Category: Technology

New radar scanner tests wind turbine blades for defects

Thanks to the innovative radar scanner, defects in the material composition of the wind turbine blades can now be detected with far greater accuracy and visualized in a cross-sectional view, thereby saving costs in production and operation.

How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

Open hardware systems could make robots more affordable and easier to build

Battling corrosion to keep solar panels humming

Researchers are studying corrosion to help industry develop longer-lasting photovoltaic panels and increase reliability.

Four Reasons Why The Goes-R Weather Satellite Is A Game Changer

In the field of meteorology there are occasional game-changing technological advances that lead to improved storm monitoring and weather forecasts.

$40 billion a day for solar super-storms

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) reported on January 18, 2017 that electricity blackouts from an extreme space weather event

The Eye In The Sky Gets A Brain That Knows What It’s Seeing

Deep learning and AI are turning millions of satellite images of Earth into usable data, helping insurers and aid groups alike to do their jobs.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon, dies aged 82

US astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, has died, his family and Nasa announce.

Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy

A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel.

Solar power to rise from Chernobyl’s nuclear ashes

Chinese companies plan to spend $1bn building a giant solar farm on land contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, reports Climate News Network

New method to remove nickel from contaminated seawater

Aerial view of agriculture land with lakes and streams for irrigation.

The same deposit that builds up in many tea kettles or water pipes in areas where calcium-rich water is the norm might be just the (cheap) ticket to rid contaminated seawater of toxic metals.