An Unquenchable Force | Tsunamis

While writing this article, my father sent me a chilling text message saying a 9.0-magnitude earthquake (according to the US Geological Survey) had just hit the Pacific Ocean near Northeastern Japan on March 11. Tsunami alerts were promptly sounded in 50 countries from Alaska to South America. However, nothing could adequately brace the people of…

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A Torrent from Hell

Tokyo will probably not forget 1923 in a hurry. The Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo was shaken to its foundation by a violent Great Kanto earthquake which ignited a large firestorm and produced a mammoth fire tornado that killed 38,000 people in just 15 minutes. That deadly statistic clearly casts no doubt on how dangerous fire…

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Experiments in 3D

The other day, after years of working with 3D images, I was surprised by a very basic phenomenon related to anaglyph images. I was walking through the ‘New Perspective on Mars’ exhibition with my red-and-blue glasses on, in search of a picture where adding the 3rd dimension to a flat image really makes a difference.…

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Heart and Gut

Written by A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore The heart is a vital organ in our body, serving as a mechanical pump to circulate blood to all body parts.  It is also like an exchange depot for oxygenated and deoxygenated blood circulation to and from the lungs, without mixing the flows.  The…

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