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Huge Study Finds Professors’ Attitudes Affect Students’ Grades

A huge study at Indiana University, led by Elizabeth Canning, finds that the attitudes of instructors affect the grades their students earned in classes. The researchers conducted their study by sending out a simple survey to all the instructors of STEM courses at Indiana University, asking whether professors felt that a student's intelligence is fixed and unchanging or whether they thought it could be developed. Then, the researchers were given access to two years' worth of students' grades in those instructors' classes, covering a total of 15,000 students. Ars Technica reports: The results showed a surprising difference between the professors who agreed that intelligence is fixed and those who disagreed (referred to as "fixed mindset" and "growth mindset" professors). In classes taught by fixed mindset instructors, Latino, African-American, and Native American students averaged grades 0.19 grade points (out of four) lower than white and Asian-American students. But in classes taught by "growth mindset" instructors, the gap dropped to just 0.10 grade points. No other factor the researchers analyzed showed a statistically significant difference among classes -- not the instructors' experience, tenure status, gender, specific department, or even ethnicity. Yet their belief about whether a students' intelligence is fixed seems to have had a sizable effect. The students' course evaluations contain possible clues. Students reported less "motivation to do their best work" in the classes taught by fixed mindset professors, and they also gave lower ratings for a question about whether their professor "emphasize[d] learning and development." Students were less likely to say they'd recommend the professor to others, as well. Is it possible that the fixed mindset professors just happen to teach the hardest classes? The student evaluations also include a question about how much time the course required -- the average answer was slightly higher for fixed mindset professors, but the difference was not statistically significant. Instead, the researchers think the data suggests that -- in any number of small ways -- instructors who think their students' intelligence is fixed don't keep their students as motivated, and perhaps don't focus as much on teaching techniques that can encourage growth. And while this affects all students, it seems to have an extra impact on underrepresented minority students.

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Cyber-harcèlement : que faire si vous en êtes victime ? | Renseignements Stratégiques, Investigations & Intelligence Economique - Suite aux révélations sur la Ligue du LOL, un groupe Facebook privé composé d’une trentaine de journalistes et communicants accusés de cyber-harcèlement, voici comment réagir face à ce type de situat…

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Techinnov : Programme - En 2019, Techinnov se construit autour de l’Arena et se nourrit des contenus, idées, innovations qui y sont présentés tout au long de la journée. C’est un lieu de passage unique et obligé pour tous l…

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La levée de l’anonymat nous sauvera-t-elle du cyber-harcèlement ? | Renseignements Stratégiques, Investigations & Intelligence Economique - Le gouvernement souhaite lever l'anonymat sur les plateformes de réseaux sociaux afin d'endiguer le phénomène du harcèlement en ligne. Cette disposition sera-t-elle efficace ? Pour les différents act…

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What, No Expense Account? My RSA 2019 Itinerary

Yes, you read it here first, I will not be jetting into San Francisco on my private jet and staying at a hotel I wouldn”t tell you plebs about anyway. RSA 2019 will be a first for me in that I am representing myself and not expensing my trip on the company dime. I am … Read More

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Career – SecureLink Germany - Unsere Mitarbeiter erbringen Spitzenleistungen. Wir tun das Gleiche für sie. Nach diesem Prinzip haben wir ein attraktives Leistungspaket für unsere Mitarbeiter zusammengestellt. Wir glauben, dass Ar…

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Unnatural Disasters (FA 2017) - Global Perspectives on Unnatural Disasters Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:45AM Arts & Sciences 342 Some Wednesday evenings, 5:00-6:50PM Arts & Sciences 167 Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enou…

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Máster Universitario Online en Inteligencia de Negocio y Big Data en Entornos Seguros / Business Intelligence and Big Data in Cyber-Secure Environments (Interuniversitario) - Más visitados Oferta de estudios Biblioteca Ayudas al estudio 2018/19 Concursos PDI Ayudas y becas Trabaja en la UBU Recomendados Portal de convocatorias Centros y departamentos Ayuda Office 365 Cale…

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Cyber criminalité : Duke condamnée par le régulateur US – Journal de l’environnement | Renseignements Stratégiques, Investigations & Intelligence Economique - Un électricien américain a été condamné à 10 millions de dollars d’amendes pour n’avoir pas pris au sérieux la prévention des cyber attaques contre ses réseaux. Extrait : Ils y pensent tous. Ils n’en…

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Cyberguerre : La Cyber-Résilience N’Est Pas Le Vaccin Mais Un Bon Contrepoison | Renseignements Stratégiques, Investigations & Intelligence Economique - La cyber-résilience fait référence à la capacité d’une entité à fournir en permanence le résultat souhaité malgré les cyber-événements indésirables. La cyber-résilience est une perspective en évoluti…

