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Could We Someday Predict Earthquakes?

Lab Notes | Posted 06.21.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

Earthquakes pose a vital yet puzzling set of research questions that have confounded scientists for decades, but new ways of looking at seismic information and innovative laboratory experiments are offering tantalizing clues to what triggers earthquakes -- and when.

Detecting Ignition of Wildfires Sooner: A Much-Needed, Tech-Driven Solution

Graham Kent, Ph.D. | Posted 08.23.2016 | Technology
Graham Kent, Ph.D.

While wildfires are currently devastating larges swaths of northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and western Montana, an interesting experiment is underway at Lake Tahoe and central Nevada. Imagine Steve Jobs meets wildfire.

San Andreas: Separating 5 Facts From Earthquake Fiction

Graham Kent, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2016 | Science
Graham Kent, Ph.D.

As a seismologist, I welcome this movie and hope it marks the beginning of a serious conversation about the real consequences of a large earthquake in modern America. Whatever the scientific flaws of San Andreas may be -- and they are plenty -- the consequences of a large urban earthquake remain unnerving.

Scientists Poke Huge Hole In Theory About Volcanoes

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Science

Have scientists had volcanoes all wrong? A popular theory has it that, at least in certain types of volcanos, eruptions occur when molten rock know...

New Study Yields Big Surprise About Earth's Interior

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Science

Maybe we were mistaken about Earth's mantle, the layer of our rocky planet that lies between its core and the thin crust on which we live. For yea...

Virginia's Fukushima

Tyler Lopez | Posted 09.09.2013 | Green
Tyler Lopez

In the event of a catastrophe (for instance, a large hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or attack), will Dominion similarly find itself scrambling for solutions? Though Virginia's Fukushima has not yet materialized, the political climate surrounding it is not unlike Japan's before 2011.

WATCH: Is This Volcanic Activity In Rome?

Posted 08.28.2013 | Weird News

On Saturday, something strange came up at Rome's Fiumicino airport. No, we're not talking about Superman, but instead what appears to be a fumarole, a...

Global 'Hum' Helps Scientists Probe Planet's Core

Posted 11.23.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 11/23/2012 10:40 AM EST on OurAmazingPlanet The global "hum" of the Earth is now help...

Collective Intelligence

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 12.29.2012 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

It may seem farfetched to look for rescue from the Internet and open-source, rather than from Rome, Brussels or panicky business investors. But what else is on the horizon for people who want to get real work done?

Italian Scientists Convicted of Manslaughter -- but for What?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 12.25.2012 | Science
Paul Raeburn

Isn't all earthquake prediction going to be incomplete and inexact, if not always contradictory? Weather forecasting is also inexact, incomplete, and contradictory, but we don't jail forecasters when a hurricane veers of its predicted path.

New Clue Sierra Nevada Mountain Range Age Mystery

Posted 05.05.2012 | Science

By: Crystal Gammon, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 05/04/2012 12:27 PM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet If it's true that a lady never reveals h...

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Are You Ready For The 'Big One?' | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 05.30.2012 | Science

2012-04-03-Screenshot20120403at9.26.01AM.jpgI spoke to Dr. Thomas Heaton to get a clearer picture of what early earthquake warning systems are and how they can save lives.

Sinking Of Titanic Tied To Rare Lunar Event

Posted 03.07.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 03/06/2012 01:34 PM EST on Lifes Little Mysteries An extremely rare lunar event on the night of Jan. 4, 1912, m...

PHOTOS: 3D Images Before And After An Earthquake

Posted 04.11.2012 | Science

Science/AAS By: Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 02/09/2012 02:02 PM EST on OurAmazingPlanet Laser scans of Earth's...

Scientists: 'Serious' Risk Of Haiti Earthquake In Near Future

The Observer | Robin McKie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Haiti is at serious risk of further devastation from earthquakes in the near future, geologists have warned. Their research, to be published in next m...