gadget junkie writes: "Geological fault lines are well known, and Italy has a long story of big and small earthquakes, so predicting where an earthquake il likely to happen is not hard. But here, as elsewhere, predicting "when" has proven impossible....or has it? not accoording to the worthy Italian magistrates who have indicted the whole Big Risks Commission, which is a mixed scientific and administrative board, for wrongful death and injury in relation with the april 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, for not having predicted it."
gadget junkie writes: "Cloaking technology has been around for some time, but today's article in the Wall Street journal makes it mainstream: cloaking, be it in the visual or in the RF spectrum, is not only possible but under advanced research and development. For a Sci-fi buff like me, this opens lots of interesting speculations. For many a decade, past war practices and technologies were "ported" into science fiction: uncountable sci-fi classic books draw on naval wars. This time, it could be the other way around. Shall the Pentagon hire sci-fi buffs as strategists as a consequence?"