Time Magazine has listed what they think are the best inventions of the year. In particular, this one bothered me. The idea is to inject the microbe Bacillus pasteurii, urea, and calcium into the ground in order to precipitate calcite. But, they want to use this technique to solidify sandy soil for earthquake hazard mitigation by turning sandy soil into sandstone.
I just don't see this as a reasonable hazard mitigation strategy. Why not better buildings? Better zoning? What do you think?