- We’ve got another exciting collection of new technology developments for you! This month, the curation includes new mushroom uses, quantum magnets, and using cement, carbon and water to store energy.
Improved quantum computing could help sustainable materials.
NanoLEDs can now be grown on microchips.
Graphite can be ‘pushed’ to act like 2D graphene.
Data mining reveals fungi that could produce useful molecules for humans.
New device produces hydrogen gas from sunlight more efficiently than ever before.
Early step towards eliminating forever chemicals from the environment.
Quantum magnets could radically improve future electronics.
In the future electronics could generate their own power through changes in matter states.
New method could produce batteries more efficiently.
Cement and carbon combined with water can be used to store energy.
- The July 2023 NOAA Global Climate Report has been released and the trends for the month are, to be honest, a bit scary. The July 2023 average global surface temperature ranked the highest on record since 1850. Many countries, including the Caribbean, South America, Peru, and Tasmania experienced their warmest July on record. South America experienced its highest monthly temperature anomaly (nearly +4 degrees Fahrenheit) of any month ever recorded. For the fourth consecutive month, global ocean surface temperatures set a record high. In fact, the waters were so warm they set a monthly sea temperature anomaly record (+1.78 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Ahoy Mateys!! Did you know that September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day? Our piece this month is a bit different than usual, as we’re not focusing on one specific article. Rather, we’re checking out a website that’s a treasure map to a collection of interesting articles. Our Google search of the month was “Pirates and GIS”, and it led us to discover the Davey Jones’s Locker website – a real internet treasure chest. Davey Jones’s Locker was originally a physical laboratory space run by Dr. Dawn Wright (aka Deepsea Dawn) of Oregon State University from 1998 to 2013. The lab focused on marine and coastal GIS projects. Today, although the physical lab has shut down, the site remains active. It provides a plethora of intellectual booty for curious individuals, namely links to lots of different scholarly publications (both books and articles) about the oceans and GIS. We particularly enjoyed An Inspiring Journey to Map the Deepest Part of the Ocean, which was published by ArcNews in the fall of 2022. In the piece, Dr. Wright shares about her journey to the Challenger Deep – the deepest part of the Marina Trench – and how she helped collect data to create maps of these sections of the ocean. Drop anchor at Davey Jones’s Locker and get lost in the depths of marine GIS knowledge!
- Last month we checked out the online GIS resources of for New Hampshire’s third largest city, Concord. This month we should be looking at GIS resources for New Jersey’s third largest city, Paterson. However, the city lacked online GIS resources, so we’re skipping on to Rio Rancho, New Mexico’s third largest city. Rio Ranch’s GIS system is easy to navigate with a nice collection of online materials.
Rio Rancho, NM Website
Rio Rancho, NM Contacts (GIS is part of the Public Works division, general contact information is found on the right side of the page)
Rio Rancho, NM GIS App
Rio Rancho, NM NJ GIS Map Collection
Rio Rancho, NM GIS Direct Downloads