Japan Earthquake Anniversary

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the country of Japan. This earthquake then caused a tsunami to strike the nation. While these two events caused severe damage, it could have been worse. Pictures from the earthquake in Haiti appeared worse due to the lack of protections put in place. Building codes and early warning systems case save lives but they do come at a cost which is why poorer nations don't have them.

Japan has a system in place that can sense the initial waves of an earthquake and alert people to the event. It acts like a weather radio but for seismic activity. If you are too close to the epicenter then you may not have time to be warned.

The following video shows the actual earthquake and the person being alerted prior to the shaking.
It was uploaded by youtube.com user IRBMW but they may not be the original poster.


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Live Scribe Pen

I have been working with the Livescribe Pen this semester to help students better understand how to work out problems in chemistry. The pen records your voice while you work out problems. I have worked out some of the kinks and am now able to add a watermark to my document so diagrams and charts now appear. I am attaching a sample document. You must open it up with Adobe Reader or Acrobat.
Download file "Aspirin Unit Review Key.pdf"

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What I wish I was doing over intersession.

I haven't been snowboarding for a couple years so I needed a good background image for my computer.

Photo By: VancityAllie
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30691679@N07/3467745200/

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Science Blog Website

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http://nstacommunities.org/blog/

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Everything Science Related

Cool Science Related Websites to come....

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