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THE ONE AND ONLY TEXAS WIND BOOM
Richard Martin, Staff Writer, October 3, 2016, MIT Technology Review
With nearly 18,000 megawatts of capacity, Texas, if it were a country, would be the sixth-largest generator of wind power in the world, right behind Spain. Now Texas is preparing to add several thousand megawatts more—roughly equal to the wind capacity that can be found in all of California. Most of these turbines are in west Texas, one of the most desolate and windy regions in the continental United States. Fifteen years ago, when the groundwork for this boom was being set, this area had little but cotton and grain farms, oil fields, scrub and dry riverbeds, and small towns that were mostly withering.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DIDN'T EVACUATE BEFORE HURRICANE MATTHEW. WHY NOT?
Jennifer Horney, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University, The Conversation, October, 16, 2016
As Hurricane Matthew approached the Atlantic coast earlier this month, more than 2.5 million people were told to evacuate in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Further orders were issued last week in eastern North Carolina, where devastating floods have killed 26 people.
Many residents followed these orders, but others stayed in place. In South Carolina, for example, estimates indicate that about 35 percent of residents under evacuation orders actually left their homes
WILL TETHERED DRONE TECHNOLOGY CHANGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, October 18, 2016
On October 17 was the first time Intuitive Machines demonstrated its new tethered drone technology. The company is marketing the drones for a variety of uses, such as monitoring security at public events, surveying refineries for damage, helping firefighters assess a burning house, and providing Wi-Fi and cellphone service after a major disaster.
The demonstration was given from its new location at the Houston Spaceport, where Intuitive Machines is the first tenant in a building that, ideally, will help develop a cluster of aerospace companies near the spaceport.