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Experts Hope To Finally Build The Very First Computer

If you've been involved in an IT project you know the pains of going over budget and over deadline. But don't think these problems only exist for us 21st century workers. Nope. In the mid-1800s Charles Babbage designed the very first computer and was tasked with convincing the government in...

Forget Welding, These Robots Can Paint Like Picasso

Did you ever wonder what sleep looked like from an artistic perspective? Sure there are plenty of paintings portraying people sleeping. And the vision of Snow White put into a near-death slumber by the poison apple is forever etched into my mind.

Assume Your Way To All Sorts Of Answers

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?

100 Things To Ponder About The Periodic Table

It arrived. My advance copy of "The Elements, An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table" (Shelter Harbor Press, October 2012). The UPS driver pulled up to my driveway with book in hand while I was outside with my three dogs.

Recent Security Breach At Saudi Aramco Solidifies The Notion Of Preparing For The Worst

Like any major catastrophe, many companies think it won't happen to them. But "stuff" happens and it's best to be prepared for the worst. Just ask Saudi Aramco. On Aug. 15 the oil producer was attacked by a virus named “Shamoon,” which damaged 30,000 computers.

Hazardous Chemicals: Knowledge Is Power

With great discovery comes great risk. Chemical companies are no exceptions. But employees have a right to know what they are dealing with at work. If they are exposed to hazardous chemicals, they should have resources available to understand the risks and learn how to best manage their environment.  

Helium Shortage Bursts Balloons

"No Balloons Due To A Helium Shortage" – that's what the sign said at my  local grocery store. Really? How could there be a shortage of helium? Isn't that one of the most-abundant elements in the universe?

A Last Look Back at Chemical Security - Highlights from the Conversation

The first entry I wrote for this blog back in April 2010 was entitled “The Chemical Security Conversation” begins -- and what a conversation it’s been. I hope that we have been able to provide you with relevant news and information and maybe shed some light on a complex topic.

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit: ISCD Regulatory Update

At the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit, David Wulf, Director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided an ISCD regulatory update.Mr. Wulf began by reviewing the current status of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, noting that in the 5 years since the inception of...

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit: Theft and Diversion

At the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit I had the opportunity to attend the Theft and Diversion breakout session, which explored various chemical theft and diversion schemes as well as some of the measures companies are implementing to mitigate chemical theft and diversion.