Aftershocks in Chile

Since the magnitude 8.2 megaquake, Chile has been rocked by 74 aftershocks of at least 2.5, and that number is growing. The strongest, a 7.6 just before midnight last night, is larger than any earthquake felt in the contiguous United States since San Francisco burned in 1906. » 4/03/14 9:13pm 4/03/14 9:13pm

Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead Landslide in Washington

On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn't make it easy. » 3/26/14 1:59pm 3/26/14 1:59pm

How the Boston Marathon tragedy revealed the best side of social media

Within seconds after a bomb detonated during the Boston Marathon this morning, pictures, video and news of the horrific event were pulsing over social networks. And they weren't exaggerations or FUD — these reports from people on the ground were the way most of us learned the truth. » 4/15/13 2:38pm 4/15/13 2:38pm

Holy crap, this year's flu season is shaping up to be downright…

The CDC has just released its latest update on influenza activity in the United States, and the picture it paints is not pretty. First things first: GET VACCINATED. You're over six months old? Get vaccinated. Someone you interact with on a regular basis is at high risk of flu complications (i.e. young, old, pregnant,… » 1/11/13 8:30am 1/11/13 8:30am

Colorado shooter allegedly modeled himself after the Joker

Just when you thought this couldn't get more horrifying and appalling. James Holmes, the 24-year-old shooter currently in custody for killing 12 people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, allegedly modeled himself after the Batman villain, the Joker. ABC News has confirmed this information… » 7/20/12 1:58pm 7/20/12 1:58pm

Star Wars and Marvel both launching tabletop games next year


At this year's GenCon, the big announcements on the floor were that two major franchises had just found new homes as tabletop games: Fantasy Flight Games scored a wide-ranging license for Star Wars products, and Margaret Weis Productions will be making a Marvel RPG. I got a chance to swing by both their booths, and… » 8/08/11 11:56am 8/08/11 11:56am