- Our technology review is always chock full of interesting advancements from the world of science so let’s get it going now!
Lithium-sulfur batteries could be commercial viable sooner than later.
Improved ultra-cold battery developed.
Low-cost environmentally-friendly catalyst for improved hydrogen production.
Using the human body to power our gadgets.
Improved catalyst for hydrogen gas production also cleans up water.
New technology opens the way for commercial production of perovskite solar cells.
New material could improve hydrogen gas production.
This new paper changes its feel when touched.
Mindless robots respond to environmental stimuli.
Simple way to lite below-ground spaces with sunlight.
- The March 2021 NOAA global climate report is out and you will not be surprised to find out it was another warm month. How warm was it? Well, it was the 8th warmest March on record at some 1.53 degrees Fahrenheit (0.85 degrees Celsius) above the global land and ocean temperature average. One interesting anomaly was the percent of the world with records temperature which was 2.5% – making it the lowest percent since March 2014. All this said, we are encouraged by the Biden administration’s focus on renewable energy in their proposed infrastructure bill – for example, it will help fund an estimated 1 to 1.2 million new jobs per year in the solar, wind, building improvement and electric vehicle industries.
- May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity, a crucial holiday given the rapidly deteriorating environment which sustains life on our planet. In honor of this holiday, our Google search of the month was, “GIS and biological diversity,” which yields a huge list of research on the topic. This thesis by Christina Chiappetta of the SUNY Albany encapsulates the research on the topic nicely as it brings together multiple GIS datasets, including Lidar topographic data and stormwater polygons, to help urban planners understand biodiversity in city settings. The research achieves this by expanding the scale of analysis beyond a watershed to a merged stormwatershed which covers a larger geography and deals with larger volumes of water inputs.
- In April we completed our first online GIS review of the third largest city in each state with Mobile, Alabama, and for this edition we head as far north as it gets in the USA with a review of Juneau, Alaska’s online GIS resources:
Juneau, AK GIS Website (the GIS department is a part of the assessor’s office)
Juneau, AK GIS Contacts (check on the middle, right side of the page)
Juneau, AK GIS Web Map
Juneau, AK GIS Map Collections
Juneau, AK GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty