Environment

Green Aircraft Contest Takes Off

Today, the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program and the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation officially announced the Green Flight Challenge. The flight efficiency competition is for aircraft that can average at least 100 mph on a 200-mile flight, while achieving greater than 200 passenger miles per gallon.

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Reinventing the Tuktuk

In large cities across Asia, auto rickshaws (tuktuks) are one of the most important means of transportation. These tuktuks produce considerable CO2 emissions and air pollution, and their drivers are underpaid. Students participating in the Hybrid Auto Rickshaw project sought to cut CO2 emissions by 40%, while improving the economic positions of drivers.

Posted in: Pollution, News, News, Energy Efficiency, Greenhouse Gases

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New Supercomputer Ready to Tackle Earth's Problems

Chinook – a $21.4 million supercomputer built by HP - has been commissioned for use by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Department of Energy. It's primed to take on problems in areas such as climate science and hydrogen storage.

Posted in: Climate, News, News, Energy Storage, Alternative Fuels, Remediation Technologies

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A House Built of Straw

This summer, University of Bath, UK researchers are constructing a “BaleHaus” made of prefabricated straw bale and hemp cladding panels on campus. Straw is a truly environmentally-friendly building material, being both renewable and a by-product of farming.

Posted in: Building Technologies, News, News, Energy Efficiency, Recycling Technologies

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Algae Biofuel Monitor

BaySpec, Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduces a Raman-specific 1064nm spectrometer designed for measuring microalgae, a promising future source of biofuels. Using the NunavutTM spectrometer, researchers were able to overcome issues with fluorescence seen at lower wavelengths.

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Global Ocean Surface Temperature Warmest on Record for June

The world’s ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for June - breaking the previous high mark set in 2005 - according to the NOAA. Additionally, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature for June was second-warmest on record (global records began in 1880).

Posted in: Climate, News, News, Environmental Monitoring

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Funding for Algal and Advanced Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the availability of up to $85 million toward the development of algae-based biofuels and advanced, infrastructure-compatible biofuels. DOE seeks to bring together leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industry, and government to develop new methods to bring new biofuels to market.

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