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iCandy: Data Saves the Day

Gadgets alert us to weapons, the weather, and our workouts

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Image: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters/Landov
Italian authorities monitoring the cruise liner Costa Concordia are getting help from an unlikely source: geologists. This image is a digital map of the ship created by laser scanners and other devices normally used to capture data on volcanoes and landslides. The lasers, radars, and satellites trained on the ship are capable of sensing shifts as subtle as 1 millimeter a year.

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