A swarm of earthquakes rattles central California

July 19, 2016 by  
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A series of small earthquakes rattled central California , beginning Sunday evening and continuing into Monday, but the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says there is no cause for alarm. The phenomenon, called an earthquake swarm, is actually fairly common in regions with a high level of geological activity (such as California). Despite the number of quakes—18 or more within a day’s time—the strongest registered a magnitude 3.7, which is not very strong as earthquakes go and no significant damage has been reported. With a sharp increase in earthquake activity, one might wonder whether bigger quakes are on the way. But USGS reports that swarms like this have not been connected to larger earthquakes occurring in the same region. The agency’s definition of an earthquake swarm, or seismic swarm , is actually fairly loose, referring simply to a cluster of small quakes happening in one area with no requirement for a set time period. The quakes don’t even have to occur along the same fault line to be considered part of the swarm. Related: Chance of California megaquake within next three decades increases The earthquake swarm in California may already be over, or additional tremors may still be on the horizon, but it’s unlikely they will lead to anything more substantial. Yellowstone National Park has seen a number of earthquake swarms over the years, with the largest happening in 2004, 2009, and 2010. That most recent swarm included more than 2,000 quakes over the course of a month. Although several registered a magnitude over 3.0, the swarm didn’t lead to any type of larger earthquake or other catastrophic event. Via Gizmodo Images via Shutterstock and  USGS

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Renovated Siemens Headquarters in Munich now consumes 90% less energy and 75% less water

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The building comprises a single volume with four rectangular courtyards and a publicly accessible ground floor that provides a new pedestrian connection between downtown Munich and the museum district. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a smart spatial organization allow employees to have visual connection to their colleagues throughout the building, while various open areas act as meeting spaces where people can collaborate across departments. Related: Hufton + Crow capture Denmark’s beautiful grass-covered Moesgaard Museum in new photos Thanks to a holistic approach to sustainable design, the new building consumes 90% less electricity and uses 75% less water than its predecessor. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems can be adjusted by employees, and thanks to the company’s smart building technology, data from 30,000 data points allow for a comprehensive insight into the daily energy performance of the building. + Henning Larsen Architects Via World Architecture News Photos by Hufton + Crow

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Parkcycle Swarm’s Mobile Pop-Up Parks are Powered by Bicycles

August 23, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Parkcycle Swarm’s Mobile Pop-Up Parks are Powered by Bicycles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Azerbaijan , Baku Public Art Festival , bicycle powered park , eco design , green design , N55 , Parkcycle Swarm , pop up park , Rebar Group , sustainable design , YARAT Contemporary Art Organization        

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INTERVIEW: Eric Mandu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

August 23, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Eric Mandu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Steel , aquaponics , biomimicry , education , Environment , environmental science , fish , Interviews , Kijani Grows , oxygen , plants , schools , symbiosis , Urban Farming , West Oakland        

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250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

August 23, 2013 by  
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Chinese company Trina Solar will supply 1.1 million 250-watt solar panels for a 250-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Nevada . When the project is completed, it will be one of the biggest solar photovoltaic power plants in the world. The project, located in the desert town of Boulder City about 20 miles from Las Vegas,  is the third expansion of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Copper Mountain Project . When the project is completed in 2015 the total solar capacity will be up to 458 MW. Read the rest of 250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chinese solar , nevada , solar farm , solar panels , Trina Solar        

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Flying Disaster Relief Robots Create Communication Networks

September 28, 2010 by  
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While they may resemble a fleet of space invaders, these flying robots are actually designed to aid in disaster relief. Developed by the EPFL School of Engineering , the Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network (SMAVNET) is a group of flying robots that can be deployed during a disaster to create a communication network for rescuers

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