- Welcome to this months’ curation of new technology announcements! Peruse below to get your nerdy fill of lithium-metal batteries, quantum materials, and trapping light in magnets!
New material could reduce greenhouse gases by capturing them with the help of the Sun.
Lithium-metal batteries are one step closer to reality.
You can trap light in a very strong magnet, no seriously you can!
Excess power from renewable sources could be stored in thermal batteries.
Scientists control quantum electron spin at room temperature.
New quantum material created in a lab.
Scientists map a proton’s path through graphene for the first time.
3D-printed living material could clean our polluted waters.
- The August 2023 NOAA Global Climate Report was released and the trends for the month are, once again, alarming. August 2023 average global surface temperature ranked the highest on record since 1850 for the month. Many countries, including those in Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and North America experienced their warmest August on record. For the fifth consecutive month, global ocean surface temperatures set a record high. Pakistan, India and Bangladesh experienced prolonged monsoon rains which caused catastrophic flooding and affected more than a million people.
- It’s spooky season, friends! In an ode to all things creepy, our Google search of the month was “Halloween and GIS”. It led us to discover this cool map titled Eerie, Indiana: Allegedly Haunted Indiana Map. The map was created by the student assistants of the GIS Research and Map Collections at Ball State University. The map was published in October 2009. The locations listed on the map are places in Indiana that are haunted according to urban legend. From haunted pizza shops to ghosts at Purdue University, the map certainly has some interesting stories, perhaps enough to send chills down your spine!
- Last month we checked out the online GIS resources for Rio Rancho, New Mexico’s third largest city. This month we’re moving on to Rochester, New York’s third largest city. While the city of Rochester does have a GIS website (linked below), we found the Monroe County website, of which Rochester is a part, to be more complete and helpful. We’ve taken most of the links below from the county website. Filled with lots of useful information about Rochester and GIS in general, the website is easy to navigate and user friendly.
Rochester, NY GIS Website
Rochester, NY (Monroe County) GIS
Rochester, NY (Monroe County) GIS Contacts
Rochester, NY (Monroe County) GIS App
Rochester, NY (Monroe County) GIS Map Collection
Rochester, NY (Monroe County) GIS Direct Downloads