Science Friday: New Zeeland 7.8 Earthquake may have been two Earthquakes | Brain implant allows paralyzed ALS patient to operate speech computer with her mind

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The powerful earthquake that struck New Zealand was unusual in that a big event on one fault may have immediately triggered a big event on a second fault, experts said on Monday.

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 pummeled central New Zealand at 12.02 a.m., killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks.

“When an earthquake occurs you are changing the stress field immediately, and if there was one fault that was pretty close to breaking, the energy from an earthquake can just tip it over the edge so that may have been what happened today,” Adam Pascale, head of Australia’s Seismology Research Centre, told Reuters.

New Zealand’s GNS Science agency principal scientist Kelvin Barrowman told Radio New Zealand: “It seems like the earthquake was more like two earthquakes, but very closely spaced in time.”

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https://ca.news.yahoo.com/double-tectonic-shifts-may-teamed-zealand-quake-experts-101306097.html


Paralyzed ALS patient operates speech computer with her mind

Date:
November 14, 2016
Source:
UMC Utrecht
Summary:
A brain implant has been placed in a patient enabling her to operate a speech computer with her mind. The researchers and the patient worked intensively to get the settings right. She can now communicate at home with her family and caregivers via the implant. That a patient can use this technique at home is unique in the world.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161114112955.htm

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