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Article ID: 697665

#RPI Geophysics Expert Steven Roecker Available to Discuss Research Showing Diamonds Are Far More Prevalent Within the Earth

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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19-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 696752

New Simulations Break Down Potential Impact of a Major Quake by Building Location and Size

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A team from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, both U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national labs, is leveraging powerful supercomputers to portray the impact of high-frequency ground motion on thousands of representative different-sized buildings spread out across the California region.

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28-Jun-2018 10:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 696708

Rough Terrain? No Problem for Beaver-Inspired Autonomous Robot

University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo researchers are using stigmergy, a biological phenomenon that has been used to explain everything from the behavior of termites and beavers to the popularity of Wikipedia, to build new problem-solving autonomous robots.

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27-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 696087

Rensselaer Researchers Awarded Top Geotechnical Journal Paper Award

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

For the second year in a row, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earthquake engineering experts Ricardo Dobry and Tarek Abdoun have been selected by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to receive the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award.

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13-Jun-2018 3:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 694152

Geoscientists Suggest ‘Snowball Earth’ Resulted from Plate Tectonics

University of Texas at Dallas

In a new study published in the April issue of the journal Terra Nova, geologists at The University of Texas at Dallas and UT Austin suggest that episodes of global cooling that geologists refer to as “Snowball Earth” can be linked to the advent of plate tectonics.

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7-May-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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    4-May-2018 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 693970

Building With Bottles

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Powerful hurricanes and earthquakes have wreaked havoc in the United States and around the world in recent years, often leaving people stranded for months and even years without access to water, food, and shelter. A unique collaborative project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks to provide a sustainable solution, while also considering the environment.

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3-May-2018 12:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 693184

California's Next Major Earthquake Could Cause $100 Billion in Losses, Strand 20,000 in Elevators

University of Colorado Boulder

Northern California's next big earthquake could kill 800 people and cause more than $100 billion in economic losses. One in four buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area could be unsafe to re-enter after a major earthquake or would be otherwise limited in their usability.

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19-Apr-2018 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 691244

Professor Discovers Answers About Seismic Shifts Deep in the Earth

New Mexico State University (NMSU)

The largest and most-devastating earthquakes and volcano eruptions occur where one tectonic plate is shifted underneath another one. A New Mexico State University researcher authored a paper published recently in “Nature Communications” that looks at the so-called subduction zones where the plates become “slabs” and sink into the Earth's mantle.

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15-Mar-2018 6:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 691226

Garnet Reveals Source of Water to Fuel Powerful Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

By applying a new spectroscopy technique to garnet containing fragments of quartz, metamorphic petrologist Frank Spear of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute thinks he’s found the source of water that fuels earthquakes in volcanoes in subduction zones.

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15-Mar-2018 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 689010

Hayward Fault Earthquake Simulations Increase Fidelity of Ground Motions

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

In the next 30 years, there is a one-in-three chance that the Hayward fault will rupture with a 6.7 magnitude or higher earthquake, according to the United States Geologic Survey (USGS). Such an earthquake will cause widespread damage to structures, transportation and utilities, as well as economic and social disruption in the East Bay.

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8-Feb-2018 5:05 AM EST
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