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The Boston Marathon Bombings: An In-Depth Report

The deadly April 15 explosions unnerved a city and a sport. How can science and technology stop terrorist attacks and save lives? New stories will be added daily

  • April 16, 2013

Why It's Better to Text Than Call in a Mass Emergency

Credit: © MotoEd/iStockphoto Today at BoingBoing, Maggie Koerth-Baker has a fascinating Q&A with communications engineer and entrepreneur Brough Turner about how mobile-phone networks respond to sudden spikes in call volume, as occurred April 15 in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 17, 2013 — John Matson

Cooperation after a tragedy: When our hearts know better than our minds.

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers The exact details of what happened today on Boylston Street are still being sorted out, but multiple reports are confirming that two bombs were detonated close to the finish line of today's Boston Marathon, killing at least two people and wounding dozens of others.As a social psychologist, there are so many reasons to expect that this should end up revealing an absolute low point for humanity.

April 15, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Boston Marathon Calamity Shows Value of Social Media

It might be no surprise that immediately after the explosions at today’s Boston Marathon, social media sites became the best way for the public to obtain on-the-scene reports.

April 15, 2013 — Mark Fischetti

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