‘There’s No Safe Level of Lead:’ Vermont Schools, Day Care Centers Undergoing Wave of Lead Tests (NECN)

NECN: ‘There’s No Safe Level of Lead:’ Vermont Schools, Day Care Centers Undergoing Wave of Lead Tests. “With a sweeping round of statewide lead tests now underway at Vermont schools and day care centers, some faucets and drinking fountains are getting failing grades….Wednesday, state health and environmental leaders unveiled a new website where families can check on lead levels in their kids’ drinking water sources.”

Government Technology: Arizona Creates Landslide Database to Monitor Instability

Government Technology: Arizona Creates Landslide Database to Monitor Instability. “Geologists at the Arizona Geological Survey have created a statewide landslide database that documents more than 6,000 landslides, debris flows and rock slides. The tool will help better inform roadway projects.”

Gas Compression Magazine: Fully Searchable Digital Archive

Gas Compression Magazine: Fully Searchable Digital Archive. “Gas Compression Magazine’s online archive is now fully searchable. Can’t remember which issues we featured company XYZ? See them all with a single search. Don’t recall when we ran the article on that new 123 technology? Find it with a single search. Want to find a specific data point from a past ‘Forecast For Compression?’ You guessed it. It’s searchable.”

TechCrunch: A newly discovered hacking group is targeting energy and telecoms companies

TechCrunch: A newly discovered hacking group is targeting energy and telecoms companies. “There’s a new hacking group on the radar targeting telecommunications and oil and gas companies across Africa and the Middle East. Industrial security company Dragos, which discovered the group, calls it ‘Hexane,’ but remains largely tight-lipped on its activities.”

UKAuthority: TfL launches Cycling Infrastructure Database

UKAuthority: TfL launches Cycling Infrastructure Database. “Transport for London (TfL) has launched the Cycling Infrastructure Database for the city, describing it as the largest of its kind. It contains the location of more than 240,000 pieces of infrastructure such as cycle lanes and parking spaces, and has been made available to all of London’s boroughs and released as open data for third party developers.”

Phys .org: The internet is surprisingly fragile, crashes thousands of times a year, and no one is making it stronger

Phys .org: The internet is surprisingly fragile, crashes thousands of times a year, and no one is making it stronger. “Given it is mission-critical for much of the world’s economic and social life, shouldn’t the net be designed to withstand not just minor hiccups but also major catastrophes, and to prevent small problems turning into much bigger ones? Governing bodies such as the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) have long warned of the risk of such cascading incidents in causing systemic internet failure. Yet the internet remains worryingly fragile.”

Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance

Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance. “Urban traffic congestion currently costs the U.S. economy $160 billion in lost productivity and causes 3.1 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 56 billion pounds of harmful CO2 emissions, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. Vikash Gayah, associate professor of civil engineering, and Zhenhui “Jessie” Li, associate professor of information sciences and technology [both at Penn State], aim to tackle this issue by first identifying machine learning algorithms that will provide results consistent with traditional (theoretical) solutions for simple scenerios, and then building upon those algorithms by introducing complexities that cannot be readily addressed through traditional means.”