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Transit and Training Crucial to Connecting Unemployed with Jobs

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According to a new University of Minnesota study, the mismatch between unemployed workers and job vacancies is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region and it appears to have worsened since the turn of the millennium. The biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack fast or frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly vacancies in the south and southwest metro.

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Large-Scale Data Study of Super Storm Sandy Utility Damage Shows “Small” Failures, Big Impact

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A new study shows the extent of the challenge faced by the upstate New York distribution grid during Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, and suggests what might be done to make the system more resilient against future storms.

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How America’s Electric Utilities Can Speed Recovery From Cyber-Induced Blackouts

A new study by Johns Hopkins APL/Dr. Paul Stockton, “Superstorm Sandy: Implications for Designing a Post-Cyber Attack Power Restoration System,” examines the novel challenges of a cyber attack, and explores how utilities can ramp up the progress they are already making against increasingly severe cyber threats.

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In Emergencies, Should You Trust a Robot?

In emergencies, people may trust robots too much for their own safety, a new study suggests. In a mock building fire, test subjects followed instructions from an “Emergency Guide Robot” even after the machine had proven itself unreliable – and after some participants were told that robot had broken down.

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Study: California Blowout Led to Largest U.S. Methane Release Ever

The Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout, first reported on Oct. 23, 2015, released over 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane before the well was sealed on Feb. 11, according to the first study of the accident published today in the journal Science. The results confirm that Aliso Canyon is the largest methane leak in U.S. history.

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The Big Dig: A Global Software Solution for Road, Water and Sewer Repairs

In a paper recently published in the Journal of Construction Engineering Management, researchers describe an innovative method of tracking the many issues involved with the repair and renewal of road, water and sewer networks.

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UT director of Center for Transportation Research David Clarke can discuss expected Amtrak investigation report and rail safety issues

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Government Decisions in Flint’s Water Crisis Guided by Disregard for Class and Color

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Urban Sprawl Stunts Upward Mobility, U Study Finds

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A recent study by University of Utah Department of City & Metropolitan Planning professor Reid Ewing and his colleagues in Utah, Texas and Louisiana, tested the relationship between urban sprawl and upward mobility for metropolitan areas in the United States. The study examined potential pathways through which sprawl may have an effect on mobility and uses mathematical models to account for both direct and indirect effects of sprawl on upward mobility.

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Realistic Data Needed to Evolve the 21st Century Power Grid

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PNNL is helping to create open-access power grid datasets for use in testing new grid technologies.

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Iowa State Engineers Build Cyber Security Testbed to Help Protect the Power Grid

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Iowa State engineers have built the "PowerCyber" testbed to help researchers, industry engineers and students learn to protect the cyber security of the power grid. The end goal is to help create a future electric power grid that is secure and resilient.

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Less ‘Gloom and Doom’, More Action Needed Ahead of Winter Storm

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PNNL Playing Key Role in Modernizing the Electric Grid

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers get new opportunities to shape the country's power grid for the future.

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Sandia Labs Playing Key Role in Grid Modernization

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Sandia National Laboratories is leading the Security and Resilience area of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium (GMLC) and bringing its strong research capability in grid modernization to help the nation modernize its power grid.

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Berkeley Lab Launches New Projects for Grid Modernization

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced awards today as part of two new additions to DOE’s ongoing Grid Modernization Initiative. Berkeley Lab will lead two projects and partner in several more. In total, the Secretary announced up to $220 million for 88 new projects across 14 National Laboratories to deliver new grid concepts, tools and technologies to support the nation’s effort to modernize the power grid.

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Tracking Freight Flows

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A new freight database that will help transportation officials improve highways, railroads and other trade routes across the country.

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Study Finds High Plains Aquifer Peak Use by State, Overall Usage Decline

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A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in 2006. Its use is projected to decrease by roughly 50 percent in the next 100 years.

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Mobile Phone Data Helps Ongoing Quake Relief Effort in Nepal

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Researchers from the University of Southampton are using mobile phone data to monitor the movement of people affected by the earthquake in Nepal and help with the continuing relief effort in the country.

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NASA and Houston Airport System Partner to Create Spaceport

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In a deal linking the old and the new, NASA is officially partnering with the Houston Airport System to develop the commercial spaceport at Ellington Airport.

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Researchers Work to Solve Infrastructure Challenges Through New Engineering Research Center

In August, New Mexico State University was announced as one of four universities in a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center to develop advances in geotechnical engineering that will provide solutions to some of the world’s biggest infrastructure development and environmental challenges.







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