What's the link between epileptic seizures and earthquakes, basic and applied research?

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A recent preprint describes two kinds of phenomena in terms of coupled threshold oscillators - earthquakes and epileptic seizures. It turns out that methods developed for earthquake prediction may become useful in predicting seizures:
http://arxiv.org/abs/0712.3929 .

Besides, it may be a good starting point to discuss the interdisciplinary aspects of basic and applied research, e.g. how to write or to review grant proposals on cross-disciplinary topics.

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waris Ali's picture

Earthquakes may hold clues

Earthquakes may hold clues for treatment of epilepsy:
TECHNIQUES for forecasting earthquakes could also be used to predict when epilepsy sufferers will have fits, researchers have found.
for further informantion see the given website http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/jan/10/neuroscience.medicalresear...

daniel's picture

The guardian article is

The guardian article is about the above-mentioned preprint (by Ivan Osorio) posted on arxiv.org .

Abdul Waheed Kandhro's picture

Plate Tectonics, the Cause

Plate Tectonics, the Cause of Earthquakes
The plates consist of an outer layer of the Earth, the lithosphere, which is cool enough to behave as a more or less rigid shell. Occasionally the hot asthenosphere of the Earth finds a weak place in the lithosphere to rise buoyantly as a plume, or hotspot. The satellite image below shows the volcanic islands of the Galapagos hotspot.

http://www.seismo.unr.edu