Will Hurricane Sandy's impact be felt in the November elections? Research shows that incumbent parties tend to not do well in states that face extreme weather. A 2004 Vanderbilt study revealed that Al Gore lost a whopping 2.8 million votes in states that received excessive rain (or drought). So yes, Hurricane Sandy could affect President Obama's chances at the polls. But while Obama can't control the weather, he can control how deftly he responds to it which, in turn, could sway voters in his favor.
New York City may be on the cutting edge of cuisine and fashion, but in nerdier pursuits like cartography, NYC has unfortunately fallen behind -- like, 30 years behind. But a twin-engine airplane fitted with LIDAR scanners has lately been gathering data that will close the city's map gap, creating extremely detailed digital maps of the city that will lead to better land management, inform emergency protocols, and help identify the best places to install solar panels across the five boroughs.
Earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones -- disasters like these make the natural environment both unnavigable and dangerous for human search-and-rescue teams. That's when it's time for robots to come to our rescue.
Earthquakes are a recurring problem in Japan, an archipelago that rests on four tectonic plates. Japan also happens to be a hotbed of robotics research, so the two have come together in surprising ways.
FEMA is urged to move residents after reports that their trailers have dangerously high levels of formaldehyde—but the news is nothing new
By Abby Seiff
Posted 02.14.2008 at 6:07 pm 2 Comments
As the third Spring since hurricane Katrina approaches, officials at the Centers for Disease Control today urged FEMA to move the 114,000 people who still live in "temporary" travel trailers as quickly as possible. The problem? Dangerously high levels of formaldehyde—a known carcinogen and respiratory irritant—which will only increase as the heat takes its toll on unstable building materials.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.