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Blueprint for a thirsty world from Australia

Blueprint for a thirsty world from Australia

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The Millennium Drought in south-eastern Australia forced Greater Melbourne, a city of 4.3 million people, to successfully implement innovations that hold critical lessons for water-stressed regions around the world, according to findings by UC Irvine and Australian researchers. It wasn’t a new pipeline over[…..]

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Protecting food, energy and livelihoods in Punjab

Protecting food, energy and livelihoods in Punjab

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Researchers are working with Punjabi farmers to test innovations that will reduce pressure on overused aquifers. Since 2008, Punjab Agricultural University in India and Columbia University in the United States have worked with farmers to address these unsustainable practices. The latest phase of research[…..]

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Improve ecosystem models with experimental data

Improve ecosystem models with experimental data

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Predicting how forests will respond to increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide involves understanding the interplay among carbon dioxide, nutrients, water, plant and soil processes. This multitude of variables challenges scientists who are trying to gauge how future ecosystems will react in a changing[…..]

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Dubai leads the world in sustainable construction with green cement

Dubai leads the world in sustainable construction with green cement

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Landlords and contractors must now use green cement for the construction of new buildings in Dubai as part of a strategy to protect the environment and reduce gas emissions. New legislation forcing all landlords, contractors and consultancy companies to use the environment-friendly substance will[…..]

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Solar-Powered Electric Utility Lights Up Communities in Afghanistan

Solar-Powered Electric Utility Lights Up Communities in Afghanistan

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In Afghanistan’s Bamyan Province, a New Zealand-funded development project is now bringing 24-hour electricity to 2,490 homes and businesses in scattered hamlets with an off-the-grid, 1.05-MW network of solar arrays, batteries, backup generators and transmission lines. The $14.2-million project includes five arrays, mostly perched[…..]

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Missing ingredient in energy-efficient buildings: Trained people

Missing ingredient in energy-efficient buildings: Trained people

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More than one-third of new commercial building space includes energy-saving features, but without training or an operator’s manual many occupants are in the dark about how to use them. Julia Day recently published a paper in Building and Environment that for the first time[…..]

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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[…..]