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England fans eagerly awaited the start of the Euro 2020 final against Italy, but a chunk of fans outside Wembley Stadium got tired of waiting, leading to some scary scenes. An unknown number of ticketless fans stormed a security gate outside the stadium, overwhelming security personnel as they attempted to get inside. It appears that hundreds of fans were able to get through the first set of security checkpoints. A statement from a Wembley spokesperson said that no fans were able to get through to the actual stadium. Despite the initial statement from Wembley, reporters on the inside tweeted that fans had indeed gained entry to the stadium.  Wembley officials eventually released a new statement, confirming that ticketless fans had forced their way into the stadium. 

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Thanks to our ever increasing reliance on the Internet, the amount of data online is skyrocketing. The global data volume is expected to grow sixfold from 2018 to 2025. It might seem like that information is swirling in the cloudy sky, but it’s stored in physical data centers.

Landon Marston, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, recently noticed news articles addressing the growing energy requirements of the data center industry. As an expert in water resources engineering, he wondered how those energy requirements translated into water consumption. “We know data centers use a lot of energy, and energy uses a lot of water. So how much water is being used?” said Marston. “We suspected that there could be large impacts at a very local scale, but there hadn’t really been a spatially detailed analysis looking at the environmental impact of data centers.”

In a study recently published in Environmental Research Letters, Marston and colleagues attempted to map how and where data centers consume energy and water in the United States. The results showed that it takes a large amount of water to support the cloud and that the water often comes from water-stressed basins.

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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Commercial Drone Alliance, the Consumer Technology Association, and the Small UAV Coalition are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to publish a proposed rule to establish a process to designate airspace above and around fixed-site critical infrastructure facilities.

Critical infrastructure facilities are those that are so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, economic security, or public health and safety. Facilities include those in defense, emergency services, communications, manufacturing, energy, food and agriculture, healthcare, and transportation systems sectors.

In a letter sent on June 29 to the FAA, the organizations highlighted Congressional mandates to promulgate such rulemaking, including requirements passed in the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Read more: HSToday