- Yep, it’s that time of the month again, so off we go for our technology review!
New plant polymer could replace single-use plastics.
Advance in lithium-ion batteries that work in temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius.
Newly discovered plant gene could increase stress tolerance and improve carbon capture.
Blood enzymes power this self-healing concrete.
Graphene sensor monitors heartbeat.
Naturally occurring compound can help capture energy from movement.
Nano-technology can even improve asphalt roads.
Low cost energy storage system using underwater pipes and tanks.
Microbes can help convert carbon dioxide into biofuel.
Zero-energy system to extract water from the air.
This bioplastic is actually carbon-negative.
Novel approach to charging small electronics with human power.
- The June 2021 NOAA Global Climate report is out and I bet you are shocked to find out it was really warm last month?! No actually you are not shocked if you believe in science as this trend has continued for some 438 consecutive months now. In fact, June 2021 was the 5th warmest June on record, surpassed only by 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 at some 1.58°F (0.88°C) above the 20th Century average. In sum, 4.18% of the world’s surface set temperature records in the month, the 6th highest percentage for June since 1951.
- August 19th is National Potato Day so in honor of these brown spuds, our Google search of the month was, “Potato and GIS.” If you look through the various search results you might find this gem by Mulualem Asfaw and Daniel Asfaw of Debre Tabor University where they use a weighted-ranking approach to identify suitable regions for potato crops. In their analysis, they use digital elevation models as well weather and environmental data gathered from local government offices.
- Last month we were in Fayetteville, Arkansas with a review of the state’s third largest city’s online GIS resources, and this month we head to San Jose, California for a similar review:
San Jose, CA GIS Website
San Jose, CA GIS Contacts
San Jose, CA GIS Web Map
San Jose, CA GIS Map Collections
San Jose, CA GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty