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Applications for Builders from the 2015 Solar Decathlon

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon showcased innovations in engineering, architecture, and energy-efficient systems from 14 teams of students. Although many of the systems were custom-built for the projects, several teams incorporated materials and techniques that any builder can implement now. Teams[…..]

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Polarled – The First Pipeline Crossing The Arctic Circle

Polarled – The First Pipeline Crossing The Arctic Circle

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On Friday 21 August the Polarled gas pipeline crossed 66 degrees and 33 minutes north of the equator and became the first pipeline to cross the Arctic Circle. This pipeline will open an entirely new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe. The[…..]

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Google’s Project Sunroof Tells You How Well Solar Would Work On Your Roof

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Google now lets you see if your house is a good candidate for installing solar panels. Project Sunroof, a 20 percent project by Google engineering lead Carl Elkin, shows you how much solar power your roof could generate using Google Maps and the data[…..]

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Siemens Wins 100 Megawatts Onshore Wind Order In Australia

Siemens Wins 100 Megawatts Onshore Wind Order In Australia

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Siemens and Neoen Australia have signed a contract for the Hornsdale Wind Farm project located in the state of South Australia. Consisting of 32 Siemens direct drive wind turbines, this project will provide clean energy for more than 70,000 households. The agreement includes also[…..]

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Rainbow Road Comes To Life – “Spark Your City” Brings Colour To London Bridge

Rainbow Road Comes To Life – “Spark Your City” Brings Colour To London Bridge

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On Monday, June 22, the London Bridge was transformed from mundane gray concrete to a cheerful Rainbow Road. The movement is Spark Your City, and the first spark, “Love Mondays,” was hosted by Gemma Cairney. A BBC radio host and former fashion stylist, Cairney[…..]

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Below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely this year

Below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely this year

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NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy. For the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 — November 30, NOAA is predicting a 70[…..]

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15 Dec 2016

9 Interesting Pedestrian Bridge Designs From Around The World

Pedestrian bridges or more commonly known as footbridges offer great access for pedestrians and cyclists by linking two distinct areas such as roads, mountainous terrain, rivers etc. Since time immemorial, these bridges have facilitated safe movement and with changing technology, these bridges have witnessed[…..]

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15 Dec 2016
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Galileo is the European global satellite-based navigation system

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSSGNSSGlobal Navigation Satellite System), providing improved positioning and timing information with significant positive implications for many European services and users. For example: Galileo allows users to know their exact position with greater precision than what is offered[…..]

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26 Sep 2016

World’s Longest Railway Tunnel now open

The world’s largest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, was blessed on June in a ceremony attended by an inter-faith group of religious leaders. A Catholic priest, a pastor, a rabbi and an imam were present at the ceremony. The completion of[…..]

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25 Sep 2016

Can we beat mother nature at materials design?

In nature, wood, shells, and other structural materials are lightweight, strong, and tough. Significantly, these materials are made at the ambient temperature in the local environment — not at the high temperatures at which human-made structural materials are generally processed. Similar materials are difficult[…..]

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24 Sep 2016

Nothing, and something, give concrete strength, toughness

What does one need to strengthen or toughen concrete? A lot of nothing. Or something.  The “nothing” is in the form of microscopic voids and the “something” consists of particular particles embedded in the most common construction material on Earth. Rice University materials scientist[…..]