- Calling all nerds! We’ve got some pretty amazing new technological developments for you to check out his month! Click on to learn about a new form of ice, a power generator for ocean electronics, and lasers that can identify bacteria!
A new form of ice? No, seriously, it’s weird!
Low-cost sodium-aluminum battery design could improve renewable energy storage.
New 3D-printed material could make for lighter, stronger turbine parts.
Researchers design new nanoparticle lattice that could improve remote sensing.
Power generator for open ocean electronics.
Lower-cost molten rock developed for renewable energy storage.
Low-cost, superfast water treatment method developed.
Lasers can now ID bacteria in liquids.
This material could make for more efficient computer chips.
New super-tough material which could be instrumental in space exploration discovered.
Stride forward in power-dense magnesium rechargeable batteries.
Enhanced durability for low-cost perovskite solar cells.
- The February 2023 NOAA Climate Report has been released, and, following recent trajectories, it was fairly warm. The February 2022 average global surface temperature was the 4thth highest on record since 1850. Interestingly, although the global temperature was above average, both the Caribbean Islands and Oceania experienced their coolest February since 2012. Meanwhile, Chile underwent a summer heatwave that contributed to wildfires burning over a million acres.
- Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? In honor, our Google search of the month was, “Poetry and GIS”. We found this article by Christopher Donaldson, Patricia Murrietta-Flores and Ian N. Gregory, titled Distant Readings of Geographies in Text Corpora: Mapping Norman Nicholson’s Poems and Letters. The article was written for the CEUR Workshop Proceedings in 2016. It discusses how working with GIS techniques, visualization and distant reading helps readers understand the geography of poetry and spatial dimensions of the network of people the poet corresponded with. This study focuses particularly on the poetry of Normal Nicholson, but the concepts could be applied to other poets. The study maps different aspects of Nicholson’s poetry – specifically places mentioned or alluded to in his poetry – as well as the people he wrote letters to during the years his poems were written. The authors concluded GIS technology can provide researchers with a powerful tool for exploring a variety of different textual sources such as poems and letters. If you’d like to learn more about Normal Nicholson and his poetry, you can do so here.
- Last month we checked out the online GIS resources of Mississippi’s third largest city, Southaven. This month we look at the online GIS resources for Missouri’s third largest city, Springfield. The city of Springfield has some GIS data and maps on their website, but navigating to and from the links can be a bit confusing. It’s almost easier to Google search, “Springfield Missouri GIS”, plus whatever topic you’re looking for, than to navigate through the city website. The GIS web map collection, however, provides many useful and interesting tools, such as interactive maps, snow routes, bat and butterfly habitat trackers, and COVID testing locations.
Springfield, MO GIS Website
Springfield, MO GIS Contacts (not GIS specific)
Springfield, MO GIS Web App
Springfield, MO Map Collections
Springfield, MO GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty