Japan's Mt. Fuji Volcano In A "Critical State"

In March 2011, the most violent earthquake in Japan's recorded history shuddered through that country's bedrock. The greatest geological disturbance, however, was recorded not at the quake's epicenter in Tohoku, but the earth beneath Mount Fuji, indicating the active volcano is now likely in what researchers call a… » 7/16/14 8:35am 7/16/14 8:35am

You Can't Blame Fracking for Every Natural Disaster

I'm seeing a lot of stories about the link between injection wells and induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, but most of them make the same error. This study had nothing to do with fracking. The injection wells in Oklahoma causing the swarms of small-magnitude earthquakes are actually used for getting rid of wastewater. » 7/08/14 11:45am 7/08/14 11:45am

Helium-3 Shortage Threatens Our Ability To Detect Radioactive Bombs

Most news stories about Helium-3 discuss its potential as a future energy source, due to its abundance on the Moon's surface. But, here on Earth, it's a rare substance that's getting rarer. And that worries the Pentagon, which uses Helium-3 as a key ingredient in equipment to detect nuclear smuggling. » 6/04/14 11:50am 6/04/14 11:50am