Laptop accelerometers measure quake data

Boffins at Stanford University are asking computer users to gather data about earthquakes by using the accelerometers built into their laptops.

The gadgets, which are designed to park hard drive heads in milliseconds if the lappie is dropped, can also measure vibrations which could help scientists to predict quakes.

False readings are eliminated because the software only gathers data if multiple laptops trigger at the same time.

Please don't get all of your friends to sign up to the programme, then violently shake your laptops at the same time, as this would be very, very childish and highly irresponsible.