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Submission + - New app turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

Saeed al-Sahaf writes: UC Berkeley wants your phone to help detect earthquakes. The school has released an Android app, MyShake, that uses your phone's motion sensors to detect the telltale signs of tremors and combine that with the data from every other user. Essentially you become part of a crowdsourced seismic station network. Once enough people are using it and the bugs are worked out, however, UC Berkeley seismologists plan to use the data to warn people miles from ground zero that shaking is rumbling their way. An iPhone app is also planned.

Submission + - Scientists Predict Gulf Dead Zone Due to Flooding (time.com)

Saeed al-Sahaf writes: Researchers from the University of Michigan predict that the largest Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' on record will result from the flooding, forecast to be between 8,500 and 9,421 square miles. The oxygen-starved Gulf dead zone is largely caused by farmland runoff containing fertilizers and livestock waste from as far away as the Corn Belt. In May 2011, 164,000 metric tons of nitrogen were transported to the northern Gulf, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — a 35% climb from average May nitrogen estimates in the last 32 years.

Submission + - Seattle Bans "Bodies" Exibits (nwsource.com)

Saeed al-Sahaf writes: There will be no more commercial cadaver displays in Seattle — unless the deceased or their families have consented. In a unanimous vote, Seattle City Council members voted in favor of legislation which will affect exhibits such as "Bodies" that display preserved human cadavers. Premier Exhibitions, which sponsors the "Bodies" exhibit, says it can't verify where the bodies are from or that the deceased on exhibit consented to such display. On its website, Premier said it obtained its more than 200 bodies from a plastination facility in China, which received them from Chinese medical universities. The universities received them from the Chinese Bureau of Police.

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