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[1THING] Blog: Archive for April, 2018

[ Betting On Artificial Intelligence To Guide Earthquake Response ]

First responders in the Marina District disaster zone after an earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, Calif.

A California tech firm believes that artificial intelligence can help communities prepare for, and respond to, quakes.

(Image credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)


[ Malibu Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastic ]


Whether you think it’s time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

(Image credit: Reed Saxon/AP)


[ Major Earthquake On Bay Area Fault Could Kill 800 People, USGS Predicts ]

A sign notifying people they are standing on the Hayward Fault stands at the children

The U.S. Geological Survey simulated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault near Oakland, Calif., and found that such a quake could kill hundreds and cause more than $100 billion in damage.

(Image credit: Ben Margot/AP)


[ For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line ]

Tim Ma prepares a duck confit salad at his restaurant, Kyirisan, in Washington, D.C. Ma says being mindful about reducing food waste is an integral part of his philosophy in the kitchen — not just for environmental reasons but also for profitability.

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

(Image credit: Becky Harlan/NPR)


[ How Pokemon Inspired A Citizen Science Project To Monitor Tiny Streams ]

In the fall of 2017, left, Stream Tracker volunteer John Hammond found this creek near Fort Collins, Colo., to be dry. A year later, it was flowing again.

How do we accurately forecast the amount of water that will be available any given year? It’s not easy. But some Colorado scientists think they’re onto a possible solution — inspired by Pokemon.

(Image credit: Kira Puntenney-Desmond/Colorado State University)


[ Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests ]

Novelist Richard Powers moved to Tennessee after first visiting the Smoky Mountains — shown above, at sunset — for research.

In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with “the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves.”

(Image credit: NPS)


[ New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction ]

An illustration from 1870 shows Prehistoric men using wooden clubs and stone axe to fend off an attacks by a large cave bear. The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) was a species of bear that lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago. Mammoths can be seen in the background.

As humans spread around the globe, other big mammals vanished. Researchers believe it’s because they were tasty.

(Image credit: British Library/Science Source)


[ Zinke’s latest change to the Endangered Species Act is more trouble than you think ]

Removing the “blanket” rule would create more work for an overburdened federal agency and make it harder to protect threatened species.


[ To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs ]

Scourge of the ocean.

Prime Minister Theresa May called plastic waste “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world.” The government said it will work with industry to develop alternatives.

(Image credit: Thn Rocn Khosit Rath Phachr Sukh / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm)


[ Swarms Of Tiny Sea Creatures Are Powerful Enough To Mix Oceans, Study Finds ]

Eddies behind an A. salina shrimp swimming

Each night, the organisms gather in a “vertical stampede” to feed at the ocean’s surface. Research suggests the columns of swimming animals can create large downward jets that help churn the waters.

(Image credit: Isabel Houghton / J.R. Strickler /courtesy of Stanford / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)