Editor's Choice Stories: Sept. 6, 2011
U.S. Nuclear Operators Told to Reassess Quake Risk (Wall Street Journal)
Nuclear regulators want the operators of all 104 U.S. commercial reactors to conduct new assessments of their facilities' vulnerability to earthquake damage. The decision was motivated by the increased awareness that seismic risks may have been underestimated by nuclear-power industry and regulators in the past, especially for the central and eastern U.S.
The God Clause and the Reinsurance Industry (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Reinsurers are ultimately responsible for every new thing that God can come up with. As losses grew this decade, year by year, reinsurers have been working to figure out what they can do to make the God clause smaller, to reduce their exposure. They have billions of dollars at stake. They are very good at thinking about the world to come.
The Quest for an Unhackable Code (CNN)
Every day the news hits of another company, website or long list of credit cards that's been hacked. But what if there was a foolproof technology to fend off cyberattackers by keeping secret information secret? Would an unhackable encryption algorithm do the trick? That's what a father and son team from Calgary, Alberta, say they've created.
Insomnia is a $63 billion Drag on the Economy, Study Says (Los Angeles Times)
Wake up and read this: Workers with insomnia are costing the country $63 billion in lost productivity each year, according to a new study. You might think that sleepy workers would be at greater risk of being absent from work, but the researchers found that about two-thirds of lost productivity due to insomnia can actually be traced to workers who show up but are not as productive as their rested peers. Among other problems, they make mistakes on the job or cause accidents.
Hackers Impersonate Google to Snoop on Users in Iran (New York Times)
Hackers passed themselves off as the Internet giant Google with the apparent goal of snooping on people using Google services in Iran, the company said.
It was the latest in a string of breaches that call into question the reliability of certificates that are supposed to verify the authenticity of Web sites.
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