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Chikungunya in the U.S.
Monday, 30 June 2014 10:00

The CDC is reporting that chikungunya cases in the United States have doubled, following an outbreak in the Caribbean. The U.S. cases are mostly a result of travellers passing through the region and returning with the disease, although officials acknowledge the potential for locally borne cases.

Chikungunya is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes.  It causes fever and joint pain; infant and elderly populations are the most at-risk.

Redditgifts Apocalypse Exchange
Friday, 27 June 2014 10:00

Reddit is a news website that bills itself as “the front page of the internet.” Redditgifts is their commercial store. Redditgifts also hosts themed Secret Santa style exchanges; the idea is to purchase something following the theme for your giftee (and hope you get something great from your gifter).

One of the current themes is the redditgift’s Apocalypse Exchange 2014! The end of the world seems like it could manifest some great gifts, so we’re definitely signing up!

Volcano World Cup
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:13

Eruptions, the Wired Science blog dealing with all things volcanic, is holding a mock Volcano World Cup. Erik Klemetti is taking all the countries competing in the real World Cup and evaluating their potential for volcanic activity. You can check out all the groups here.

Buildings Moving During Earthquakes
Friday, 20 June 2014 15:33

The Trembling Earth blog posted a fantastic collection of buildings moving during earthquakes. The videos show a clear delineation between buildings constructed in areas that have strict earthquake building codes and those that don’t.

Hurricanes: The Top 10 At-Risk Places in the U.S.
Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:50

The places in the United States that are most vulnerable to hurricanes may not be where you think. Hurricane vulnerability is a combination of geography (places that are susceptible to the frequency and intensity of storms), as well as several social vulnerability demographics like poverty and age.

Here are the top ten most vulnerable counties in the U.S.:

  • Desoto, Fla.
  • Houston (County), Texas
  • Polk, Texas
  • Issaquena, Miss.
  • Highlands, Fla.
  • Avoyelles, La.
  • Walker, Texas
  • WIlkinson, Miss.
  • Glades, Fla.
  • Kemper, Miss.
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