Freshwater shortages

Freshwater Scarcity May Be Our First Climate Change Adaptability Challenge

July 2, 2014 – It may not be the heat or rising sea levels, or even frequent severe weather events that create the greatest challenge to humanity and other life on the planet. ... Continue Reading →
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A Former NHL Goaltender Asks Canadians To Look at Our Days Ahead

July 1, 2014 – It is my country’s 147th birthday today. Yes Canada as a confederation is now almost a century-and-a-half in age and as part of that celebration, the Toronto ... Continue Reading →
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Why do Wind Turbines Have Three Blades? Maybe They Shouldn’t

July 1, 2014 – With 2014 half gone I ask this question – why do wind turbines have three blades? Don’t ask me why I ask this question? It came to me about a week ago ... Continue Reading →
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Teaching Robots Tasks – Researchers Turn to Crowdsourcing

June 30, 2014 – Researchers at University of Washington have turned to social media and crowdsourcing to teach their robots how to do jobs. They presented their findings at this ... Continue Reading →
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Approaches to Landing on Mars and Other Places – NASA, SpaceX and Others

June 30, 2014 – Over the weekend NASA test flew its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) near the Hawaiian Islands. It is NASA’s solution for landing heavier payloads ... Continue Reading →
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Encouraging News Headlines on the Renewable Energy Front

June 29, 2014 – A combination of sunny days and windy weather contributed to three energy record setting days recently in the United Kingdom, Germany and the State of Texas. On ... Continue Reading →
KAIST pacemaker

Piezoelectric Technology in a Pacemaker – Really?

June 28, 2014 – In a recently published article in Advanced Materials, Korean researchers at their Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) described a cardiac pacemaker ... Continue Reading →
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Beating Tornadoes – Great Wall Proposed Across American Midwest

June 27, 2014 – A Temple University physicist has proposed a plan to build a series of 300-meter-high (1,000 foot) walls across parts of the American Midwest to inhibit tornado ... Continue Reading →
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How 21st Century Technology is Changing Education

June 26, 2014 – Today was the last day of the public school year here in Toronto. The youngsters are out for the summer holidays and that has made me think about just how much ... Continue Reading →
OCO-2 satellite

NASA Preparing Satellite to Monitor How the Planet Breathes

June 26, 2014 – It will cost $465 million U.S. but the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will be the first satellite of its type focused solely on observing CO2 levels on ... Continue Reading →