NASA researchers says Harvey flooding pushed Houston down two centimeters

September 11, 2017 by  
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Harvey unloaded around 33 trillion gallons of water in the United States, the weight of which is capable of bending the Earth’s crust . From satellite data , it looks like this is what happened in Houston . Scientist Chris Milliner of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted a map with GPS data revealing Houston has been pushed down by around two centimeters (or about 0.8 inches). Milliner’s map included Nevada Geodetic Laboratory data revealing the area around Houston was actually pushed down because of the weight of all the water from the tropical storm . One gallon of water weighs around 8.34 pounds, so if Harvey dumped 33 trillion gallons of water, that’s about 275 trillion pounds. Related: Arctic warming likely turned Harvey into “an extreme killer storm” GPS data show #Harveyflood was so large it flexed Earth's crust, pushing #Houston down by ~2 cm! #EarthScience #HurricaneHarvey #txflood pic.twitter.com/88lNScJBq9 — Chris Milliner (@Geo_GIF) September 4, 2017 It’s not the first time scientists have documented how the weight of water can alter the land. The Altantic cited a 2012 study focusing on the Himalayas that found a seasonal flux in the mountains’ height as water fell and then made its way down the mountains into Asian rivers. They also noted a 2017 study found “vertical surface displacement [with] peak-to-peak amplitudes” of 0.5 to one centimeter in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Atlantic suggested the changes around Houston could be seen as a “fast-action version” of what takes place in mountain ranges during the seasons. The change could be due to soil beneath GPS stations compacting because of the weight of the water, Milliner said. But he thinks crust deformation was the main means of the change, since some of the GPS stations are on bedrock and also saw the depression. The ground has already been sinking in Houston, because we’ve pumped groundwater out of the city’s aquifers, according to The Atlantic. Milliner clarified the phenomenon he saw after Harvey is in addition to subsidence the city has experienced. Via The Atlantic Images via Chris Milliner on Twitter and U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf

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Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

August 18, 2015 by  
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Using GPS tracking devices, a journalist has mapped the smuggling route of elephant tusks out of Congo’s Garamba National Park. The devices, installed into a pair of fake ivory tusks, helped investigative journalist Bryan Christy track the ivory from Garamba through Sudan. “These tusks… operate really like additional investigators, like members of our team, and almost like a robocop,” Christy told Terry Gross in an interview on NPR . Read the rest of Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

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Breathtaking House Katarina feels like a modern treehouse

August 18, 2015 by  
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The Immortus electric sports car can drive all day using just the power from the sun

August 18, 2015 by  
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Even with an impressive driving range of 400 miles, there will be a time when you’ll have to plug in the Tesla Roadster , but there’s a new electric sports car hitting the market soon that may never need to be connected to a wall socket at all. Talk about ending range anxiety. Melbourne-based EVX Ventures has revealed details about a new electric sports car that it is working on that can drive all day using nothing but the power from the sun. Called the Immortus, the two seater electric car can travel an unlimited distance on sunny days thanks to the 75 sq ft. of solar photovoltaic paneling on its exterior. Read the rest of The Immortus electric sports car can drive all day using just the power from the sun

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Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars

March 12, 2014 by  
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Most of today’s autonomous cars rely heavily on GPS systems and cameras to drive on the road without intervention from a driver. But Volvo claims that GPS systems and cameras have limitations in certain conditions. As a result, the automaker is currently testing road magnets as a safer and more reliable method to guide self-driving cars down the road. Read the rest of Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous vehicles , car safety , car technology , gps , self driving cars , self-driving car , Sweden , Swedish Transport Administration , volvo , volvo autonomous car        

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hereO Watches for Kids are Equipped with Real-Time Tracking Devices

March 6, 2014 by  
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The world’s tiniest real-time tracking device for the world’s tiny tots,  hereO GPS Watches  will help parents keep tabs on their kids via iOS and Android. Each water-resistant watch is equipped with a smartphone-like GPS that provides parents with the exact location of their child. The watches are durable, perfectly sized for small wrists (about half the size of other wearable-tech gadgets), and they come in an array of bright and bold colors. Though still in beta testing, the watch is up for pre-order with an early bird special that includes six months of service. Head over to Inhabitots to find out more! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: gps for kids , GPS watch , GPS watch for kids , hereO GPS Watches , hereO watch , hereO watches for kids , Inhabitots , real-time tracking device , real-time tracking device for kids , tiniest tracking device , tiny tracking device        

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Sony’s High-Tech Toupee Doubles As GPS and Blood Pressure Monitor

December 8, 2013 by  
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Something very funny is going on in the world of wearable technology. Fast on the heels of Microsoft’s anti-overeating bra comes Sony’s “SmartWig” –a high-tech toupee that’s equipped with a bevy of sensors meant to perform an odd assortment of tasks. The SmartWig includes an onboard GPS for navigating roads, ultrasound transducers that vibrate in response to oncoming obstacles, even an integrated laser pointer and remote to manipulate PowerPoint presentations. Because one of the biggest wishes of those who have lost or are losing their hair is more impressive PowerPoint presentations, right? Click the link to learn more about what Sony’s new gadget can do, and let us know if you think it’s brilliant or a little over the top (pun intended). READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Blood Pressure Monitoring , gps , hair loss solution , hair replacement , smart wig , sony , toupee , wearable technology        

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Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming

August 23, 2013 by  
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Benedikt Groß has used digital printing to map out seed placement for an 11.5 hectacre piece of land in Germany. Operating on the premise that precision farming is the way of the future, and that digital mapping can help promote diversity and therefore reduce incidents of vermin and the amount of pesticide required to keep crops alive, the Royal College of Art graduate used custom software, GPS tracking and the latest farm equipment to map out a field of oats and wildflowers. Read the rest of Benedikt Groß Brings Digital Printing to Precision Farming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:        

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VIDEO: Inhabitat’s Green Renovation for the Comcast Town Contest!

August 23, 2013 by  
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You may (or may not) recall that last year we ran a virtual home makeover design contest with Comcast Town , where the grand prize was a sweet collection of new home entertainment electronics and a green room makeover by yours truly – the editor (and LEED-AP designer) of Inhabitat.com. The lucky winner of the Comcast Town contest was a certain Howard J Dudy (aka Richard), and we headed down to his pad to give him a sweet green home renovation . For anyone who was wondering what happened with this eco renovation, we are thrilled to say we FINALLY have our video of the project all edited down to a nice watchable 5 minutes for your viewing pleasure. Here is our snapshot of the eco-renovation – hope you enjoy! Feel free to leave a comment – we’d love to hear what you think! + Comcast Town + Comcast Town Contest Read the rest of VIDEO: Inhabitat’s Green Renovation for the Comcast Town Contest! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: comcast town contest , eco renovation , green design contest , green home renovation , green renovation , inhabitat design team        

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Fuel-Saving Apps for Your Commute

June 25, 2013 by  
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Take back your commute with these five fuel-saving apps that will help you avoid traffic jams, optimize driving habits and save some cash at the pump. Smart drivers, rejoice! GasTrax Price: $2.99 GasTrax works by utilizing the GPS on your …

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