From 'San Andreas,' the stuff of San Francisco nightmares. Well, this and affordable housing.
Noted U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones attended a recent Hollywood premiere of "San Andreas," the latest in a long line of Los Angeles natural disaster action flicks.
She had some funny things to say about the film, and she said them on Twitter. Nobody expects movies like this to be too accurate, but the particular way that this one twists science should be pretty funny to geology and seismology nerds. LA Observed has a collection of Jones' tweets from Grauman's Chinese in Hollywood.
On a reporting trip in the mid-1990s, I visited the headquarters of a major Japanese construction company. I was there to talk about their plans (unrealized, thus far) to build hotels on the moon. During the tour, they took me underneath the building to show me their state-of-the-art (at the time) seismic base isolators to […]
In a guest piece at Scientific American, David Ropeik argues that an Italian court’s decision to charge scientists and a government official with manslaughter isn’t about quake prediction per se, but a failure to communicate science effectively. Snip: But, contrary to the majority of the news coverage this decision is getting and the gnashing of […]
The National Research Council published a report today, reviewing and analyzing peer-reviewed literature, federal and state documents, data requested from private companies, and more … all in an effort to better understand the link between earthquakes and natural gas fracking techniques. Because this is the National Research Council, you can read the whole thing online […]
If the last 50 years of education have taught us nothing else, it’s that it often requires different tactics to best reach different learners. To pick up a foreign language, some students take best to the old-school high school language lab method, using heavy repetition, verb conjugation and grammar emphasis to embed a new language. […]
For those who want a career in video games, there’s no reason to sit around and wait. EA and Rockstar Games probably aren’t going to seek you out and knock on your door with a job opportunity. But if you’re an indie developer with a good idea and some passion, you can create a really […]
Nobody is happy about the current state of our COVID-ravaged education system. With a new school year fast approaching, plans for teaching students still in flux, and political in-fighting driving more fear and confusion about whether or not to re-open campuses, teachers and parents are concerned. Meanwhile, most kids are just fine with spending less […]