- Technology is the best – and so it’s time for this month’s review of technological advancements!
Battery/Solar: These solar cells can be washed, making them ideal for sun-powered clothing and fabrics. Here is another way to convert carbon dioxide to usable fuel with just sunlight. This sodium-based battery could be lower cost per energy unit than common lithium versions.
Random: If we can harvest energy from running water, how about an idea to the same from your bloodstream? Think about the possibilities of a fungus that could decompose plastics, especially in our polluted waterways. This underwater turbine could turn waves into power. Here is a wearable sensor that generates power from the difference in hot and cold If we harvested energy from evaporation over lakes and reservoirs, it could power up to 70% of our American needs. This nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from saltwater – talk about sustainable energy! And here is another way to generate hydrogen fuel with sunlight. Finally, this paper-based electrode could be an important step forward for wearable electronic devices.
- The October 2017 NOAA global climate report is out and the records continue sadly. This was the 394th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th Century average and was also the 4th warmest October on record behind 2015 (the hottest on record), 2014 and 2016 respectively. With Syria joining the Paris Climate Accord, that leaves the United States as the only nation not to sign on – sad…
- Christmas is nearly upon as the year draws to a close and in honor of this special holiday, my Google Search of the month was, “Candy cane and GIS.” And okay while this result from Penn State University’s Department of Geography has zero to do with Christmas, it is still an intriguing topic about how language impacts our spatial imagination – enjoy the article!
- From Augusta, Georgia we travel over the Pacific Ocean for this month’s GIS review of Hawaii’s second largest city, Pearl City. And it appears as though Pearl City does not even have a government website as it is a census designated place – given this, I will refer you back to our review of Honolulu’s online GIS resources here as Pearl City is a near suburb.
Brock Adam McCarty