Global warming brings wildfire risk to rainy US Northwest
Aug04

Global warming brings wildfire risk to rainy US Northwest

Nestled in the foothills of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, the bustling Seattle suburb of Issaquah seems an unlikely candidate for anxiety over wildfires. The region, famous for its rainfall, has long escaped major burns even as global warming has driven an increase in the size and number of wildfires elsewhere in the American West. But according to experts, previously too-wet-to-burn parts of the Pacific Northwest face an...

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Hospitals in California question 2030 earthquake standards
Aug04

Hospitals in California question 2030 earthquake standards

A Southern California hospital spent $72 million on a building designed to do two things after an earthquake: stay standing and stay open. But when a pair of strong earthquakes struck the region last month, the hospital couldn’t use it. Structurally, the building was OK. But some broken pipes flooded a room of mechanical and electrical equipment, and water leaked into operating rooms and elevator shafts. The hospital in...

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A bird? A plane? French inventor flies over English Channel
Aug04

A bird? A plane? French inventor flies over English Channel

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a French inventor flying over the English Channel on his hoverboard. Looking like a superhero, Franky Zapata successfully completed the famed 35-kilometer (22-mile) journey in just 22 minutes Sunday morning, reaching speeds of up to 177 kilometers per hour (110 mph) on the hoverboard that has made him a household name in France. Propelled by a power pack full of kerosene, Zapata set off from...

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