A technological defense against earthquakes

Earthquakes can cause extensive damage and devastating loss of life. Now, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio is developing computer simulations to identify which buildings are at risk of collapsing during an earthquake. Here’s a look.

SciTech Now Episode 430

In this episode of SciTech Now, we explore a library full of millions of insects in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes; explore a method of 3D printing taking submarines to greater depths; the next generation of the space telescope; and a technological defense against earthquakes.

Estimating the likelihood of an earthquake

Earthquakes are a powerful force of nature, but nature isn’t always responsible for causing earthquakes. Some earthquakes are man-made. A new type of 3D software can now help estimate the likelihood of these man-made earthquakes. We go inside the lab at San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute to learn more.

SciTech Now Episode 318

In this episode of SciTech Now, a pacifier that delivers medicine; meet Sharon Abreu, creator of the Climate Monologues; estimating the likelihood of an earthquake; and learn how fireflies synchronize their flashing light patterns.

Ask an Expert: Fracking

We “Ask an Expert,” Columbia University’s Heather Savage, about fracking and its relation to earthquakes in the United States.