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Technology Race “Messung von IT-Sicherheit” in der Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Lehrstuhl für Mobile Business & Multilateral Security – IT-Security Lab - Technology Race “Messung von IT-Sicherheit” in der Goetheuniversität Frankfurt, Lehrstuhl für Mobile Business & Multilateral Security Gastgeber: Dr. Gerd Große, GFFT Security Labs Ort: Goethe Univers…

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Marginal Syllabus—When School is Not Enough: Understanding the Lives and Literacies of Black Youth - Join us for a discussion with the authors of “When School Is Not Enough: Understanding the Lives and Literacies of Black Youth,” our February reading for Marginal Syllabus. In the article, Valerie Ki…

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Francesco Pompili on LinkedIn: “L’analisi di Marco Mayer – docente di Conflict and peacebuilding presso la Luiss Guido Carli e direttore del master in Intelligence e security della Link campus University – pubblicata da Cyber Affairs “Il termine cyber security compare ovunque: chi lo digita su Google ottiene quasi 200 milioni di link, eppure il significato di questa espressione è avvolto in una fitta nebbia, come spesso accade per le tematiche di moda. Tutti si sentono autorizzati a parlare di Cyber Security, ma a molti sfugge la natura essenzialmente Politica – o se si preferisce umanistica – della materia. Solo di recente i cittadini hanno iniziato a comprendere i rischi connessi ai processi di digitalizzazione che si sono diffusi a macchia d’olio, ma la percezione è che la sorveglianza digitale sia un tema importante, ma puramente tecnologico. Il profilo tecnico è, viceversa, solo uno dei tanti aspetti del problema. Le dimensioni da affrontare sono molteplici: finalità e valori, alleanze internazionali, strategia di intervento, disegno organizzativo, relazioni sociali, impianti giuridici, implicazioni militari e sanitari, eccetera.” Link gratuito all’articolo completo: Roberto Arditti Vincenzo Scotti Luigi Nicolais” - L'analisi di Marco Mayer - docente di Conflict and peacebuilding presso la Luiss Guido Carli e direttore del master in Intelligence e security della Link campus University - pubblicata da Cyber Affai…

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Rich Kids Are Cheating in School With Apple Watches

An anonymous reader shares a report: There is, however, one demographic that has embraced the Apple Watch with open arms: tech-savvy, upper middle-class teens and tweens. The watch is a convenient workaround for classroom cell-phone bans; it can be used for everything from texting to cheating on tests. [...] Julia Rubin, a former middle-school teacher at a private school in New York City, said that when the Apple Watch first came out in 2014, a handful of students got them as presents for the holidays. When Rubin asked her school's principal to ban the watches the same way the school banned cell phones, she refused. In addition to kids texting during class, there is growing concern that smart watches could be used to help kids cheat during exams. In fact, there is a wealth of YouTube videos showing teens how to do precisely that, usually with the disclaimer that they are only sharing this information "for entertainment purposes." [...] Nikias Molina, 20, is a Spanish vlogger who runs the YouTube channel Apple World. A slender, dark-haired kid with braces and a slight European accent, Molina posted a 2018 video showing subscribers how to use various apps on the Apple Watch to cheat on exams. As he demonstrates in the video and explained to me, there are apps you can download onto the Apple Watch to save PDFs, but the most common method is to take a photo of a cheat sheet and pull it up on the Apple Watch, which doesn't require internet accessibility. The response to the video was mixed -- "students were thanking me [in the comments], and teachers were hating on me" -- but the video racked up more than 115,000 views.

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H-1B Visa Lottery Will Now Favor Masters, Doctorate Degree Holders

McGruber shares a report from The San Francisco Chronicle: The Department of Homeland Security announced a rule change Wednesday that will transform the lottery that decides who gets the 85,000 H-1B visas granted to for-profit companies every year. Previously, an initial lottery granted 20,000 visas only to those holding advanced degrees granted by U.S. institutions -- master's degrees or doctorates -- and then a general lottery granted 65,000 visas to all qualified applicants. The Department of Homeland Security switched the order of these lotteries, it said in a notice of the final rule change, which will bolster the odds for highly educated foreign nationals. The change reduces the likelihood that people with just a bachelor's degree will win in the general lottery, said Lisa Spiegel, an attorney at Duane Morris in San Francisco and head of the firm's immigration group. The program shift could hurt technology staffing companies, also known as outsourcers, who have a reputation for flooding the lottery with applications. Three Indian firms -- Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro -- often account for a majority of the H-1B applications, an analysis of government data shows.

