- Welcome to this month’s collection of nerdy updates! Browse through the links below to check out what’s going on with Lithium-ion batteries, computer memory, the Sun, and more:
Research shows path to reduced-cost lithium-ion batteries with manganese.
More efficient process for converting carbon dioxide into usable chemicals.
New stable form of gold has promise for solar cells and more.
This system captures up to 40% of the Sun’s energy to make green hydrogen.
3D-printed materials could improve future fusion plants.
Soil can be decontaminated using carbon compounds and electric pulses.
Graphene shows promise for improved computer memory and hard drives.
- The October 2023 NOAA Global Climate Report has been released and the alarming trends continue. October 2023 joins September 2023, having an average global surface temperature that ranked highest for the month since record collecting began in 1850! This is nothing to take lightly folks. North and South America experienced higher than average temperatures in October; as did western, eastern, and southern Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Arctic. Italy, Spain, Peru, Bolivia, and many other countries had their warmest October ever. The sea surface temperatures in the northern, western, and eastern Pacific, as well as, the northern Atlantic and Indian oceans were above average. 11% of the World’s surface experienced record-warm temperatures in October, which is the highest percentage in October since 1951.
- December 1 is World’s AIDS Day. In honor of this, our Google search was, “AIDS and GIS”. We came across a MEASURE evaluation fact sheet, featured on measureevaluation.org dedicated to the treatment and intervention of AIDS/HIV. The article goes into great detail about how new MEASURE evaluation techniques are being implemented, using GIS map data such as those from the World Health Organization to show the location of facilities and the types of treatment offered. Check it out here.
- We took a look at the online GIS resources for Rochester, NY last month. This month we’re making our way to Grand Forks, North Dakota’s third-largest city. We found an easy-to-navigate, resource-filled GIS website linked below for you to check out. We were however unable to locate a way to bulk download GIS data directly.
Grand Folks, ND GIS Website
Grand Folks, ND GIS Contacts
Grand Folks, ND GIS Web App
Grand Folks, ND GIS Map Collections – also located on front page of GIS website
Grand Folks, ND GIS Direct Downloads – no direct downloads but there are individual map/app downloads on the GIS homepage at the bottom
Brock Adam McCarty