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There's A Way to Make Big Earthquakes Safer. The US Won't Pay For It.

Everyone’s fretting about a terrifying article on the terrifying Cascadia Subduction Zone, which will almost certainly deliver the deadliest earthquake in US history. That earthquake would almost certainly be made less deadly with an early warning system that’s ready to be implemented—if only the US would decide to… » 7/13/15 6:10pm 7/13/15 6:10pm

Scientists Develop Micro Microscope: Fits on a Chip, Costs $10

There's been a bit of a rush of pocket/USB digital microscopes recently, but none can hold a candle to this development from the clever chaps at Caltech. They've done a neat bit of thinking and redesigned how microscopes work: their new optofluidic microscope combines microfluidics and standard chip design, and floats… » 7/29/08 4:58am 7/29/08 4:58am

Scientists Working on Matrix-esque Brain-Computer Interface

A team at Caltech is working on a MEMS-based robot probe that will be able to slowly creep electrodes into your brain to connect up to specific neurons. Creepy indeed, but with potential uses for advanced control of prosthetic limbs, Luke Skywalker-style. But the idea has greater potential for "state-of-the-art… » 5/28/08 8:20am 5/28/08 8:20am