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Schools Are Locking Students’ Phones Away to Help With Concentration

Students at a California high school are getting less screen time since the school implemented a ban on cellphone use during the school day. From a report: After one teacher at San Lorenzo High School brought pouches, created by the tech start-up Yondr, into her classroom to lock away students' phones, the entire school began using them from the beginning of the school day at 8 a.m. until the end of the day at 3:10 p.m. According to a 2018 study from the Pew Research Center, more than half of teens said they felt loneliness, anxiety, or upset in the absence of a cellphone. The study also found that girls were more likely to feel these sentiments than boys. "If something feels weird about modern life to young kids who are dealing with a lot of angst and anxiety in general, maybe it has something to do with relating to the world primarily through a screen eight hours a day," Yondr's founder Graham Dugoni told CNBC. Students said they initially felt awkward and annoyed having their phones taken away during the school day, but added that they started to see more teens interacting with each other. One student added that not having a phone in class helped with concentration.

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Fraunhofer IPA: Wie Unternehmen das maschinelle Lernen in der Produktion am besten angehen können Machine Learning: Daten sind Schlüssel für maschinelles Lernen - Wie Unternehmen das maschinelle Lernen in der Produktion am besten angehen können, erläutert Marco Huber, Leiter des Zentrums für Cyber Cognitive Intelligence (CCI) am Fraunhofer IPA und Professor fü…

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Amazon To Fund CS Classes in Over 130 NYC High Schools

Amazon announced today a plan to fund computer science classes in more than 130 New York City area high schools. Specifically, Amazon will fund both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes across all five NYC boroughs, including more than 30 schools in Queens, near its new headquarters. From a report: The courses will be supported by the Amazon Future Engineer program, whose stated goal is to bring more than 10 million kids to computer science per year, and fund computer science courses for over 100,000 underprivileged kids in 2,000 low-income high schools in the U.S. It also awards 100 students per year with four-year $10,000 scholarships and offers internships at Amazon. The funding for the New York area schools will cover preparatory lessons, tutorials and professional development for teachers, says Amazon, as well as offer sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support for both teachers and students. All participating students will also receive a free membership to AWS Educate, which offers free computing power in the AWS Cloud for coding projects.

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Maurice Dawson, Ph.D., Sc.D., SMIEEE, CSSLP on LinkedIn: “Cyber threats received top billing, and “increasing awareness and understanding of adversaries’ use of cyber operations” is one of the IC’s top objectives laid out in the strategy. #army #iit #computerscience #datamining #illinois #education #softwareengineers #networking #informationtechnology #talentmanagement #socialmedia #securities #military #technology #training #datascience “ - Cyber threats received top billing, and “increasing awareness and understanding of adversaries’ use of cyber operations” is one of the IC’s top objectives laid out in the strategy.…

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College Students Are Rushing in Record Numbers To Study Computer Science

Lured by the prospect of high-salary, high-status jobs, college students are rushing in record numbers to study computer science. Now, if only they could get a seat in class. An anonymous reader shares a report: On campuses across the country, from major state universities to small private colleges, the surge in student demand for computer science courses is far outstripping the supply of professors, as the tech industry snaps up talent. At some schools, the shortage is creating an undergraduate divide of computing haves and have-nots -- potentially narrowing a path for some minority and female students to an industry that has struggled with diversity. The number of undergraduates majoring in the subject more than doubled from 2013 to 2017, to over 106,000, while tenure-track faculty ranks rose about 17 percent, according to the Computing Research Association, a nonprofit that gathers data from about 200 universities. Economics and the promise of upward mobility are driving the student stampede. While previous generations of entrepreneurial undergraduates might have aspired to become lawyers or doctors, many students now are leery of investing the time, and incurring six-figure debts, to join those professions. By contrast, learning computing skills can be a fast path to employment, as fields as varied as agriculture, banking and genomics incorporate more sophisticated computing. While the quality of programs across the country varies widely, some computer science majors make six-figure salaries straight out of school. At the University of Texas at Austin, which has a top computer science program, more than 3,300 incoming first-year students last fall sought computer science as their first choice of major, more than double the number who did so in 2014.

