March 27, 2013

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2011 Quake Was Man-Made, Scientists Say

Oil drilling may be the culprit

A 2011 earthquake that registered a 5.6 on the richter scale and destroyed 14 homes, is now believed to have been man-made. Scientists announced Wednesday that the quake, originally believed to have naturally occurred, was most likely the result of deep injections of waste water, a byproduct of oil drilling. If they are right, it would make the Oklahoma quake the largest man-made seismological event in recorded U.S. history.

The study was carried out by a group of researchers from the University of Oklahoma, Columbia University, and the U.S. Geological Society. They believe that waste water pumped into empty oil wells put increasing pressure on the fault line running underneath the area, causing small tremors and eventually, the quake. 'When you overpressure the fault, you reduce the stress that's pinning the fault into place and that's when earthquakes happen,' said study co-author and Columbia geophysicist Heather Savage.

The study raises even more concerns over the practice of fracking, which pushes large volumes of water underground in order to release natural gas reserves.


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Ryan Lochte Gets His Own Show—Jeah!

Preview for Olympian's reality series

Ryan Lochte can't remember how many medals he won at the London Olympics. Ryan Lochte would like to tell you, "Don't duplicate. Just recipitate. [???]" Ryan Lochte wants you to wear his new Lochte shoe line because, "Ryan Lochte! Ryan Lochte's walking everywhere!"

This is the takeaway from the new trailer for Ryan Lochte's upcoming reality TV show "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?"

Which meshes with our interview with Lochte in the run-up to the London Olympics, during which he gave the backstory on his diamond grills and admitted that he "hadn't given London much thought."

WWRLD starts preaching the word on April 21.


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Eating Organic Helps Flies Live Longer

Animals could share same benefits

Eating organic food may help you live longer—if you're a fly, that is. A group of researchers from Southern Methodist University offered fruit flies extracts of different varieties of organic and conventional produce purchased at the same Whole Foods in Texas. They found that flies who fed on organic potatoes, raisins and soy enjoyed a significantly longer lifespan and were more fertile.

The new report follows a study published by Stanford researchers last year which found that organic produce wasn't significantly more nutritious than conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables, provoking a debate on the merits of chemical-free food. While the new study's authors stop short of saying that the results are as applicable to humans as to flies, they do suggest that other animals could reap some of the same health benefits.

Via The Atlantic


Ana Munoz at USADA

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Spain Investigating Lance Armstrong

Wake of USADA effort spreads

On February 20, the United States Anti-Doping Agency tweeted two messages that have more relevance after a report surfaced yesterday that Spain is investigating Lance Armstrong for issues related to doping.

"International cooperation is an important part of the fight to protect the rights of clean athletes," they wrote. "USADA was glad to welcome the new director of Spain's anti-doping agency, Ana Munoz, to our offices today."

Along with the second message, the agency included a photo of Munoz speaking to a room full of USADA staff.

Armstrong, who lived in Girona, Spain, is also being investigated in the regions of Alicante, Valencia, and Tenerife, according to ABC. In Daniel Coyle's book, "The Secret Race," there's a scene in which Floyd Landis watched over a fridge in Armstrong's Girona apartment to make sure the blood inside didn't go bad in the case of an electrical failure. The exact charges that might result from the Spanish investigation are unclear.

Spanish law does not make it a crime for an athlete to use performance enhancing drugs for personal use. In certain cases, athletes can be fined and have their licenses suspended.

However, if investigators can prove "trafficking, distribution and commercialization of doping drugs," that is a criminal offense carrying as many as two years in prison and fines of as much as 400,000 euros.

The investigation is described as being in a "very active and sensitive" phase.

"What I can tell you so far is that we are following up on the Armstrong case," Munoz told German television station ARD. "Not only because we were involved in the investigation back then but also because we are really interested that every person, Spanish or not, who has committed a crime in our country be prosecuted." 

For more read "Lance Armstrong Faces Possible Criminal Case in Spain" and "USADA collaborating with other agencies in wake of Armstrong affair."