8 Abandoned Radar Stations That Were Once State-of-the-Art

Between the 1930s and 1970s, billions of dollars were spent to build early-warning systems—often in the most remote parts of the world. But by the late 1980s, most of these sites had been abruptly shuttered—made increasingly obsolete by the emergence of satellite communications. Yet the hulking shells, discs, and… » 9/16/13 9:01am 9/16/13 9:01am

The California-Made Earthquake Alarm That Works But California Won't…

For all of the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the former, a 9.0 magnitude beast called “Tohoku,” could have claimed far more lives. The reason it didn’t? Since 2007, Japan has had an early warning system—conceived ten years ago at Caltech—which California still hasn’t managed to set up.… » 5/01/13 4:30pm 5/01/13 4:30pm