Maggie Koerth-Baker, Contributing writer


Codes and Standards December 1, 2006

Taking Stock of Backup Power

You've heard a hot tip that your favorite stock is about to tank, so you call up your broker and tell him to sell, sell, sell. But, almost as soon as you hang up the phone, he calls you back with worse news. He can't process your order. In fact, nobody can, because a massive power outage in New York City has completely shut down the New York Stock Exchange.

By Maggie Koerth-Baker, Contributing writer
Electrical and Power December 1, 2006

Remote Control

While waiting outside their middle school one chilly January morning, a group of students from Seward Middle School in Seward, Alaska, found an unlocked door. Middle school students being what they are, this discovery quickly became an excuse for mischief and exploration. But, less than a minute after the kids entered the building, an alarm sounded and both building and exterior lights flashed on.

By Maggie Koerth-Baker, Contributing writer
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