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Stanford team builds 'Shazam' for earthquakes

from Christian Science Monitor

The quirky and upbeat song "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz may have changed seismology forever. After Stanford University earthquake expert Gregory Beroza used the phone app Shazam to identify the name of it as it was playing overhead in a department store, he had a revelation. "I knew it was what I wanted to do for seismology," he tells The Christian Science Monitor. Even though he launched Shazam in the middle of the song and in a noisy environment, the app — which matches the peaks and troughs of sound waves from songs and finds their identical twin patterns in a database — quickly identified the song. more

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