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23rd September 2011

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New theory explains collapse of Twin Towers

According to a theory advanced by a SINTEF materials scientist, a mixture of water from sprinkler systems and molten aluminium from melted aircraft hulls created explosions that led to the collapse of the Twin Towers in Manhattan. Just before the two New York skyscrapers collapsed on September 11, 2001, powerful explosions within the building could be heard, leading many people to believe that overheated steel beams in the building were not the cause of the collapse.

At an international materials technology conference in San Diego, the audience heard senior scientist Christian Simensen of SINTEF Materials and Chemistry present an alternative theory based on the physics of materials of what happened in the towers when they were attacked by the aircraft.

Simensen believes that it is overwhelmingly likely that the two aircraft were trapped inside an insulating layer of building debris within the skyscrapers. This leads him to believe that it was the aircraft hulls rather than the buildings themselves that absorbed most of the heat from the burning aircraft fuel.

The SINTEF scientist believes that the heat melted the aluminium of the aircraft hulls, and the core of his theory is that molten aluminium then found its way downwards within the buildings through staircases and gaps in the floor – and that the flowing aluminium underwent a chemical reaction with water from the sprinklers in the floors below.

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UK businesses stock up on snow blowers
Snow blowers designed to clear snow from domestic and industrial premises have been selling quickly since some meterologists predicted a severe UK winter. Since putting its range on the Internet, Mowdirect has reported huge interest in a wide range of snow clearance machines, particularly for the small domestic machine which costs just £159. More details.

Peak 10 adds 26,000 square feet of disaster recovery workspace to Nashville Campus
Peak 10 is adding 26,000 square feet of customer workspace to its Nashville campus, which is part of its Workspace Recovery service for customers and local businesses. This space will be contiguous to the Nashville 2 and Nashville 3 facilities. www.peak10.com

Kroll Ontrack develops techniques to recover data from Dell EqualLogic systems
Kroll Ontrack has launched new data recovery capabilities for Dell EqualLogic SAN systems. Using proprietary technology it developed to address Dell EqualLogic system data losses, Kroll Ontrack is now able to recover data from both traditional and virtualized file systems on Dell EqualLogic storage products.

Dell’s EqualLogic storage solutions deliver the benefits of consolidated networked storage in a self-managing, iSCSI storage area network that is affordable and easy-to-use, regardless of scale. As a result, a growing number of organizations use Dell EqualLogic systems as storage solutions in virtualized server environments. Even though modern systems like Dell EqualLogic include replication and backup, these technologies still use disks, which are vulnerable to physical failures. Moreover, 40 percent of data loss is a result of human error, against which even the most failsafe system can struggle to protect.

Ultimately, this new capability enables Kroll Ontrack to perform in-lab recoveries without removing anything but the affected physical disks from the client’s premises. Functional parts of the file system can be left operational while data is recovered from faulty disks. Even remote data recoveries are possible under certain circumstances. This translates to less downtime for the client and a quick return of mission critical data.


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Date: 23rd September 2011 • Region: Various

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