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Psychologist Explores Motivations Behind 2007 Cyberattack on Estonia

In April 2007, the government of Estonia decided to move a statue honoring Russian soldiers who died in World War II out of the capital of Tallinn. Angry ethnic Russians throughout the world launched a cyberattack on the small Baltic nation, crippling its cyber infrastructure for four days. Why did such an attack happen? And can it happen again?

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electric grid, Terror Attacks, Electric Generation, Electricity Grid, Topology, Modeling, Chaos, Modelers, Terrorism Preparedness, Terrorism Research, Terrorism Deterrence Homeland Security, National Security, Network Analysis, Network Science, Network Structure, network security, Power Grid, Power Systems

Why It's Hard to Crash the Electric Grid

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Study shows why terrorists would have a hard time bringing down the US electric grid.

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Poverty Grows in Suburbs, but Social Services Don’t Keep Up

Poverty has grown in America’s suburbs during the recent economic downturn, but poor people in many suburban communities are finding it hard to get the help they need. Poverty rates grew quickly in the suburbs of the largest metropolitan areas during the 2000s, and by 2008, the number of suburban poor exceeded the number of city poor by 1.5 million.

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Learning Systems Institute, Florida State University, Office of Intellectual Property Development and Commercialization, office of research

FSU Spin-Off Company to Play Lead Role in Protecting Nation's Ports

Pulling it together was a Herculean task that took some five years to complete, but now a massive training curriculum designed by Florida State University researchers to ensure the security of the nation’s 350 commercial ports is about to enter the marketplace.

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Failing Infrastructure Damaging to Nation’s Economic Prosperity

American Society of Civil Engineers says new transportation index sends a clear message to congress and the white house.

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NIST Data: Enabling the Technical-Basis for Evacuation Planning of High-Rise Buildings

Researchers at NIST are stepping up the pace for designing safer building evacuations by releasing large, numerical datasets tracking the movement of people on stairs during high-rise building evacuation drills.

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GW Professor, Expert on Workplace Safety, to Testify at Subcommittee Hearing on Modernizing Whistleblower Protections

GW Professor Dr. Celeste Monforton, an expert on worker safety, will testify at a congressional hearing on a proposal to strengthen protections for workers who blow the whistle on dangerous workplace conditions. She will speak as an advocate for families of workers killed, and those who are seriously injured or become ill on the job. Dr. Monforton’s research and her career have focused on occupational safety, and more specifically, mine safety.

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Causes and Consequences of the Helium-3 Supply Crisis

Industries such as nuclear detection, oil and gas, and medical diagnostics could face crippling shortages of Helium 3, a nuclear weapons production byproduct that has become increasing scarce.

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Research Restores Credit for an Engineering Feat

New research found documents that prove Alfred L. Rives was the designer and lead builder of the Cabin John Bridge, for 40 years the longest single-span stone bridge in the world and the longest in the U.S. still today. Rives was denied credit after joining the Confederacy.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Says SILEX Needs a Careful Look

As global leaders discuss ridding the world of nuclear weapons, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory (NRC) Commission has acknowledged that a new laser technology— which could lead to even more global proliferation – deserves a closer examination.

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Bridges in Trouble: Diagnosing Their Ills from a Distance

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Tess Ahlborn believes we could learn a lot from bridges, if only we could hear what they have to say. She aims to find the best ways to listen in.

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Expert Commentary: Deadly West Virginia Mining Accident Reminiscent of Past Disaster

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Professor of Labor History Colin Davis, Ph.D., says this week’s mining disaster in West Virginia is reminiscent of one of the nation’s most deadly mining accidents that occurred in 1907.

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Engineering Professors Developing Monitoring Techniques in Evaluation of W.Va. Bridges

Drexel University engineers are researching methods to establish the safe load capacity of aging concrete bridges in West Virginia.

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Prof Develops System to Remotely Monitor Bridges

A Clarkson University professor, operating under a state-funded research grant, has developed a system that allows for remote monitoring of bridges using a dense network of wireless sensors. The work is part of an effort to increase the way state and county departments of transportation in New York State keep track of its bridge inventory.

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Full-time Sensors Can Detect Bridge Defects

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A Sandia team is developing and evaluating networks of small, permanently mounted sensors that could soon check continuously for the formation of structural defects in I-beams and other critical structural supports of bridges and highway overpasses, giving structural engineers a better chance of heading off catastrophic failures.

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Bridge Skin Could Reveal Cracks and Corrosion Beneath

A new "skin" for bridges, buildings and airplanes could be a sixth sense for inspectors looking for cracks and corrosion that could lead to a catastrophic failure like the recent Minneapolis bridge collapse.

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Civil Infrastructure Integrity and Testing Experts Available

PNNL civil infrastructure experts are available to reporters to discuss the development and deployment of sensor technology for evaluating material degradation associated with failure in steel, concrete, composite and other structures.

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Tipsheet: Bridge Structure and Safety

Tipsheet on bridge structure and safety.

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Bridge Collapse Will Raise Fears and Phobias, Expert Says

The bridge collapse in Minneapolis this week raises fears about personal safety in most of us, especially those who have suffered past traumas or from personal safety phobias, according to a University at Buffalo expert on post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Minneapolis Bridge Collapse: It May Take Months for Answers

Any one of hundreds of components could have led to the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis, expert says.







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