- Technology is the coolest so let’s jump right into our review of recent technological advances:
New material promises to reduce heat loss in electric devices and manufacturing.
Stride forward in producing hydrogen gas from a renewable power source.
Cell phone touchscreens can be used to detect soil and water contamination.
Significant improvement in lithium-ion batteries.
Wood-based batteries are being tested.
Sustainable nitrogen fertilizer made from cyanobacteria.
Wireless multi-charge system invented.
Nanomaterial developed to produce hydrogen fuel from seawater.
New record material found for converting waste heat to energy.
- The July 2021 NOAA Global Climate report is out and it confirms that July 2021 was the warmest July on record since 1880. And since July is the warmest month of the year, this was also the hottest month ever recorded. How hot was it? Well, we were some 1.67°F (0.93°C) above the 20th Century temperature average – and in fact nine of the ten warmest Julys on record have happened since 2010 – scary stuff folks…
- September 14th is International Crab Fest Day so in honor of this food-driven party, our Google search of the month was, “Crab and GIS.” And of course this was an easy one to find academic publications about, in particular this thesis by Olaf Jensen caught my attention as it focuses on the spatial ecology of Maryland Blue Crabs – I grew up in Maryland so this is near and dear to my heart! In this paper, Jensen uses a variety of spatial analytic techniques to determine the factors that control habitat selection and the location of mature female crabs.
- Last month we checked out the online GIS resources of California’s third largest city, San Jose, and for this month we travel to the Rockies with a review of Aurora, Colorado’s online resources:
Aurora, CO GIS Website
Aurora, CO GIS Contacts (check out the Contact Us link in the footer)
Aurora, CO GIS Web Map
Aurora, CO GIS Map Collections
Aurora, CO GIS Direct Downloads
Brock Adam McCarty