The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

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How Landslides Work

Landslides are a form of mass movement of the Earth, and with the amount of death and destruction they wreak on the people and towns they cover, their toll can be massive. Learn all about landslides in this episode with Josh and Chuck.

HSW's founder Marshall Brain has a rundown of videos of the disaster that is Japan's North Coast right now, showing how the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, ensuing tsunami and the potential nuclear meltdown are affecting humans.

Greetings, people of Earth. As I sit here with my cat on lap typing these words, it is nice and cool in the ATL. I can feel the impending heat coming though, when my sweaty self will be thrown into yet another brutal Georgia summer. Ugh. This week on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program Mr. Clark and yours truly discussed serial killers and whether or not humans can start an earthquake. Let me just say that judging from our Facebook page and from listener mail, you folks are some sick and twisted individuals.

I was reading a BBC article about the Desarmes family, who either consider themselves extremely lucky or incredibly unfortunate, considering they lived in Port Au Prince in January when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. So they left their home to go stay with another member of the family -- who lives in Santiago, Chile. They arrived just in time to survive the 8.8 magnitude quake that crushed Chile on February 27. Having spectacularly failed statistics in college and passing only after negotiating my release with the professor, I can't even begin to calculate the odds of being in two places where major earthquakes took place six weeks apart. (If you know how to, let me know; I'm very curious how one would come up with that probability). Despite adopting Disraeli's lies, damn lies and statistics philosophy as a defense mechanism, I must admit there are some pretty cool stories of people inadvertently carving out a place for themselves in the narrow margins that make up the hinterlands of probability.

Podcast Goodness: Earthquakes and Hypermiling

Greetings, earthlings. Dr. Clark and I hope that everyone has had a great week so far and that our American brothers and sisters are looking forward to a great holiday weekend. As for the rest of the world -- enjoy working tomorrow, suckers!

What makes the earth quake? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the science and history of earthquakes in this podcast from