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Submission + - How Lead Ended Up In Flint's Tap Water (acs.org)

MTorrice writes: Lead contamination is the most troubling in a series of water problems that have plagued Flint, Michigan since the summer of 2014. All of them were caused by corrosion in the lead and iron pipes that distribute water to city residents. When the city began using the Flint River as its water source in April 2014, it didn’t adequately control the water’s ability to corrode those pipes. This led to high lead levels, rust-colored tap water, and possibly the growth of pathogenic microbes.

Environmental engineers talk about the chemistry behind the Flint water crisis and explain the one thing the city could have done to prevent the whole catastrophe.

Submission + - The Second Coming of Neuromorphic Computing (nextplatform.com)

An anonymous reader writes: There have been a couple of noteworthy investments that have fed existing research for neuromorphic architectures. The DARPA Synapse program was one such effort, which beginning in 2008, eventually yielded IBM’s “True North” chip—a 4096-core device comprised of 256 programmable “neurons” that act much like synapses in the brain, resulting in a highly energy efficient architecture that while fascinating—means an entire rethink of programming approaches. Since that time, other funding from scientific sources, including the Human Brain Project, have pushed the area further, leading to the creation of the SpiNNaker neuromorphic device, although there is still a lack of a single architecture that appears best for neuromorphic computing in general. The problem is really that there is no “general” purpose for such devices as of yet and no widely accepted device or programmatic approach...but all of that initial interest and funding is about to rewarded and things are set to change...

Submission + - Retired IT specialist shares inside story of botched National Park project (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: A retired IT specialist with the National Park Service delivered a fiery talk (“The Moose Project: What Went Wrong? An ICT Case Study from the National Park Service”) https://www.bicsi.org/uploaded... at the recent BICSI Winter cabling/wiring conference, describing a systemic problem with architectural, engineering and construction projects within the park service that overlook involving information and communications technology experts. The result is extra work, potential communications outages and big costs to taxpayers.
Censorship

Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested 433

WrongSizeGlass writes "AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. 'Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president,' Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story titled Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom."
Government

Dell To Leave China For India 352

halfEvilTech writes "India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, told the Indian press that Dell chairman Michael Dell assured him that Dell was moving $25 billion in factories from China to India. Original motives were cited for environmental concerns. But later details come up as to Dell wanting a 'safer environment conductive to enterprise.'"

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