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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sunspots 362

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Humor: (or advertisement, or something) A company in Germany built a barrel organ that plays Star Wars music, out of Legos, as part of a promotion for the latest Star Wars movie release.

Science: How human activity is causing earthquakes in the US, reported by National Public Radio.

The Arts: 60 Minutes, the CBS News program, gives an uplifting video report on the world's only all-black orchestra. (Warning -- some commercials are included.)

Computing: Gizmo's freeware has some tips for searching for files on your Windows 7 or Vista computer.

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alibertytosay said...

While I don't doubt the premise of the "drilling and mining of fossil fuels" may be causing seismic activity … it appears as if the "study" started with "Fossil Fuel Mining Is Causing Earthquakes."

It doesn't appear this was a conclusion deduced, rather a pre-supposed thesis.

Martin LaBar said...

I don't follow you here, atlibertytosay. The report says that the study started with observations of increased earthquake activity, and then found a possible cause, and it wasn't just fossil fuel mining, but wastewater disposal, that seemed to be causing the earthquakes.


atlibertytosay said...

How I read it … it seems they wanted to make the link between man and seismic activity … so they only took their research from that angle.

Martin LaBar said...

Maybe, atlibertytosay, but I just read it again, and the report says, as I read it, that the researchers noticed more earthquakes than usual, and then started looking for a cause.