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The NASA Challenger disaster in 1986 was an example of management ignoring engineers. Photo credit: NASA
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The NASA Challenger disaster in 1986 was an example of management ignoring engineers. Photo credit: NASA

Much of the modern world is poorly prepared for any deviation from the status quo.

As a student in the 60/70s, my broad-based engineering education included systems reliability and resilience. I soon discovered the UK energy grid enjoyed an excess capacity of 23% to allow for rou...

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