Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: Judith Sternbach | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Climate Change | Tags: Annual Climate Statement, Australia, Australian Landmark, Bureau of Meteorology, Climate Change, Rising Ocean Temperatures | No Comments »
Australia has just sweltered through its hottest year on record, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. Average temperatures were 1.20 degrees Celsius above the long-term average of 21.8C, breaking the previous record set in 2005, the bureau says in its Annual Climate Statement.
The country recorded its hottest day on January 7 – a month which also saw the hottest week and hottest month since records began in 1910. A new record was set for the number of consecutive days the national average temperature exceeded 39C – seven days between January 2 and 8, 2013, almost doubling the previous record of four consecutive days in 1973 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought | Tags: Department of Sustainability and Environment, Eastern Bentwing Microbats, Flying Mammal, Microchiroptera, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Science News, United States Army, Victoria's Microbat Program, Wee Jasper | No Comments »
During Australia’s sizzling hot summer months, there’s no better place to be than underground, especially if your a pregnant Microchiroptera, or Microbat.
While we may not be aware of it – microbats are seldom seen – these tiny creatures play an important role in controlling urban insect numbers, eating up to half their weight in bugs each night.
Every summer tens of thousands of female Eastern Bentwing Microbats migrate to limestone caves in southern New South Wales to deliver and rear their pups.
There are very few remaining breeding grounds for large colonies of this vulnerable species, females Bentwing Microbats migrate up to 300 kilometres to roost.
Researchers are using some pretty unusual technology to track and monitor these colonies, missile tracking software from the United States Army :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: NASA | Tags: Curiosity Rover, Mars, Mars Rover, NASA | No Comments »
NASA’s Curiosity rover has dug below the Martian surface, and for the first time uncovered direct evidence of what used to be a freshwater lake. There is no water left where the lake once was, but drill tests and chemical analysis of fine-grained rocks by the Curiosity robot’s science tools suggest conditions were right for the lake to have once supported microbial life, perhaps as long as 3.6 billion years ago.
NASA’a latest findings provide the strongest evidence to-date that Mars could have held life to take hold, according to the report in the journal Science :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 6th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Astronomy | Tags: David Peterson, Favourite New Thought, Youtube Video | No Comments »
It’s been a week of speechless moments, a time taken over by imagery. Capping the week off is an edit by David Peterson, and though it’s hard to go wrong with any image shot from the International Space Station, Mr Petersons’s edit of time lapse images is an appropriate way to round off a speechless week, my words are worthless here, check the video :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 4th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: SPACE, SpaceX | Tags: Falcon 9, ISS, Partnership Boeing Lockheed Martin, SES SA, SES-8, Space Exploration Technologies, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance | No Comments »
Private space exploration company SpaceX has successfully launched an unmanned rocket carrying a satellite, giving it a potentially game-changing stake in the $190 billion global satellite industry.
The 22-story rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies – SpaceX – lifted off from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday evening.
Two previous launch attempts last week were scuttled by technical glitches, including a last-second abort on Thursday.
Perched on top of the rocket was a 3,175-kilogram communications satellite owned by Luxembourg-based company SES SA, which operates a 54-satellite fleet, the world’s second-largest.
The satellite, known as SES-8 – worth more than $US100 million – will be positioned to provide television, broadband and other communications services to customers in India, China, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: Sally Parker | Filed under: Renovation Planning | Tags: Advanced Product Design, ARCHITECTURE, Atlas Copco, Cement, Concrete Deconstruction Robot, ERO Concrete De-construction Robot, Good Design News, Green Building, Green Concrete, Omer Haciomeroglu, Renovation Planning, Sweden's Umeå Institute | No Comments »
Concrete has been used in construction for almost 3,000 years, it is THE most versatile building material on the planet, it’s also the least green. Our use of concrete in building is beyond extensive, by weight you’d need every other building material combined, then doubled to get even close to our reliance on this versatile composite.
The next most used substance on the planet is water, of which concrete also consumes an unhealthy amount of.
The main component of concrete is cement, the manufacture of which is one of the major contributors of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Cutting back on our use of cement and concrete is a hardship, the stuff is tough and relatively cheap compared with alternatives.
Recycling concrete is becoming much more common, in of itself however, it’s not such a green practice. Concrete demolition usually ends up with as much discarded landfill as recyclable product, and once concrete reaches the recycling yard it’s reprocessing takes almost as much energy as making the stuff from scratch.
Imagine a machine, a robot that could recycle concrete structures without all the heavy machinery, a single deconstruction process. World meet Omer Haciomeroglu’s ERO Concrete De-construction Robot :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Health Warning, Parechovirus | No Comments »
Australian GPs are being urged to be on the look out for a new virus, called Parechovirus – HPeV – that affects infants and has not been seen in Australia before.
About 20 babies have been diagnosed with the gastro and respiratory virus, which usually only causes fever, rash and diarrhoea but in severe cases can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis.
New South Wales Health – NSWH – says all 20 cases of HPeV have so far been in children aged under 16 weeks. Parents and doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms.
HPeV is a ubiquitous virus that is transmitted from person to person via direct and indirect routes. It is the cause of paralytic poliomyelitis, a disease that has been eradicated from most western nations :: Read the full article »»»»