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The Netherlands: Shaken Up

June 19, 2013
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No other land in Europe produces as much natural gas as the Netherlands. But this has come at a price for the people who live there. Drilling is causing more and more earthquakes - and stronger ones too.People in Groningen - a densely populated area in the northern Netherlands - live directly above Europe's biggest natural gas field. They've got used to the odd rumble or two, but this year alone 20 earthquakes have shaken the region. Now The Dutch Oil Company (NAM) has announced it wants to increase its rate of gas extraction. Thus far, the quakes have been relatively low in magnitude, but scientists warn this is likely to change. Angry homeowners, complaining of cracked walls and roofs, are demanding the plans be reconsidered.

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Popular Science (Oct. 19, 2012) — Shapeways, a 3-D printing company based in the Netherlands, calls on New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to open a 25,000-square-foot "Factory of the Future" in Long Island City, Queens that will house between 30 and 50 industrial 3-D printers.
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Deutsche Welle (Feb. 11, 2013) — Marga Lensen from the Netherlands is a junior professor of chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin. Her specialty is developing nanopatterned biomaterials. They can be used in biomedical applications -- for example, in tissue engineering and to improve the surfaces of implants.
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