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FIC 2019 : Entre cyber-résignation et cyber-résilience | Renseignements Stratégiques, Investigations & Intelligence Economique - Un FIC 2019 qui rappelle ainsi au passage que le « Security By Design » n’est plus une option et constitue d’ailleurs l’un des pans clés, certes encore trop souvent mis en retrait, du RGPD (Règlement…

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L’État confronté à la guerre des talents cyber (3/6) – Acteurs publics | Renseignements Stratégiques, Investigations & Intelligence Economique - Dans une société numérique qui voit la maîtrise de l’État sur les technologies et les équipements se réduire comme peau de chagrin, l’attractivité des métiers de la cybersécurité est plus que jamais …

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Avant le FIC, la France dévoile sa doctrine cyber offensive | Renseignements Stratégiques, Investigations & Intelligence Economique - À quelques heures de l’ouverture du Forum international de la cybersécurité, Florence Parly a dévoilé le volet offensif de sa doctrine cybermilitaire. La ministre des Armées sera d'ailleurs présente …

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Nassif: Investigação dos Bolsonaro vai chegar à Operação Quarto Elemento que investiga “milícia” - Investigação dos Bolsonaro vai chegar à Operação Quarto Elemento Investigação dos Bolsonaro vai chegar à Operação Quarto Elemento via Nassif: Investigação dos Bolsonaro vai chegar à Operação Quarto E…

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Ep. 110 – From SECTF to Pro SE with Whitney and Rachel

So many times we get asked how can you become a professional social engineer.  This month we talk to two amazing women who were never in the industry, took a huge risk and it paid off.  Join us in this fascinating conversation with Whitney Maxwell and Rachel Tobac. Oct 8, 2018



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Computer Science and Diversity

Today I saw a tweet quoting Mark Guzdial's blog saying "In last five years, little progress in increasing the fraction of American CS BS degree recipients who are African Americans."  It is a problem I've given quite a bit of thought to, but in my thinking, diversity is a problem I approached from another angle.  I've always been pleased that a large number of women have decided to work on the problems I care about.  When I came to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) I didn't come to "teach Computer Science."  I came to try to change the way we train, recruit, and equip cyber crime fighters.  I was fortunate that our department chairs in Computer Science (Anthony Skjellum) and Justice Sciences (John Sloan) believed that was something worth doing.  Since then, we've moved from having a certificate in Computer Forensics, to a Masters in Computer Forensics and Security Management, to a full Bachelors degree in Digital Forensics.  But the passion has stayed the same.  How do we train, recruit, and equip cyber crime fighters?

I hadn't realized that we were necessarily doing something unique until I had a visit from Jenn Lesser in April of 2013.  At the time, Jenn was the Security Operations Manager for Facebook.  We had a full agenda of things we were hoping to discuss with her, but something happened that halted all of that.  She came into my office, closed the door, and said  "You have SIX WOMEN working in your lab!  Would you mind if we cancel everything else and just let me interview them?"  At the time my lab was much smaller and that represented about 1/3rd of my employees. What Jenn learned was that most of the women in the lab were there because they wanted to fight crime, right wrongs, and serve the cause of Justice.  When they realized that learning to program and analyze hard drives, network traffic, and email headers could help serve that cause better, they were all in.

This fall, I'll have interactions with 83 students in the classroom and 28 of them are women. 11 of the 48 people on my lab payroll today are women, and I hope we'll hire several more at our job fair later this week! I should note that these are not "Computer Science" courses, but rather Computer Forensics courses being taught for Criminal Justice credit.

How do we recruit women?  It's the same as what our ladies told Jenn Lesser back in 2013.  None of them come to our program because they want to write code.  They come because they want to dedicate themselves to the cause of Justice, and they have learned, perhaps in an introductory course from myself or my colleague Arsh Arora, or perhaps in an introductory course from Criminal Justice professor Martha Earwood, that being skilled in technology is a force multiplier.  If you want to protect the financial assets of the elderly, technology helps.  If you want to identify and stop child predators and human traffickers, technology helps.  If you want to fight against hate speech on the Internet or cyber bullying in the schools, technology helps.  If you want to identify and stop the malware that it is stealing our data, finances, and intellectual property, technology helps.

As I was reading through Guzdial's blog post and following the linked stories, I read Kenneth Bowman's post on African American Computer Science enrollment, and also the 2017 Taulbee Survey on Computer Science Enrollment from the Computer Research Association.

The Taulbee survey has some stark numbers for US Citizen, Female, and African American enrollment in Computer Science at all levels.

At the PhD Level

In the US and Canada, they found 124 Computer Science departments awarded 1,557 PhDs.  891 went to "non-resident aliens."  291 went to Females.  10 went to African Americans.  Of the 291 females, 164 were non-resident aliens.  Of the American females, 64 were White, 27 Asian, 4 Black, and 2 Hispanic.

Of 12,689 PhD students currently studying Computer Science in 135 departments, 8,058 (64.3%) are non-resident aliens, 2,734 (21.1%) are female, and 170 are African American.

What about Masters Level?

