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Californian Scientist Recruits Laptop Users For Earthquake Warning System
Science & Tech News: Laptop used by Quake Catcher's Network to document earthquakes.

A scientist in California is trying to recruit at least ten thousand laptop users to provide an early warning system for earthquakes. The technology is already built into laptops in the form of motion detectors and these can be used as seismographs. The accelerometer in the laptop would detect tremors and allow the 'quake catchers' to send the information back to a central computer. ...

Monstrous Sea Bug Found Attached to Sub
Marine Science News: Giant Isopod found attached to sub

A giant isopod, which looks like something out of Star Trek that burrows into your brain, has become the wonder of the internet since initial pictures appeared this week. This cozy little critter, also called Bathynomus Giganteus, managed to hitch a ride on a remotely operated survey submarine at a depth of 8,500 feet. ...

Rare Blue Moon makes an appearance for the end of 2009
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Have you ever wondered where the saying "once in a blue moon" came from? This old saying is based on an actual event, a blue moon. A blue moon is a rare occurrence, and no a blue moon does not mean that the moon will be blue at night. The term blue moon refers to a full moon that is not in conjunction with the regular monthly pattern. In fact, a blue moon only happens once every two or three years because of the extra days that accumulate through the years. ...

Erik Gates of Mythbusters Fame Dies Sunday in Freak Accident
Science News: Gates next to rocket on MythBusters

Erik Gates, who was best known for his guest appearances on the popular TV show 'Mythbusters', died last Sunday at the age of 47. Gates, who owned his own electric company with his brother, was working on the roof of a client's house when he fell through a skylight. He was working on the roof with a colleague, but his coworker says he neither heard nor saw the fall. Although Gates initially survived the fall and was still talking when paramedics arrived on the scene, he died later that day of blunt force injuries to his chest at Los Robles Hospital. ...

Boom! Lake Champlain Bridge was Demolished (with Video)
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The Lake Champlain Bridge that connected Crown Point, New York, with Chimney Point in Vermont was demolished in a controlled explosion this morning. ...

Kim Peek, the inspiration for 'Rain Man', has died

Kim Peek has died from a heart attack according to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Associated Press. Kim Peek was the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's character in the movie 'Rain Man'. Kim's constant companion and caregiver was his father Fran Peek who took him on speaking engagements and essentially shared Kim's amazing memory with the world. Kim Peek was 58. ...

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