BMW i3s in the Netherlands

Netherlands Propose Ban on “Carbon” Cars while San Francisco Goes Solar on Buildings

April 25, 2016 – A big ship takes a long time to change direction starting from the senior officer at the helm requesting a route alteration to the rudder and engines finally ... Continue Reading →
Heather Hava

Gizmos & Gadgets: Robo Gardener Invented for Farming on Mars

April 24, 2016 – An aerospace engineering student at University of Colorado boulder, Heather Hava, has just one a $15,000 “Eat-It” undergraduate prize for inventing ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: Self-Driving Pods on Singapore Roads This Year

April 23, 2016 –  A joint venture between SMRT Services Pte. Ltd. and 2Getthere Holding B.V. announced plans to install, operate and maintain a fleet of automated vehicles on ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: New Nanowire Battery Holds Up to 200,000 Discharge Recharge Cycles

April 22, 2016 – One of the biggest challenges for battery designers is choosing materials that can withstand the repeated discharge and recharge cycles. All of us who have used ... Continue Reading →
Crossing 1.5 Rise

Why 1.5 is a Better Number Than 2.0

April 21, 2016 – What’s the big difference between a global mean temperature rise of 1.5 versus 2.0 Celsius or the Fahrenheit equivalent 2.7 and 3.6 degrees? Think about ... Continue Reading →
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150 Countries to Sign COP21 Climate Agreement – Will This Help?

April 20, 2016 – At the United Nations this Friday, Earth Day, 150 nations’ representatives will sign the Paris climate agreement. But signing an agreement with good intentions ... Continue Reading →
Crystal Serenity

Melting Sea Ice in the Arctic – The Good and the Bad

April 19, 2016 – This year remains second lowest on record for sea ice coverage in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago. Extraordinary weather anomalies over the 2015-16 winter saw ... Continue Reading →
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Want to Win a Million Euros – Enter the European Commission’s Horizon Prize

April 18, 2016 – Misuse of antibiotics by healthcare providers has created an antibiotic resistance problem. In the United States each year 2 million are infected by bacteria ... Continue Reading →
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Peter Diamandis Describes “X” and its Moonshot Culture

April 17, 2016 – It has been a few weeks since I shared with you one of Peter Diamandis’ weekly email blasts. Not all are suitable fodder for this blog. But the one describing ... Continue Reading →
Mauna Loa CO2 April 12, 2016

409.44 Parts Per Million – Remember 2016 as the Year CO2 Went Ballistic

April 16, 2016 – Last week at the top of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere were measured at 409.44 ppm. On April 12 the reading was ... Continue Reading →