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Hacklogged

Def Con security convention tests cybersecurity If you’re worried about the increasing dangers of hacking, this event wasn’t for you. An 11-year old boy hacked into an imitation voting system in Florida, the latest empirical evidence of the dangers of cybersecurity. In Florida, a state with specific experience in the frailty of ballot structure, a […]

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Leaders of the Pack

Looking for a new trade show? PACK could whet your thirst for novelty Looking for a unique trade show to attend? The two-for-one combo provided by PACK EXPO International (Oct. 14-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago) could be a great place for both a change of scenery and flip of the idea light bulb. PACK, […]

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Underutilized

Power sector’s progress marred by a bad couple of weeks Major progress in the utility sector can be seen in the forms of integrating renewable energy to the grid, shoring up security measures, and the inclusion of battery storage and microgrid function to the industry. Maintenance of utilities has also become more advanced of late, […]

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Fiery Déjà vu

California wildfires continue to rage this season This kind of déjà vu is the worst to experience when put in writing. Imagine multiplying that by a thousand, with the utmost severity, for those who are living it. If you’re feeling redundancy from reading about California wildfires—it isn’t a mistake—they’re just happening all the time. Especially […]

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NAWT Training

Wastewater association offering new vacuum truck program, among others Whether you are an experienced industry professional or just starting out in the business, you may find value in the National Association of Wastewater Technicians introduction and inspections training courses. Successful completion of the training will get you a Certificate of Completion as an inspector by […]

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Trash & Trade

China puts its foot down, complicating waste problem Even if you aren’t an environmental nut, you may have noticed in the news a trend of trash heaps cropping up around the world. The waste issue, oft-overlooked in much of society, but combated by recycling advocates at a spiked pace of late, has spread from mere landfills […]

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2020 NEC Open for Comment

60-day window on NFPA website The 2020 National Electrical Code is currently open for comment, according to the NFPA 70 website. This comes as part of a 60-day window that will end August 30th. The NEC is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards. Covered […]

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Gator Aid

Alligator found in wastewater treatment system in…Pennsylvania? Quite the list of animal oddities we’re compiling, no? This one might top them all: an alligator was discovered in a wastewater treatment system by two workers in…Pennsylvania. The Keystone State is surely not known for its reptiles. The Bayou State, however, is, and that’s where this story […]

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Plug Ambassadors

MIT is making outlets smarter and safer using the Internet of Things Internal arc resistance is a major part of electrical safety, right down to the ground floor of household appliances. The identification and containment of internal arc faults is the main duty of switchgear, which is built with the ability to withstand them. New […]

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Blackout Season

Can we categorize these as ‘trending’ yet? Another public realm was affected by a power outage Monday night when the lights went out at Wrigley Field in Chicago. On a night when the home team’s scheduled game was set to be delayed by weather as well, the lights installed in 1988 at one of the […]

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