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Italy Silenced Quake Scientist Weeks Earlier

So as you’ve probably read, there was a big earthquake over in L’Aquila, Italy. It’s looking pretty grim, too, with a 6.3 magnitude and dozens of entire towns reduced to rubble. Who could have possibly predicted something as catastrophic as this? A seismologist? Psh, keep dreaming. Actually, wait. Yeah. That is what happened. Several weeks ago, Italian seismologist Giampaolo Giuliani ...

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Serious Gaming Prepares L.A. For The Big One

Los Angeles is a focal point for earthquakes and it’ll be no surprise to scientists when another one hits the San Andreas Fault in the future. When it comes to ground trembling geological faults, you’ve got to be prepared. That’s where Aftershock comes in. Aftershock is a game based on a 300-page U.S. Geological Survey that details how screwed L.A. ...

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Scientists Using Macbooks To Detect Earthquakes In The OC

Scientists are predicting that in 30 years, California is going to get seriously twisted. Now I’m not talking about having one too many shots of Patron here; I’m talking about horrific natural disasters known as earthquakes. Lucky for Apple fanboys living out west, your Macbook may end up saving the lives of thousands of people.A team of researchers from the ...

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Self-Healing Houses: Coming to a suburb near you

Natural disasters leave architecture in ruins, causing millions upon millions of dollars in damages. On a Greek mountainside, plans are under way in creating a self-healing house made of nano polymer particles. These particles, when applied under pressure during an earthquake, will flow into cracks and harden to form solid material, which would greatly decrease the chance of a collapse ...

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Power off, lights still on

Not sure if you have ever noticed that some fluorescent lights do glow in the dark for a while after you’ve turned off the power, that’s because the excited particles (ions) take time to give out the light (photon) after being excited by electrical energy. NEC has extended this behavior of fluorescence material and apply it to their new Hotalook-alpha ...

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