Scientists convicted of manslaughter for failing to be psychic

Words cannot begin to express how upset, angry, and filled with contempt I am by this:Italian scientists resign over L’Aquila quake verdicts Two scientists resigned their posts with the government’s disaster preparedness agency Tuesday after a court in L’Aquila sentenced six scientists and a government official to six years in prison. The court ruled Monday ...

The Sendai Earthquake 1

I haven’t had anything to say about the Sendai earthquake; it has quite literally left me speechless with horror, and pain, and agonizing worry. I know and care about people who live there. I’ve been to Japan twice, myself, and hope to travel there many more times in the future. There is something more personally ...

Italy in Geological News

First a volcano-related item: How did the victims of the Plinean Eruption of Vesuvius die – a summary from io9, of an article assessing how the victims of the Vesuvius eruption died. It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with how freaking scary pyroclastic flows are that they died from being flash-cooked by ...

Earthquake Q&A

There’s a Q&A in the Washington Post with Dr. Michael Blanpied, who is a geophysicist with the USGS earthquake hazards program. He answered all of the questions really well, I think, which covered some things I’ve been hearing a lot lately – mostly about animals predicting earthquakes (answer: not really) and if earthquakes have been ...

It must be disappointing the tsunami didn’t kill thousands. 3

I had a very, very busy weekend, plus I don’t actually have broadcast or cable television in my house – Mike and I survive quite well with just an Xbox 360 and Netflix. So thankfully, I missed out on most of the burning stupid that characterized the coverage of the post-Chile quake tsunami. I think ...

Return of DeathCat 2

Doctor casts new light on cat that can predict death. Oy. For the most part, it sounds like the doctor is trying to focus on the comfort that the cat can provide terminal patients. Which is good. I’m a big believer in the wonders of a fluffy, purring, shredding machine. But this? When Oscar was ...

USNS Comfort goes to Haiti

I checked this morning and was relieved to see that the Comfort has been ordered to Haiti and is expected to arrive on the 20th or 21st. I just wish that it could get there sooner. If you haven’t heard of the Comfort before, here’s some information, courtesy of Wikipedia. Probably because I’ve been in ...

Thoughts on Haiti

The tragedy caused by the earthquake (a pretty shallow one, at about 13km depth per the USGS tracker) is just breaking my heart, over and over again. I’ve already donated some money to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, and I’m hoping to make a second donation after taking a look at our financial ...