“Bond, Bacterial Bond” — The Discovery Files

A recent discovery out of the University of California, Davis might one day help to minimize the devastation of major earthquakes. Researchers have developed a process to convert loose, sandy soil into rock by using injections of cultures from a natural bacterium. So far, their process has only been tested in the lab, but they are working on scaling it up to a practical size. Then, it could be used to solidify the ground beneath buildings and steady them in the face of quakes.