use electricity

Electricity is used for many purposes – for example, illuminating a space, cooking food, cooling a store, or running a production line. In Wyoming, more than half of the electricity sold in the state is used for industrial applications...

September 5, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

Storm Center: New Tools for the Postmortem

Another storm has come and gone, and as the cleanup gets started another series of cities sends armies of people with clipboards out to survey, assess, reach out.Except things have changed...

September 2, 2011 — Scott Huler

The U.S. Electric Grid vs. Extreme Weather

Yesterday, Hurricane Irene weakened to become Tropical Storm Irene – but not before leaving at least 4 million homes without power and causing fuel shortages along the United State’s Atlantic coast...

August 29, 2011 — Melissa C. Lott

Hurricane Irene is a reminder that adapting to climate change is smart policy, regardless of the climate change part

Talk about eery timing. The current special issue of Scientific American is about cities, and as I type this, Hurricane Irene is making her way up the Atlantic seaboard and is expected to reach New York City by Sunday morning.I, like nearly everyone else, am refreshing news pages, blog posts, and scanning my Twitter feed for stories and updates about Irene...

August 28, 2011 — David Wogan

Closing the Gaping Hole in the Nuclear-fuel Cycle

Nuclear power has been making headlines recently, largely due to the earthquake and tsunami that triggered hydrogen explosions, the melting of nuclear fuel rods and releases of radiation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant...

August 26, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

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