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New Device for Detecting Bridge Damage from 30-ft away

Engineers at MIT have developed a new technique for detecting damage in concrete bridges and piers that could increase the safety of aging infrastructure by allowing easier, more frequent, onsite inspections that don’t interfere with traffic or service.

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Drilling Accident Fatality

This is old news, but we just recently became aware of it. On January 17 of 2007, Ezra Gordon, 25 was killed in a drilling accident. Ezra was an employee of Crux Subsurface, Inc. of […]

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Seismic Firms see Business Booming thanks to “Big Oil”

"The age of easy oil is over," Schlumberger Chairman and CEO Andrew Gould said at a recent energy conference in New Orleans. This fact and rising oil prices has led to a dramatic surge in oil exploration, and therefore work for seismic firms. According to Yahoo! news, WesternGeco, Schlumberger’s seismic division has over $1.1 Billion (yep, Billion) in backlog work. (Image by EnviroScan Inc.)

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From Utah: March a “disaster for snowpacks”

Abysmal may be the best description of the spring runoff, with no part of the state retaining more than 50 percent of the typical snowpack for this time of year. For some places, "it’s a new record-low snowpack," said Randy Julander, snow survey supervisor with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service in Salt Lake City. Read on for more info. (Photo by tuchodi)

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Earthquake Kills Coral Reef in Indonesia

Update: Satellite images available for the area. A strong earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Sumatra island two years ago caused one of the biggest coral die-offs ever documented, a study by scientists from two conservation groups […]