- Are you ready for a new list of cool technology updates? This months’ reads include some amazing sustainability discoveries, plant technology and 3D printing news!
Copying plant ‘technology’ could improve solar cells.
Research suggests new ways to convert carbon dioxide into usable products.
Improved flame temperature measurement could help biofuel efficiency too.
Silicon is likely holding back super-computing.
Scientists invent/discover(?) a new form of magnetic particles.
Microwave ovens open the doorway to next-generation silicon chips.
Lithium-ion batteries are one step closer to commercialization.
Low-cost perovskite solar cells get a significant stability boost.
New ideas for clean geothermal energy production.
3D printed solution for powering small medical devices.
Innovative cooling solution developed for remote locations.
Low-cost, nickel-based cathodes developed.
New discovery could allow for more powerful computer chips.
This new battery uses materials from seaweed.
- The September 2022 NOAA global climate report is out and, despite the shift into fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, it was still very warm! The September 2022 average global surface temperature tied Sept 2021 for the was the fifth-warmest since 1880, coming in at 1.58°F (0.88°C) above the 20th Century average of 59.0°F (15.0°C). In case you’re curious, the top ten warmest Augusts on record have all occurred since 2012. The Arctic Sea ice extent tied Sept 2010 as the 11th-smallest extent on record, while the Antarctic Sea ice extent was the fifth-lowest on record. To top it off, the sea ice extents both came in below the 1981-2010 averages, with the Arctic at 16.8% and the Antarctic at 4.2% below average. Both of these lower-than-average ice extents, as well as the higher average temperatures, point to global warming.
- Did you know that November 9th is National Visit an Art Museum Day? So in honor, our Google search of the month was, “Art Museums and GIS”. And wouldn’t you know it, we found this fascinating webmap made by the New Mexico Trust For Public Land about pieces in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Georgia O’Keeffe, known as the ‘Mother’ of American Modernism, painted many iconic landscapes from locations around the state of New Mexico. In the last few years, the increase in petroleum and natural gas exploration have threatened many of the locations O’Keeffe painted. Seeking to connect O’Keeffe’s artwork with their geographies to help protect New Mexican landscapes, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum and the Trust for Public Land GIS team analyzed-mapped 29 O’Keeffe paintings, and then imported them into a GIS database. Their hope is to cultivate a greater appreciation for the land and its influence on art, history and culture.
- Last month we checked out the online GIS resources of Maine’s third largest city, Bangor; and this month we look at GIS resources for Mayland’s third largest city, Rockville:
Rockville, MD GIS Website
Rockville, MD GIS Contacts (bottom right of page)
Rockville, MD GIS Web Map
Rockville, MD GIS Map Collections
Rockville, MD GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty