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Want protection from a tsunami? Build parks, researchers say

May 5th, 2020

Researchers tested tsunami protection “parks” that consist of rolling hills in place of concrete sea walls to see if the alternative is feasible. In simulations, hills of earth protected at least as well as large concrete sea walls. Depending on the circumstances, these green areas could serve as parks for coastal residents while still offering …

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Insane dust storms have killed over 100 people in India in just the last day

May 3rd, 2018

Incredibly intense dust storms rolled across highly populated regions of India on Wednesday, causing incredible damage and loss of life. The region is accustomed to dealing with dust storms that are kicked up during the summer months, but the intensity of this particular weather system seems to have caught many off-guard, with tragic results. According …

Foxconn explosion could cut 500,000 iPads from production

May 24th, 2011

According to a new report from IHS iSuppli on Tuesday, the recent explosion at a Foxconn factory could result in iPad 2 production losses for Apple. Despite reassurances from the manufacturer that production will not be affected — most iPad 2 units are built at Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant, which was not the site of the …

Google Translate for Android updated in wake of Japan crisis

March 18th, 2011

In the wake of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Google has issued an experimental version of its Translate application for Android. “Download this experimental version of Google Translate for Android to translate text automatically between Japanese and over 50 other languages,” writes Google. “You can also use Conversation Mode for speech-to-speech translation between English, Spanish …

iPad 2 and iPhone 4 shortages expected in wake of Japan earthquake, tsunami

March 17th, 2011

Two of Apple’s component suppliers, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co and Toshiba, have reportedly shut down some of their operations in Japan in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, this could result in shortages of Apple’s iPad 2 and iPhone 4 in March, through the rest …