Guidehouse Insights Report Finds Utilities Must Strategically Invest in Automation, Control, Visibility, and Resiliency Technologies

As the occurrence of natural disasters increases, grid hardening and resiliency technologies are critical to outage prevention and recovery

A new report from Guidehouse Insights discusses key grid hardening and resiliency technologies for deployment on transmission and distribution (T&D) networks.

The global electric grid is transforming from a unidimensional system of power producers and consumers into a multidimensional, cloud-enabled network. As such, it is more critical than ever for utilities and solutions providers to prioritize grid hardening and resiliency technologies. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, utilities must strategically invest in automation, control, visibility, and resiliency technologies.

“The frequency and scale of natural disasters increase year over year, and outages are simultaneously becoming less tolerable and more expensive to utility customers,” says Michael Hartnack, senior research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “Increasing outages linked to natural disasters, wildfires, and other events is adding to the threat

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Crayfish ‘trapping’ doesn’t control invasive species

Oct. 13 (UPI) — In Britain, a handful of celebrity chefs have encouraged the practice of crayfish “trapping” to control the invasion of American signal crayfish.

Unfortunately, new research — published Tuesday in the Journal of Applied Ecology — suggests the practice doesn’t work. In fact, crayfish trapping can have a host of unintended consequences.

“Trapping has been linked to a range of risks to our waterbodies, including the spread of invasive species on wet or unclean equipment, as well as the direct capture and release of invasive crayfish to seed new harvestable populations,” study co-author Eleri Pritchard told UPI in an email.

“Sadly, trapping also risks protected native wildlife, and has been responsible for the deaths of otters and water voles,” said Pritchard, a postdoctoral researcher at University College London.

American signal crayfish have led to significant declines of native crayfish in Britain and Europe. The invasive species is

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A study detailing the processes that control mole size may help scientists find new ways to prevent skin cancer from growing — ScienceDaily

Moles stop growing when they reach a certain size due to normal interactions between cells, despite having cancer-associated gene mutations, says a new study published today in eLife.

The findings in mice could help scientists develop new ways to prevent skin cancer growth that take advantage of the normal mechanisms that control cell growth in the body.

Mutations that activate the protein made by the BRAF gene are believed to contribute to the development of skin cancer. However, recent studies have shown that these mutations do not often cause skin cancer, but instead result in the formation of completely harmless pigmented moles on the skin. In fact, 90% of moles have these cancer-linked mutations but never go on to form tumours. “Exploring why moles stop growing might lead us to a better understanding of what goes wrong in skin cancer,” says lead author Roland Ruiz-Vega, a postdoctoral researcher at

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LiftMaster Provides A Smarter Way To Secure and Manage Community Access Points with the New CAPXLV Access Control System

“The new system includes all of the same great features of CAPXL with the added benefits of an integrated 135⁰ wide angle camera to keep residential communities secure while making access management easier for community managers,” said Erich Struckmeyer, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial, LiftMaster. “CAPXLV also provides more robust cloud-based solutions for advanced monitoring capabilities to help maximize efficiency and improve operations, all while providing residents with the safe, modern living experience they desire.”

Designed with both community managers and residents in mind, CAPXLV provides customizable applications that help streamline the management of buildings, residents and community access points and provide clear visuals for safety and convenience. Community managers can enhance their monitoring capabilities with myQ Community Control and the Community by myQ app for residents.

With myQ Community Control, community managers can:

  • Conveniently manage and control multiple access points across all communities within a portfolio from
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Fuels, not fire weather, control carbon emissions in boreal forest

Fuels, not fire weather, control carbon emissions in boreal forest
Rockets represent carbon stored in wood, trees, and soil in four main boreal forest regions. Though fire weather helps “ignite” the rockets, the amount of emissions each forest can produce is determined by fuel load (soil layers) and flammability (soil moisture). Credit: Victor Leshyk, Center for Ecosystem Science and Society

As climate warming stokes longer fire seasons and more severe fires in the North American boreal forest, being able to calculate how much carbon each fire burns grows more urgent. New research led by Northern Arizona University and published this week in Nature Climate Change suggests that how much carbon burns depends more on available fuels than on fire weather such as drought conditions, temperature, or rain. In a large retrospective study that stretched across Canada and Alaska, the international team of researchers found that the carbon stored belowground in soil organic matter was the most important predictor of how

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Some U.S. doctors flee to New Zealand where the coronavirus outbreak is under control and science is respected

  • Some U.S. based doctors and nurses are fleeing the country because the lack of PPE and coordinated U.S. response made them feel unsafe during the pandemic. 
  • Some have been feeling burned out for years due to the complex U.S. health system.
  • New Zealand, which led with science, has declared victory over Covid-19 yet again and hasn’t reported a positive case in more than a week. 



