- Technology rocks – and so do these amazing technological advancements below!
Solar – This solar paint can generate unlimited energy from water vapor by splitting it into oxygen and hydrogen. While this easy-to-install window tinting generates its own power from UV light while reducing heating and cooling bills up to 40%. These solar-powered units can condense liquid water even in the dry Saharan Desert.
Random – This flexible nano-technology “paper” can generate power and even act as a loud speaker. Power generated where fresh and saltwater meet could supply 40% of the world’s energy needs. This first-of-its-kind plant (not the green type!) literally sucks carbon dioxide out of the air. Here is another ultra-thin film, this one can efficiently generate hydrogen fuel from water; and this efficient catalyst can help generate methane from atmospheric carbon dioxide. Space is littered with junk, so this experimental magnetic tug hopes to clean it up a bit by rounding up broken satellites. And finally, these bacterial-coated nanofibers can clean up wastewater
- The July 2017 NOAA Global Climate report is out and it confirms that July 2017 was the second hottest July on record, second only to 2016 – and then the hottest July global land temperatures ever recorded. This marks the 41st consecutive July on record with temperatures above the 20th Century average. At least California has decided to stand up to the Trump administration’s abandonment of the Paris Climate Treaty by enacting their own statewide regulations stricter than the US ever considered.
- California was admitted to our nation on September 9, 1850 so in remembrance of that, my Google search of the month was, “GIS and California.” If you wade through the plethora of search results, you might find this Master’s thesis by Michael Alan Wahl of the University of Southern California where he builds a mobile GIS app to share the locations of indigenous plants. We love mobile GIS apps here at Apollo Mapping, aka Map Mavin!
- In August we explored the resources of New Haven and this month we stay on the East Coast with a look at the GIS resources of Delaware’s second largest city, Dover. And as we have seen recently, the landing page for the GIS department is little more than a place holder – at least it does have some contact info. From this page, you are able to access a collection of online maps here but many of the links appear to be “packaged” and are not specific to Dover; further, the actual map link takes you to a webmap where you need to sign into your account to use the interface. The few maps in the gallery do appear to work – but there is no apparent way to download the actual GIS files used to make these maps.
Brock Adam McCarty