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Universal Resilience Patterns in Complex Networks

Topics: Homeland Security Theory Policy and Practice,

This article uses statistical physics to identify tipping points in complex systems that are on the verge of collapse. This tool can be used for developing both preventative measures before a disaster occurs and for preparing for a post-disaster recovery effort. It is applicable to a wide range of systems, including both ecological and technological ones, and is meant to inform their designs so that they are resilient to both internal failures and external perturbations.

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