- Welcome to another curation of cool, new technology things! This month, we have articles featuring nanoscale 3D metal objects, new coatings for solar cells, and polymer behavior models. Read on for geeky enlightenment!
Graphene could help produce sustainable hydrogen fuel in the future.
Scientists develop advanced models of polymer behavior for the first time.
Nanoscale printed 3D-metal objects exhibit surprisingly high durability.
New catalyst to convert carbon dioxide into valuable methane.
This membrane resists heat and pressure while it splits molecules.
New coating can extend solar cell life by six times.
Molecule-sized sensor could revolutionize electronics.
- The September 2023 NOAA global climate report has been released and the trends for the month are, yet again, disturbing. The September 2023 average global surface temperature anomaly ranked the highest on record since 1850 – that means as compared to the monthly average, this September 2023 was proportionally the hottest month ever recorded – this is very, very scary folks. Many countries, including those in Africa, Europe, South America and North America experienced their warmest September on record. Japan experienced the warmest summer it’s had in 125 years. For the sixth consecutive month, global ocean surface temperatures set a record high. Libya, Brazil and New York City experienced flooding brought on by heavy rains. In Libya, the excessive rain caused two dams to burst upstream of the city of Derna, leading to the deaths of more than 10,000 people.
- November 11th is World Origami Day so our Google search of the month was, “Origami and GIS”. It led us to discover this doctoral dissertation titled, Skeleton Structures and Origami, written by John C. Bowers of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and published in November 2015. The dissertation looks at polygonal skeleton structures, which are used in many computational geometry algorithms such as GIS systems, and are a part of computational origami. While it may not have ‘follow along’ images to create your own origami piece, it’s a pretty interesting read!
- Last month we checked out the online GIS resources for Rochester, New York’s third largest city. This month we’re moving on to Greensboro, North Carolina’s third largest city. While the city of Greensboro does have a GIS website (linked below), it also contains links to the Guilford County GIS website, of which Greensboro is a part. The Greensboro GIS website was easy to navigate, but was lacking many options other city GIS’ offer – most glaring is the lack of access to free GIS files.
Greensboro, NC GIS Website
Greensboro, NC GIS Contacts (listed at the bottom of the page)
Greensboro, NC GIS App
Greensboro, NC GIS Data (no free data downloads offered)