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As the 23 Apr. Newsweek article, “Elite Mexican Earthquake Rescue Team Develops Survival Device,” by Karla Zabludovsky notes, the “Topos Good-Luck Charm” (or amulet) provides portable technology to increase the survival chances for earthquake victims.
I’m thinking this could also work for victims of landslides, like the one in Washington State, though I’m not sure if the “a metallic plate that reflects sonar frequencies back to search and rescue teams” would work through such dense earth. It might also have uses for folks living in tornado alley.
Did you know? According to the article, and to the Mexican earthquake rescue team “Brigada de rescate Topos Tlatelolco,” which developed the device, having a flashlight in an emergency such as a strong earthquake increases your survival time five-fold. So, if you’re in a disaster-prone area, it’s a good idea to go out and buy a few extra flashlights to keep around the house.
Oh, and check out their cell phone app!
Beautiful marine species, beautifully captured. But each is at risk of extinction, according to the Treehugger slide show, “10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification.” According to author David DeFranza, “Adding carbon to the atmosphere contributes to global warming and climate change. Another less-discussed impact is ocean acidification — whereby carbon molecules diffuse into the ocean from the atmosphere, causing a steady rise in acidity.”
What can we do to make a difference? Check out this U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Ocean Acidification Program article, aptly titled “What Can We do about Ocean Acidification?“
A while back, my brother owned a used bookstore called Applegarth Books. It’s closed now. When it was first starting up, I built a small website for it, and used the following two clip-art images. I’m posting them here because, well, I think they’re pretty neato… I just wish I could cite the artist and original source. Anyone?