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.
100 days of executive action: Accomplishment or posturing? President Trump's first 100 days have featured a flood of high-profile executive orders. Which ones do what he says they do, and which ones don't? How are Trump voters feeling now?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?