Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne are working on a project called SMAVNET, for “Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network,” to develop small flying robots that can be deployed in disaster areas to create communication networks. They say their network of swarming micro-drones is the largest of its kind.
Southern Californians may be living on borrowed time. At least two sections of the notorious San Andreas Fault, a hotbed of tectonic tension, are apparently overdue for a huge earthquake that could devastate Los Angeles County or San Francisco. Though they can neither prevent nor pinpoint it, scientists would like to get as much information as they can as to where and when the next "Big One" could happen. Increasingly, they're turning to air and space to learn what's happening 10 miles underground.
A new radar plane developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the first American system designed to map earthquake hot zones.