22May2017

Walkie Talkie building melts metal

Gist: Developers Face Heat for London’s Car-frying Skyscraper Concave design acts as lens that reflects intense sunlight for about two hours a day Now the Walkie Talkie building is melting BICYCLES: Dazzling light reflected from giant [...]

How ancients prevented river water seepage

Workers excavating a holy pond in a village at the periphery of Mathura have discovered what is claimed as the first iron sheet used to prevent seepage of river water. Should the right moves be made, the area could well be a potential UNESCO [...]

Cramming for Degrees in Hybrids

TEAM SPIRIT From left, Ohio State’s EcoCAR 2 team members Travis Trippel, Katherine Bovee and Amanda Hyde with the Saturn Vue that finished second in an earlier competition. LIKE many college students, Katherine Bovee, a master’s [...]
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Chillin’ in the desert

Simple, inexpensive and eco-friendly fridge keeps fruits and veggies fresh for days Fawzi Al-Mitwalli (left) and Nour Maraqa have developed a low-cost, solar-powered desert cooler that can prevent spoilage of fruits and vegetables for more [...]

Massive Carbon-Capture Facility Spawns Skepticism and Hope

‘Norway’s Moon Landing’ Helge Hansen/ TCM The world’s largest facility for filtering carbon dioxide out of industrial emissions was inaugurated in Norway this week. While some see it as a godsend in efforts to reach [...]

Can I go without a refrigerator?

­When refrigerators hit the market in the late 1800s, it was a huge leap forward for civilized living. It offered a simple solution to the problem of bacteria-laden, disease-causing old food, not to mention the issue of losing money buying [...]

Oceans’ salinity changed over last half-century

Warmer atmosphere may be to blame for changes in water cycle Over the second half of the 20th century, parts of the world’s ocean became saltier (red) and parts became fresher (blue) as the amount of water evaporating from the surface and [...]

Making the World Smaller – Daniel Lieberman – Harvard Thinks Big

Daniel Lieberman Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology

Carbon capture plan for Peterhead

Two large energy firms have agreed to work together to develop carbon-capture and storage (CCS) in Aberdeenshire – if they can get the funding. Shell and SSE want to develop carbon capture at Peterhead The UK government said it would [...]

The day Buddha smiled at Pokhran

Former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chairman and one of the guiding lights behind India’s first nuclear test, Homi Nusserwanji Sethna, helped India conduct its first nuclear test way back in 1974. A pillar of Indias nuclear programme, Sethna’s [...]