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March 5, 2013
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  News from the Grid 
  • Tenn. utility piloting new "smart wire" device
    A California-based startup is testing a device that could give utilities a cheap and easy-to-deploy tool for managing electricity flow rerouting power when needed. The so-called "smart wire" device -- which was originally developed by engineers at Georgia Tech and is now being tested by the Tennessee Valley Authority -- attaches directly to the transmission line and relies on "inductive reactance" to manipulate power flow. Smart Grid News (3/4), GigaOm (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Technology and Trends 
 
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Energy Management 
 
  • Fluidic Energy builds a better battery using zinc, air
    Arizona-based Fluidic Energy took the wraps off advanced battery technology that experts say can provide all the power of traditional batteries at a fraction of the cost thanks to its innovative use of air as one of its components. The company, which received $5.3 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding, is one of a handful of companies working on batteries that replace a metal cathode -- one of the three primary part of a battery -- oxygen drawn from the surrounding atmosphere. GigaOm (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  Setting the Agenda 
 
  • MIT's Moniz tapped to lead Energy Department
    President Barack Obama has nominated Ernest Moniz, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative, to replace outgoing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The president said Moniz, along with Gina McCarthy -- his choice to head up the Environmental Protection Agency -- would serve as a united front in the nation's emerging energy strategy, which will focus on reducing climate change and creating new jobs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White House, lawmakers make progress on cybersecurity bill
    Lawmakers and the White House reportedly have made progress on developing a cybersecurity bill and negotiating issues such as what role agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, would have in fighting cyberthreats and attacks. The goal, says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is to have a bill to vote on by April. The White House is also asking for help from the private sector in the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity, as private companies utilize more than half of the country's infrastructure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/2), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/1), Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OSTP director urges power-grid upgrades
    Extreme-weather events such as Hurricane Sandy demonstrate the need for the U.S. to upgrade its electricity grid, says John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A report issued by the National Science and Technology Council predicts that 15.5 million "smart meters" for electricity will be installed in the U.S. by 2015. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  SmartQuote 
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret."
--Henri Frédéric Amiel,
Swiss philosopher, poet and critic


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