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Seismic Risk? Research Addresses Dangers of Older Concrete Buildings in U.S.
napa earthquake, damage
June 13th, 2015
Old concrete is not known for standing up to earthquakes, but retrofits made with carbon fiber and shape memory alloy may change that assumption.
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Nepal Earthquake Toll Only Just Beginning
The initial USGS shake map of the Nepal earthquake, which predicted extreme shaking in Kathmandu, was later revised to reflect less shaking.
April 27th, 2015
Terrible as Saturday's earthquake was in Kathmandu, geologists fear more bad news to come as information filters in from the surrounding mountainous countryside which has been cut off from the world by the disaster.
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Arctic Blast Blankets Eastern US in Ice and Snow (Photo)
Snowy East Coast
February 20th, 2015
An Arctic blast sweeping across the East Coast, from Canada south to Florida, left much of the country blanketed in ice and snow this week.
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Continental Collision Could Trigger California Tsunami
carlifornia borderlands area
June 1st, 2015
A network of undersea faults off the coast of Southern California could produce huge quakes that could send tsunami waves crashing into Los Angeles, new research suggests.
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Lightning Electrifies Cyclone's Eye in Dramatic Space Photo
The gleaming eye of Cyclone Bansi.
January 29th, 2015
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured a jaw-dropping photo of Cyclone Bansi from the International Space Station.
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Nepal Earthquake: Health Threats Loom Over Survivors
The city of Kathmandu viewed from Swayambhunath Temple. This photo was taken before the 2015 earthquake.
April 27th, 2015
The aftermath of the Nepal earthquake brings a risk of disease outbreaks — including measles and diarrheal diseases — among the survivors.
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Five Gorgeous Maps That Show Why You'll Be Buried in Snow
Jan 2015 blizzard
January 26th, 2015
As the first blizzard of 2015 bears down on the Atlantic Coast, here are five stunning weather maps that highlight its massive impact.
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