FROM Thomas Heaton
Would an Early Warning System Make a Difference in a Big Quake? Ten seconds before yesterday’s 6.0 shaker south of Napa in California’s wine country, scientists at UC Berkeley got an earthquake alert. Some day, anyone with a cell phone might be awakened by a warning from ShakeAlert, an idea conceived by Tom Heaton, who directs the earthquake lab at the California Institute of Technology.
New Zealand Quake Raises Questions about California Structures At 3:51 yesterday -- our time in New Zealand today -- all activity stopped for two minutes to mark the moment an earthquake struck the city of Christchurch exactly one week ago. It's too early to learn new lessons, but some very discomforting old ones have been reconfirmed. That's according to CalTech Professor of Engineering and Seismology Thomas Heaton.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.