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Disaster Response
Volcano Eruption in Galapagos Could Lead to Warning System
Volcano Eruption in Galapagos
Disaster Response
Volcano Eruption in Galapagos Could Lead to Warning System
Scientists used seismic monitors to record motion data of a volcano eruption, which could be used to understand early warning signals for a pending eruption.
March 6, 2021

Scientists used seismic monitors to record motion data of a volcano eruption, which could be used to understand early warning signals for a pending eruption.

Disaster Response
Heads Up Display Lets Firefighters See Through Smoke
heads up display
Disaster Response
Heads Up Display Lets Firefighters See Through Smoke
Qwake Technologies’ C-Thru is a heads up display that combines AI, augmented reality, and thermal imaging to help firefighters battle blazes.
December 9, 2020

Qwake Technologies’ C-Thru is a heads up display that combines AI, augmented reality, and thermal imaging to help firefighters battle blazes.

Volcanoes
Dropping Drones into Volcanoes Can Help Us Predict Eruptions
predict volcanic eruptions
Volcanoes
Dropping Drones into Volcanoes Can Help Us Predict Eruptions
The ratio of sulphur to carbon dioxide being released can be an indicator of imminent volcanic eruptions. Researchers are using drones to gather that data.
November 8, 2020

The ratio of sulphur to carbon dioxide being released can be an indicator of imminent volcanic eruptions. Researchers are using drones to gather that data.

Robotics
Firefighting Robot Helps Battle Blaze in Los Angeles
Firefighting Robot
Robotics
Firefighting Robot Helps Battle Blaze in Los Angeles
The U.S.’s first firefighting robot helped keep LAFD firefighters safe while they battled a blaze in downtown Los Angeles.
October 23, 2020

The U.S.’s first firefighting robot helped keep LAFD firefighters safe while they battled a blaze in downtown Los Angeles.

Disaster Response
Getting Disaster Relief To the People Who Need It Most
Disaster Relief
Disaster Response
Getting Disaster Relief To the People Who Need It Most
Delphi analyzes property damage and poverty levels to identify the people most in need of disaster relief, helping organizations maximize their impact.
October 6, 2020

Delphi analyzes property damage and poverty levels to identify the people most in need of disaster relief, helping organizations maximize their impact.

Disaster Response
Starlink Satellites Bring Internet to Wildfire-Ravaged State
Starlink satellites
Disaster Response
Starlink Satellites Bring Internet to Wildfire-Ravaged State
SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are providing residents and emergency responders affected by Washington wildfires with access to reliable internet.
October 1, 2020

SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are providing residents and emergency responders affected by Washington wildfires with access to reliable internet.

Disaster Response
Firefighting Satellites Help Track Wildfires in California
Track Wildfires
Disaster Response
Firefighting Satellites Help Track Wildfires in California
High-tech instruments on satellites are helping emergency responders and members of the public track wildfires in California.
September 12, 2020

High-tech instruments on satellites are helping emergency responders and members of the public track wildfires in California.

Hurricanes
Could a Norwegian “Hurricane Net” Stop Storms by Cooling the Sea?
hurricane net
Hurricanes
Could a Norwegian “Hurricane Net” Stop Storms by Cooling the Sea?
Norwegian company OceanTherm uses bubble nets to keep ice out of fjords. Could a hurricane net weaken the storms?
September 3, 2020

Norwegian company OceanTherm uses bubble nets to keep ice out of fjords. Could a hurricane net weaken the storms?

Computer Science
Is It Possible to Predict the Next Black Swan Event?
black swan event
Computer Science
Is It Possible to Predict the Next Black Swan Event?
Extremely rare but massively disruptive, no one sees a black swan event coming. But researchers are building a method that may change that.
August 14, 2020

Extremely rare but massively disruptive, no one sees a black swan event coming. But researchers are building a method that may change that.

Disaster Response
Google Wants To Make The World’s Largest Earthquake Detector
earthquake detector
Disaster Response
Google Wants To Make The World’s Largest Earthquake Detector
Google wants to create the world’s largest earthquake detector by using the accelerometers of Android phones and city-level location data.
August 13, 2020

Google wants to create the world’s largest earthquake detector by using the accelerometers of Android phones and city-level location data.

Wildfires
This Model May Help Predict Wildfires
predict wildfires
Wildfires
This Model May Help Predict Wildfires
Wildfires need dry fuel to thrive. Researchers at Stanford are working on an AI model to measure dryness to help predict, and control, the blaze.
June 12, 2020

Wildfires need dry fuel to thrive. Researchers at Stanford are working on an AI model to measure dryness to help predict, and control, the blaze.

Disaster Response
A New Way to Find People Lost at Sea
search and rescue
Disaster Response
A New Way to Find People Lost at Sea
In a search and rescue mission at sea, time is of the essence. A new model may make missions faster — and save lives.
June 6, 2020

In a search and rescue mission at sea, time is of the essence. A new model may make missions faster — and save lives.

Emergency Response
Real-Time Data Can Save Lives in a Disaster
emergency response
Emergency Response
Real-Time Data Can Save Lives in a Disaster
Researchers are working on new algorithms that could provide emergency response managers with real-time data to save more lives.
April 20, 2020

Researchers are working on new algorithms that could provide emergency response managers with real-time data to save more lives.

Pandemic Preparedness
Learning from Disaster: An Interview with Bryan Walsh
Bryan Walsh Interview
Pandemic Preparedness
Learning from Disaster: An Interview with Bryan Walsh
Human history is dotted with pandemics. We spoke with "End Times" author Bryan Walsh on how we can learn from them for the future.
April 12, 2020

Human history is dotted with pandemics. We spoke with "End Times" author Bryan Walsh on how we can learn from them for the future.

Medical Innovation
Ford Revs Up Production of Coronavirus Ventilators
coronavirus ventilators
Medical Innovation
Ford Revs Up Production of Coronavirus Ventilators
Ford has promised to deliver 50,000 ventilators in 100 days. Here's how they can do it.
By Alex Cardinale
April 11, 2020

Ford has promised to deliver 50,000 ventilators in 100 days. Here's how they can do it.

Public Health
Converting Shipping Containers Into ICUs for Coronavirus Patients
ICUs for Coronavirus Patients
Public Health
Converting Shipping Containers Into ICUs for Coronavirus Patients
The CURA project aims to address the shortage of room in ICUs for coronavirus patients by creating new units out of shipping containers.
April 10, 2020

The CURA project aims to address the shortage of room in ICUs for coronavirus patients by creating new units out of shipping containers.

Catalysts
Nonprofits Innovating in the Face of COVID-19
Nonprofits Innovating in the Face of COVID-19
Catalysts
Nonprofits Innovating in the Face of COVID-19
Wondering how you can help during the coronavirus? Here are five organizations that need your support, and how your donation could be doubled.
April 4, 2020

Wondering how you can help during the coronavirus? Here are five organizations that need your support, and how your donation could be doubled.

Future of Medicine
Will These Lab-Made Viruses Prevent a Pandemic?
gain of function mutation
Future of Medicine
Will These Lab-Made Viruses Prevent a Pandemic?
Previously blacklisted gain-of-function mutation experiments are back, and they’re being used to fight the next major pandemic.
March 28, 2020

Previously blacklisted gain-of-function mutation experiments are back, and they’re being used to fight the next major pandemic.