Slime design mimics Tokyo's rail system
What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent experiment suggests that Physarum polycephalum, a gelatinous fungus ...
From Terabytes to Petabytes: Computer Scientists Develop New Hybrid Database System
(PhysOrg.com) -- As the amounts of data being stored by databases around the world enters the realm of the petabyte (the amount of data stored in a mile-high stack of CD-ROM disks), efficient data management is becoming more ...
Smartphones as seismometers intrigue Berkeley researchers
New Madrid fault system may be shutting down
(PhysOrg.com) -- The New Madrid fault system does not behave as earthquake hazard models assume and may be in the process of shutting down, a new study shows.
Mars: Chaotic terrain between Kasei Valles and Sacra Fossae
(PhysOrg.com) -- Mars Express flew over the boundary between Kasei Valles and Sacra Fossae and imaged the region, acquiring spectacular views of the chaotic terrain in the area.
Haiti earthquake poses prediction question
(PhysOrg.com) -- Current earthquake prediction methods may need to be revised in the wake of the recent Haiti and Asian earthquakes and tsunami.
Sichuan quake was once-in-4,000-year event: scientists
People who were killed, injured or bereaved in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake had the cruel misfortune to be victims of an event that probably occurs just once in four millennia, seismologists said on Sunday.
Helping to forecast earthquakes in Salt Lake Valley
Salt Lake Valley, home to the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch fault zone and the West Valley fault zone, has been the site of repeated surface-faulting earthquakes (of about magnitude 6.5 to 7). New research trenches ...
Haiti should brace for more devastating quakes: study
The 2010 earthquake that devastated southern Haiti may have opened a new era of seismic activity and residents should brace for more massive temblors, said a US study on Thursday.
Dutch roof fire warning for 650,000 solar panels
Hundreds of thousands of solar panels are at risk of setting roofs on fire because of an electrical fault, Dutch authorities and media warned Tuesday, with 15 roof fires already reported in Europe.
New monitoring stations detect 'silent earthquakes' in Costa Rica
After installing an extensive network of monitoring stations in Costa Rica, researchers have detected slow slip events (also known as "silent earthquakes") along a major fault zone beneath the Nicoya Peninsula. These findings ...
Topography Reflects Baja Quake Site's Complex Geology
(PhysOrg.com) -- The topography surrounding the Laguna Salada fault in the Mexican state of Baja, California, is clearly shown in this combined radar image and topographic view (above) generated with data ...
Model describes New Zealand's complex tectonic environment
At the Hikurangi fault, off the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, the Pacific tectonic plate sinks beneath the Australian plate. Farther south, in the Marlborough Fault System, which cuts through the country's ...
Smart paint could revolutionize structural safety
An innovative low-cost smart paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines and bridges before structural damage occurs is being developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde ...