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Water, Conservation, water availability, water vulnerability

Nation’s Water Supply Not as Threatened as Believed

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University of Florida research study adds new twist to previous studies of the nation's water supplies; finds that when infrastructure is included in the mix (reservoirs, dams, etc.), water vulnerability is less of a threat than previously believed.

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Boleslaw Szymanski, Tommy Nguyen, SCNARC, Gowalla, Social Networking, Disaster Management, Infrastructure, disease control, Emergency Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Instit

Study of Social Network "Check-ins" Shows We Still Make Friends Face-to-Face

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Even in the age of social media, the closer you live to another persons, the more likely you are to be friends with them, according to a study that drew on data from the location-based social network provider Gowalla.

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fiscal cliff, Economy

Mortgage Debt Elimination, Infrastructure Investment Could Make ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Battle Meaningless

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Hurricane Sandy, coastal damage, coastal redevelopment, Climate Change

Cornell Expert Says Don’t Rebuild, Seize the Chance to Rethink Coastal Development After Sandy

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Light, Lighting, Lighting Research Center, Transportation, Roundabout, Rensselaer, Roadway, Pedestrian, Safety, LED, New York, Traffic, Accidents, Automobile

Ecoluminance: LRC Develops New Method to Light Roundabouts

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Roundabouts, also known as traffic circles, are increasing in number across the U.S. However, modern roundabouts are sometimes described as confusing for drivers. The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer has developed a new concept for roadway illumination called "Ecoluminance" which incorporates LED lighting and vegetation.

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Natural Gas, natural gas leaks, Methane, gas leaks

Thousands of Natural Gas Leaks Discovered in Boston

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The City of Boston is riddled with more than 3,000 leaks from its aging natural-gas pipeline system, according to a new study by researchers at Boston (BU) and Duke Universities.

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Engineering, engineering risks, rare events, catastrophes, Risk Analysis, Risk Assessment, Teams, Terrorism, Terrorist Attacks, Tsunamis, perfect storms, black swans, Risk Management, engineering failures, Earthquakes, Disasters, Disaster Planning, FEMA

Government, Industry Can Better Manage Risks of Very Rare Catastrophic Events

The mindset that uses the extreme unlikelihood of a catastrophic event as a rationale for not taking measures before a disaster happens, factored into the risk management failures of the Fukushima Tsunami, 9/11 and other such events, but a better approach is available.

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Sandy, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Aftermath, Hurricane Recovery, Hurricane Relief, Indiana University, Kelley School Of Business

IU Expert Comments on Fuel Shortage, Logistical Challenges Following Superstorm Sandy

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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, attention has shifted to coordination between agencies and the subsequent recovery that are part of the disaster management cycle. Alfonso J. Pedraza-Martinez, an assistant professor of operations and decision technologies at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, is an expert on management in humanitarian operations and has studied some aspects of the International Red Cross' relief efforts.

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Flooding, Sandy, Hurricane Aftermath, Infrastructure Resiliency, Roads, Bridges

#UNH Expert: Impact of Flooding, Climate Change on Roads, Bridges, Infrastructure

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Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Aftermath, power outages, Engineering, Computer Model

Hurricane Sandy – 8 to 10 Million Cumulative Power Outages Predicted

An engineer at The Johns Hopkins University is predicting power outages for 8 to 10 million people in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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UB Experts Available to Discuss Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, University at Buffalo experts can discuss topics from infrastructure damage to psychological trauma in the wake of disaster.

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Environment, Environmental Engineering, Clean Water Act, green infrastructure, urban heat footprint, Water Management, Drinking Water, Drexel University

Drexel Expert Available to Comment on 40th Anniversary of Clean Water Act

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Shared Transportation System Would Increase Profits, Reduce Carbon Emissions

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The Physical Internet – a concept in which goods are handled, stored and transported in a shared network of manufacturers, retailers and the transportation industry – would benefit the U.S. economy and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study by engineers at the University of Arkansas and Virginia Tech University.

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Transportation, Sustainability, U.S. Cities, Wealth, Comprehensive Planning

State-Mandated Planning, Higher Resident Wealth Linked to More Sustainable City Transportation

Transportation practices tend to be more environmentally friendly in wealthier metropolitan areas located within states that mandate comprehensive planning, new research suggests.

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Foodborne Illness, Foodborne Pathogens, Epidemeology, probability matching, Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia Labs, NISAC

Sandia Probability Maps Help Sniff Out Food Contamination

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Uncovering the sources of fresh food contamination could become faster and easier thanks to analysis done at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC).

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National Center For Atmospheric Research, NCAR, JAWS, Juneau Airport Wind System, Alan Yates, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Turbulence, Airline Disaster, Airport, Aircraft Safety

New Airport System Facilitates Smoother Take-Offs and Landings

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For airline passengers who dread bumpy rides to mountainous destinations, help is on the way. A new NCAR turbulence avoidance system has for the first time been approved for use at a U.S. airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings across the United States and overseas.

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traffic light, Collision, Driver, Crashes, intersections, smart road, Transportation

Length of Yellow Caution Traffic Lights Could Prevent Accidents

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A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researcher studies the causes of intersection vehicle collisions.

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Building Ultra-Low Power Wireless Networks

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Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have received funding from the National Science Foundation to create distortion-tolerant communications for wireless networks that use very little power. The research will improve wireless sensors deployed in remote areas where these systems must rely on batteries or energy-harvesting devices for power.

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Solar Energy, Smart Grid

As Smart Electric Grid Evolves, Virginia Tech Engineers Show How to Include Solar Technologies

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An economically feasible way to store solar energy in existing residential power networks is the subject of an award winning paper written by two Virginia Tech electrical engineers and presented at an international conference.

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Traffic, road, City Planning

A Simple Way to Help Cities Monitor Traffic More Accurately

New software helps in-road traffic detectors count cars more accurately -- and save city planners money.







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