Jacinda Ardern holding a sign posing for the camera: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media at a press conference ahead of a nationwide lockdown at Parliament on March 25, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.


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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media at a press conference ahead of a nationwide lockdown at Parliament on March 25, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Dr. Judy Melinek knew it was time to make a change when she started to fear for her health and safety.

While working as acting chief forensic pathologist for Alameda County in California, she read early reports about a virus in Wuhan, China. By June, after repeatedly sounding the alarm about the need for

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FOX Sports and Samsung’s Exclusive 5G Smartphone Experience Lets Fans Control the Action During the MLB Postseason

90+ Proprietary In-Stadium Cameras Drive the “FOX Sports 5G View Powered by SAMSUNG Galaxy” App for NLCS Presented by Camping World and World Series

LOS ANGELES – During the NLCS presented by Camping World and World Series, FOX Sports’ 25th season of MLB Postseason coverage features the FOX Sports 5G View Powered by Samsung, a brand-new bonus app experience exclusively for 5G-enabled smartphones. This innovative collaboration between the two brands, in the heart of the massive October sports calendar, delivers a custom design experience for Android users, including:

Interactive video-player: Empowers the viewer to be the director, with the ability to rotate around the action and zoom in/out during live games for a closer look at plays at the plate, down-the-line hits or a fastball right on the corner
Multi-view feature: Offers five unique camera angles from around the diamond
Highlights: Updated throughout the game to let

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Quality control mechanism closes the protein production ‘on-ramps’ in cells

Quality control mechanism closes the protein production 'on-ramps'
An illustration of stalled ribosomes as stalled cars on a freeway. New work shows that factors GIGYF2 and 4EHP prevent translation from being initiated on problematic messenger RNA fragments. This is akin to closing an on-ramp to prevent additional traffic backups after an incident. Credit: Kamena Kostova and Navid Marvi.

Recent work led by Carnegie’s Kamena Kostova revealed a new quality control system in the protein production assembly line with possible implications for understanding neurogenerative disease.


The DNA that comprises the chromosomes housed in each cell’s nucleus encodes the recipes for how to make proteins, which are responsible for the majority of the physiological actions that sustain life. Individual recipes are transcribed using messenger RNA, which carries this piece of code to a piece of cellular machinery called the ribosome. The ribosome translates the message into amino acids—the building blocks of proteins.

But sometimes messages get garbled. The resulting incomplete

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FANUC Launches a New “Take Control” Virtual Event Featuring Its Latest Automation Technologies

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 2, 2020–

FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs will launch its first virtual event called “ Take Control ”. The event will debut Oct. 19-22, and include three distinct zones: Knowledge, Solutions and Exploration.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201002005082/en/

FANUC will launch its first virtual event called “Take Control” Oct. 19-22, 2020. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“For manufacturers, there’s nothing like the opportunity to visit tradeshows like IMTS, Pack Expo, FABTECH and many other technology events that feature automation and robotics,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO, FANUC America. “Since the start of the pandemic, we haven’t had the opportunity to gather together in one place to meet face to face. We invite all companies – both large and small – who are searching for ways to solve manufacturing problems to connect with us virtually. Let our

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Sphera’s Control of Work Wins Best Process/Plant Optimization Technology Award From Hydrocarbon Processing

Sphera’s state-of-the-art Permit to Work solution helps process-intensive operators simulate and manage interdependent risks to keep people and assets safe and productive

Sphera’s Control of Work Wins Best Process/Plant Optimization Technology Award From Hydrocarbon Processing
Sphera’s Control of Work Wins Best Process/Plant Optimization Technology Award From Hydrocarbon Processing
Sphera’s Control of Work Wins Best Process/Plant Optimization Technology Award From Hydrocarbon Processing

Chicago, IL, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sphera, a leading global provider of Integrated Risk Management software, data and consulting services, has won a 2020 Hydrocarbon Processing Award in the Best Process/Plant Optimization Technology category for its Control of Work solution.

Sphera’s Control of Work—which encompasses electronic Permit to Work, isolations management, hazard assessments, maintenance shifts, simultaneous operations (SIMOPS), sensors and more—delivers a single, shared view of a plant’s operational reality with a radically different, far more intuitive way to simulate and manage work activities and risk. The technology seamlessly integrates risk analysis across domains including data historians, process safety, EHS&S,

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