'Third World' power outages plague US homes, firms
The United States is the biggest economy in the world, but all it takes to put the lights out here is some snow, or wind, or rain, or squirrels, even a prison break-out.
Chicago planning to lay superconducting cable to prevent power outages in the Loop
No-battery lantern uses water and salt for light
Toshiba plans rollout of entire-home battery system
New algorithm quickly identifies most dangerous risks in a power grid amid millions or billions of possible failures
Each summer, power grids are pushed to their limits, as homes and offices crank up the air conditioning in response to rising temperatures. A single failure in the system—such as a downed power line or ...
Cloud computing's ubiquity brings down prices
If you've ever had your laptop stolen, watched your toddler baptize your PC with Pepsi, or had your MacBook come to a cold, dead stop, you know that the digital memories we store on our home computers are anything but indelible.
3-D models of electrical streamers: New work may be key to avoiding large-scale power outages
Streamers may be great for decorating a child's party, but in dielectrics, they are the primary origin of electric breakdown. They can cause catastrophic damage to electrical equipment, harm the surrounding ...
A strong backhand slap from end of solar storm (Update)
The solar storm that seemed to be more fizzle than fury got much stronger early Friday before fading again.
Satellite reveals new views of earth at night
(Phys.org)—Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...
US disaster agency tries to dispel social media rumors
FEMA, the US disaster response agency, on Saturday set up a "rumor control" section on its website to dispel misinformation on social networks in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
Brazil blackouts result of cyber hacking: report
Massive power outages in Brazil in 2005 and 2007 that impacted millions were caused by cyber hackers attacking control systems, the US television network CBS said Sunday.
Anonymous says power grid not a target
Hacker group Anonymous strongly rejected suggestions on Tuesday that followers could cause a power outage by staging a cyberattack on an electricity grid.
'Thinking machines' will run future power grids
(PhysOrg.com) -- Plans to develop the "smart" grid - a system that uses intelligent computer networks to manage electric power - cannot succeed without the creation of new "thinking machines" that can learn ...
Severe Space Weather
Did you know a solar flare can make your toilet stop working?