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Earth

+ - Quakes deadlier because of climate change?->

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willyhill
willyhill writes "CBS new is reporting that scientists believe earthquakes are becoming more and more deadly because of global warming, in the sense that the seismic energy being released by the temblors seems to be increasing. Apparently they analyzed data on more than 386,000 earthquakes between 1973 and 2007 and concluded that the global annual energy of earthquakes on Earth has been increasing since 1990.

In a nutshell, the article seems to imply that the planet is absorbing more solar energy (almost a megawatt per square kilometer!) than it radiates back, and this is causing a thermal imbalance which in turn accelerates or triggers tectonic activity. But it seems unclear how they measure the deadliness of a quake. Are more people dying because the earthquakes are more intense, or because larger numbers of people tend to live in the areas affected by them?"

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Books

+ - Decent book clubs for SciFi nuts? 2

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willyhill
willyhill writes "I'm a SciFi and Fantasy book nut, but in the last few years I've found it more and more difficult to find the time to read. Contrary to what most people would think, I actually have a hard time finding books, rather than cuddling up with them. In reality, I don't have time to dick around at my local Barnes & Noble and browse books, and I find it dicey and expensive to do the same at Amazon or other online retailers.

I was looking at a magazine the other day and I found an advert for the Science Fiction Book Club . While my experience with CD clubs and the like in the past has not been entirely positive, I was prepared to give it a shot given the fact that it would be less expensive than Amazon in the long run. The problem was that their selection is not exactly grand. Having read the Simmons Hyperion Cantos for example, I was ready to give Ilium a go, but I could only find its sequel.

How do other Slashdot readers get their hands on SciFi books? I tried Googling for book clubs and the like but there's too much static out there, mostly caused by Oprah. Any suggestions would be appreciated!"

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