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Published September 04, 2010
In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 12:23 a.m. EDT, Saturday Sept. 4, 2010 Aug. 3, 2010 shows the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico being raised to the surface. The blowout preventer wasn’t expected to reach the surface until Saturday, at which point government investigators will take possession of it.
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO – A crane hoisted a key piece of oil spill evidence to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, giving investigators their first chance to personally scrutinize the blowout preventer, the massive piece of equipment that failed to stop the gusher four months ago.
It took 29½ hours to lift the 50-foot, 300-ton blowout preventer from a mile beneath the sea to the surface. The five-story high device breached the water’s surface at 6:54 p.m. CDT, and looked largely intact with black stains on the yellow metal.
FBI agents were among the 137 people aboard the Helix Q4000 vessel, taking photos and video of the device. They will escort it back to a NASA facility in Louisiana for analysis.
The AP was the only news outlet with a print reporter and photographer on board the ship.
FoxNews | The Wall Street Journal
Published July 07, 2010
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
A new federal cyber security program reportedly aims to protect nuclear power plants, like this one in Ogle County, Ill., and other critical infrastructure.
The U.S. government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure such as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday.
U.S. intelligence officials have grown increasingly alarmed about what they believe to be Chinese and Russian surveillance of computer systems that control the electric grid and other U.S. infrastructure.
Officials are unable to describe the full scope of the problem, however, because they have had limited ability to pull together all the private data.
Perfect Citizen will look at large, typically older computer control systems that were often designed without Internet connectivity or security in mind.
Many of those systems — which run everything from subway systems to air-traffic control networks — have since been linked to the Internet, making them more efficient but also exposing them to cyber attack.
The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn’t persistently monitor the whole system, according to people familiar with the program.
Defense contractor Raytheon Corp. recently won a classified contract for the initial phase of the surveillance effort valued at up to US$100 million, said a person familiar with the project.
A spokeswoman for the NSA said the agency had no information to provide on the program. A Raytheon spokesman declined to comment.
Some industry and government officials familiar with the program see Perfect Citizen as an intrusion by the NSA into domestic affairs, while others say it is an important program to combat an emerging security threat that only the NSA is equipped to provide.
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July 6, 2010 – 4:45 PM | by: Michael Tobin
The Obama administration just announced a handout of $2 Billion to build solar panels. The development of this type of energy is politically sexy. Jobs are created to build and maintain the panels, which scream eco-friendly every time they appear on camera.
No one is criticizing the initiative, but it overlooks a power source boasting far greater reliability and intensity than both solar and wind power. Arguably, it produces NO carbon footprint. You could even say it creates a negative carbon footprint.
The source is recycled energy. Instead of burning a fuel to create energy, it takes energy that we are otherwise throwing away and converting that into something useable. It captures heat that otherwise disappears into thin air and turns the heat into power.