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Researchers Finds Room for Improvement in Global Flood Preparedness

A new study across Austria, England, and Romania finds room for improvement in both public and private schemes that could help encourage risk reduction behaviors and reduce losses in future disasters. “Currently neither insurance nor governments successfully encourage risk reduction. …

Researchers Say Popular Robots Dangerously Easy to Hack

Some of the most popular industrial and consumer robots are dangerously easy to hack and could be turned into bugging devices or weapons, IOActive Inc. said. The Seattle-based cybersecurity firm found major security flaws in industrial models sold by Universal …

Business News: LexisNexis, NCCI, Verisk

LexisNexis Introduces New Multi-language Telematics Capability Atlanta-based Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions now includes multi-language capability in its telematics platform. This development can improve speed to market in each territory while providing the benefits of a consistent platform across different geographical …

Business News: Travelers, ISO, IAIABC

Travelers Completes Acquisition of UK-Based Simply Business The Travelers Companies, Inc.completed its previously announced acquisition of Simply Business, a leading provider of small business insurance policies in the United Kingdom, offering products online on behalf of a broad panel of …

Swiss Re: Much Lower Catastrophe Costs in First Half of 2017 Versus 2016

According to preliminary sigma estimates, global total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2017 were $44 billion. That was well below the first half annual average of $120 billion of the last 10 …

Scientists Narrow MH370 Search Area to 3 Spots

Scientists have potentially narrowed the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner to three specific locations in the southern Indian Ocean through new satellite and drift analysis of the 2014 crash released Wednesday. But the Australian Transport Safety Bureau cautioned …

Stunt Driver Dies During ‘Deadpool 2’ Filming in Vancouver

“Deadpool 2” star Ryan Reynolds is mourning the death of a motorcycle stunt driver killed during production Monday. Reynolds released a statement on Twitter a few hours after the accident near the waterfront in downtown Vancouver. “Today, we tragically lost …

Quick-Melting Arctic Sign of Bad Global Warming

One of the coldest places on Earth is so hot it’s melting. Glaciers, sea ice and a massive ice sheet in the Arctic are thawing from toasty air above and warm water below. The northern polar region is heating up …

Commentary: Blockchains Eye Catastrophe Business

Financial markets are showing some signs of volatility these days after exceptionally low indicators since the start of the 2017. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, is at its highest level this year. The VVIX Index, which …

Research Finds USBs Pose Data Leakage Risk

USB connections, the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers, are vulnerable to information ‘leakage’, making them even less secure than has been thought, Australian research has shown. University of Adelaide researchers tested more than 50 …

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