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PhD student Anne Sanquini studies how to motivate people to take precautionary action to protect their homes and schools against earthquakes.  Her work led her to Kathmandu Valley, Nepal where she was on the ground for the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, the very quake she had been preparing for.

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Ancient asteroid impacts boiled Earth's oceans for a whole year

A new study by Don Lowe suggests that Earth's oceans boiled for whole year when two asteroids measuring 30 and 60 miles across hit the Earth about 3.29 and 3.23 billion years ago.

New federal rules on hydraulic fracturing a good start

Hydraulic fracturing has unleashed massive new supplies of natural gas, as well as anxiety about contaminated drinking water and earthquakes.

Fracking chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water

Rob Jackson says the integrity of wells is the key to safeguarding water quality, and that reports of fracking chemicals found in drinking water is usually due to poor cementing or other problems with well casings.

The future of Searsville Dam

A Stanford committee that included Chris Field and Pam Matson recommends that the university develop and evaluate two alternative ways to achieve fish passage at Searsville Dam.