Category: Technology

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.

New candidate for ‘missing element’ in Earth’s core

Scientists believe they have established the identity of a “missing element” in the Earth’s core.

New insights into fluctuations of wind energy, with implications for engineering and policy

Windmills in the ocean. Photo: Sergiy Serdyuk/iStockphoto

The amount of energy generated by renewables fluctuates depending on the natural variability of resources at any given time.

Giant repository of park data will include almost 14,000 cities

One of the largest collections of park data ever assembled will be the centerpiece of a website scheduled for release next year.

Gravity waves over China

These ripples are high in the upper atmosphere.

Sharing Earth observation satellite data to help understand our planet

Since the launch of the first Earth-observing satellites in the 1970s, numerous missions from international space organisations have taken to the sky. Today, decades of data are helping scientists to build a better picture of changes to our planet.