disasters

Simulations

Computational Models Suggest Heroism Is Suboptimal for Saving Lives in an Emergency

Maybe George Costanza was right.
Michael Byrne
6.25.17
Canada

A Diesel Spill Is Putting the World's Largest Temperate Rainforest at Risk

A report from Bella Bella B.C., where the crash of the Nathan E. Stewart has contaminated the Heiltsuk First Nation’s waters and land.
Kyle Artelle
10.31.16
disasters

Hold Onto Your Butts! It's World Earthquake Drill Day

Here's all the earthquake news you might've missed this year.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
10.20.16
Apple

Wireless Emergency Alerts of the Future Will Support Clickable Links

The current alerts, used for things like weather emergencies and Amber Alerts, only support text.
David Bixenspan
9.29.16
earth

This ‘Firenado’ In a California Wildfire Looks Like Hell on Earth

An unusual phenomenon that accompanies deadly wildfires.
Steve Huff
6.19.16
After the Big One

The Most Devastating Quake In US History Is Headed for Portland

The chances of a 9.0 earthquake slamming the Pacific Northwest are disturbingly high. Introducing a novel way to engage the threat: reported science fiction.
Adam Rothstein
3.3.16
Features

The Strangest, Most Spectacular Bridge Collapse (And How We Got It Wrong)

How a textbook example of an engineering failure—and the famous video that captured it—got twisted.
ALEX PASTERNACK
12.14.15
News

Is the Leap Second Good or Bad? We Have Until 2023 to Find Out

A decision to abolish the leap second has been delayed so that potential effects of its elimination can be studied.
Kari Paul
11.19.15
Photos

'Shark Swims Down a Flooded Street' Is a Viral Hoax That Won't Die

It's still fake.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.5.15
California

Forest Managers: We're Just Making Wildfires Worse

Ninety-eight percent of wildfires are extinguished as soon as possible. That's bad.
Michael Byrne
9.17.15
earth

The Exxon Valdez Spill Is Still Making Fish Suffer 26 Years Later

“In terms of impacts to shore-spawning fish, the oil spill likely had a much bigger footprint than anyone realized."
Becky Ferreira
9.8.15
Obama

The Current Pacific-Northwest Wildfire Map is Fucking Terrifying

And it only keeps getting worse.
Michael Byrne
8.22.15
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