132 US Computer Science departments awarded 12,483 Masters degrees last year.  8,813 (73.8%) are non-resident aliens.  26.1% of those students who reported a gender were female (3,162 females and 8,956 males). 111 (0.9%) of the students were Black.  Of the 3,162 females, 2,462 (81%) were non-resident aliens.  Of the American females, 272 were Asian, 250 were White, 32 were Hispanic, and 24 were Black.

Of the 25,126 currently enrolled Masters students in Computer Science, 16,414 are non-resident aliens.  Of the 6,682 females, 5,183 are non-resident aliens.  Of the 1,499 resident females, 661 are White, 620 Asian, 95 Hispanic, and 81 Black.

And at the Bachelor's Level?

131 reporting US Computer Science departments awarded 19,907 Bachelors degrees last year. At the Bachelor's level, we have a much greater percentage of American students.  Only 12.5% of these were non-resident aliens.  But of those remaining 15,433 students, only 547 were Black.  Of the 3,198 female Bachelor's degrees awarded, 2669 went to Americans women.  Of these, 1,110 (35%) were White, 1,104 (35%) were Asian, 200 (6%) were Hispanic, and 93 (3%) were black.

Of the 86,569 students currently enrolled in Computer Science Bachelor's programs, 10,704 were non-resident aliens.  Of the 75,865 citizens in CS BS programs, 13,358 (17.6%) were female. By ethnicity, 39,416 (51.9%) were White, 21,113 (27.8%)  were Asian, 8,395 (11%) were Hispanic, and 3800 (5%) were Black.

The Question

The question that data like this leaves me with is this?  Could it be that the lack of interest in Computer Science from women and minorities (especially African Americans) is similar to what I've found in my lab?  Perhaps the key to encouraging Computer Science is to look at it rather than a Subject to be studied, but as a Tool to be Mastered to enable the study of something else?  Computer Science as a tool (in my case) to improving your ability to help fight for Justice.  Computer Science as a tool to improving your ability to fight disease and illness.  Computer Science as a tool to improving your ability in economics. Computer Science as a tool to improving your ability to fight poverty.

Instead of asking "How to we get more women (or blacks) to study Computer Science?" Perhaps we should be asking "How can we learn what women (and blacks) want to make their life's work and show them how Computer Science can help make them do their life's work better?"

Bloxham Students Caught Buying Legal Highs at School

Bloxham Students Caught Buying Legal Highs at School

It’s true what they say: History repeats itself. This is especially true in the world of web security where tech-savvy students, with an inquisitive nature try to find loopholes in school filters to get to where they want to be or to what they want to buy.

Back in September we blogged about two high profile web filtering breaches in the US; highlighting the cases of Forest Grove and Glen Ellyn Elementary District. Both made the headlines because students had successfully circumvented web filtering controls.

Now the media spotlight is on Bloxham School in Oxfordshire, England, after pupils were caught ordering legal highs from their dorms. See what I mean about history repeating itself? Okay, so the cases aren’t identical, but there is a unifying element. The Forest Grove student was found looking at erotica on Wattpad, students from Glen Ellyn students were caught looking at pornography, and at Bloxham it’s “legal” highs. The unifying factor in all three cases is that they were facilitated by a failure in the school’s web filter. 

The difficulty, though, is working out what exactly went wrong with Bloxham’s filter, because none of the details surrounding the technicalities have been announced. Were students allowed access to website selling recreational drugs, or was there an oversight on the part of the web filtering management? In the original story broken by the Times, a teenage pupil was reported to have been expelled, and other students disciplined following an investigation by the school which found they had been on said websites.

Without knowing the details, it is probably wrong to speculate, however, i’m going to do it anyway! It’s entirely possible Bloxham chose a more corporate focussed web filter. In a corporate environment, “legal" highs may not present as much of an issue as in an education setting. With a strong focus on education, Smoothwall’s content filter has always been good at picking up these types of site. This is aided by the real-time content filter not reliant on a domain list, as these sites are always on the edge of the law, and move rapidly. Because the law is different depending upon where you live - and, indeed, rapidly changing regarding these substances, Smoothwall doesn’t attempt to differentiate between the grey area of “legal highs” and those recreational substances on the other side of the law. All of them come under the “drugs” category. This gives a solid message across all age ranges, geographies and cultures: it’s best not to take chances with your health!

Thousands of People Could Die if U.S. Power Grid is Attacked

Thousands of People Could Die if the U.S. Power Grid is Attacked.  “A terrorist attack on the U.S. power grid could be more destructive than superstorm Sandy, possibly costing hundreds of billions of dollars and leading to thousands of deaths, the National Academy of Sciences said.” Are You Prepared?  And if not, what are you doing about it?  See full article at


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