The hidden danger beneath us
While moviegoers are flocking to San Andreas, USC geologist James Dolan is studying the faults directly beneath LA — some of them undiscovered. What threat do they pose?
Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it. Thanks to an implant in his brain, he can even tell the robot to play “rock, paper, scissors.” It's all part of a high-tech collaboration.
Key design decisions are shaping the $650 million project — the biggest in USC history — which will house 2,700 undergraduates come fall 2017. But behind traditional facades lies state-of-the-art technology — and a lot of wall plugs.
One of the things that make the Internet useful to human traffickers is being turned against them. A tool developed at USC Viterbi allows officers searching for a child trapped in the escort industry to search by phone number, location — even photo — and find a way to reach them.