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Renewable Energy and Protecting the Grid from Terrorism and Natural Disasters

A society that relies on technology becomes extremely vulnerable when the technology fails, and since most of our gadgets are electrical, protecting the power grid is a top priority. Failures can be caused by human error, weather, animals, or acts of malevolence, so grid designers must build in safeguards in order to keep faults from taking down major portions of the grid…

 

Military develops flying robot to rescue humans during natural disasters

Swiss researchers reveal efficient flying drone that can also walk around natural disaster areas to assist in rescue efforts.

Swiss researchers reveal efficient flying drone that can also walk around natural disaster areas to assist in rescue efforts.

While lethal military drones may get more press, scientists have not let combat corner the market in unmanned flight technology. Regardless of application, one big hurdle in robotics has been combining flight and terrestrial mobility into one drone. However, a major step over this hurdle was described in a report published on Monday in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics…

 

Education is key to disaster risk reduction- UNU Vice Rector

Disaster risk management preparedness efforts should include education at different levels on risks prevention, coping and adaptation strategies. This, according to Prof. Jakob Rhyner (photo), the Vice Rector of the United Nations University in Europe and Director of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), will improve knowledge on risk management and cooperation from communities when disaster occurs…

 

Did earthquakes spell doom for ancient Mississippian societies?

STEVE NAGY

STEVE NAGY

It is a mystery that baffles the archaeologists who’ve spent decades excavating the remnants of the ancient American Indian societies that flourished along the Mississippi River for a thousand years in southwestern Illinois. But then, suddenly, around the year 1400 A.D., those societies, including the large city that once covered the site of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, collapsed, sending their inhabitants fleeing from the region…

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