The system builds on a dense network of GPS receivers in the western US (http://www.csmonitor.com/tags/topic/United+States), initially installed to track changes in stress along the region's earthquake faults. By adding inexpensive temperature, air-pressure, and motion sensors common in today's smart phones, researchers have found that the system can arm forecasters and emergency managers with important information earlier and more frequently than existing techniques.These same sensors can be installed in buildings, bridges, and other critical pieces of infrastructure to quickly help assess damage after a large earthquake, notes the team, led by Yehuda Bock, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif.
Posted: December 11, 2013, 3:52 pm
A war using even a small percentage of the world’s nuclear weapons threatens the lives of two billion people, a new report warns.“A nuclear war using only a fraction of existing arsenals would produce massive casualties on a global scale—far more than we had previously believed,” said Dr. Ira Helfand. The findings in the report issued by International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) are based on studies by climate scientists that show how nuclear war would alter the climate and agriculture, thereby threatening one quarter of the world’s population with famine. [RINF]
Posted: December 11, 2013, 2:21 am
Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder recently completed analyzing data from a Coronal Mass Ejection that took place in the summer of 2012. The CME, which was reportedly the most powerful electrical discharge ever recorded from the sun, narrowly missed earth. It was not “earth directed,” meaning the electro-magnetic mass was ejected by the sun when it was facing away from our planet. However, had it occurred just a week prior, the highly charged particles would have struck earth and, according to CU-Boulder Professor Daniel Baker, would have led to nothing short of a technological disaster across the globe. The CME itself was massive… and its speed was unprecedented, clocking in at 7 million miles per hour. [SHTFPLAN]
Posted: December 11, 2013, 12:41 am
The forecasts are coming into agreement on a major ice storm over the next week, one that could last for several days, causing “regional” power outages, according to our latest news story (hi-res map). Indeed, some of the ice amounts that the forecasts are printing out are extreme. [PATRIOTRISING]
Posted: December 4, 2013, 11:48 pm
Jose Manteca from Begues, near Barcelona, took the photos from a small observatory on the terrace of his houseThe 54-year-old says he spends hours on the terrace gazing into space, hoping to spot scintillating solar activityHe has developed a technique to take 15 images per second using a humble DSLR camera and a solar telescope Images include stunning close-ups of solar prominences, sunspots and even a plane crossing the face of the sunDespite being 93 million miles from the sun, amateur astronomer Jose Manteca has captured these stunning shots from his back garden. Mr Manteca, who works as a sales representative, installed a small observatory on the terrace of his house in 2011. Ever since he has used a humble DSLR camera to capture breathtaking shots - including solar prominences, sunspots and even a plane crossing the face of the sun.
Posted: December 4, 2013, 11:43 pm