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Power Grid, blackout risk, sandpiles, grid behavior, Electricity, optimal grid size, David Newman, Benjamin Carreras, Ian Dobson, University of Alaska, BACV Solutions, Iowa State University, Chaos

Is the Power Grid too Big?

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Researchers are asking whether there is a "right" size for the U.S. power grid; they believe that smaller grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages, such as the 2003 Northeast blackout, likening the grid behavior to sandpiles: “Sandpiles are stable until you get to a certain height. Then you add one more grain and the whole thing starts to avalanche.”

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'Super Circles' to Lessen Rush-Hour Headaches

While Mother Nature continues to challenge drivers across the country, a team of traffic engineers is working hard on a new way to make rush-hour commutes safer and faster in any weather. “We can’t do much about snow falling, but we can do something about road capacity and congestion,” said Joseph Hummer, traffic engineering expert and Wayne State University College of Engineering chair of civil and environmental engineering.

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Widespread Rural Broadband Essential to Success of Schools and Businesses

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GW Bridge Study Excuse Like Dropping a Brick on Your Foot to See if It Hurts

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Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2014

1) The road to efficiency. 2) Zero Energy Ready Homes. 3) Cross-disciplinary research is yielding new insight into the carbon cycle, contaminated soils and soil fertility.

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Amazon Drones? Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Experts Available

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Nationally Recognized Expert on Train Wrecks Can Speak on Rail Disasters

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Crumbling Bridges Causing Traffic Chaos in #MTL, @EncsConcordia Prof Can Share His Expertise on Quebec's Bridges

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Villanova Professors Available to Discuss Issues Facing the Philippines Post Super Typhoon Haiyan and What the U.S. Needs to Do to Help

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Typhoon Haiyan, Storm Surge, Flooding, Tsunami

Haiyan’s Storm Surges Reached 20-Feet, Expert Available to Explain Science







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