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Breakthrough in Solar Cell Efficiency

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The EETimes is reporting that there has been a major breakthrough in the efficiency of solar cells. Up until now, solar cells have only operated at between 12-18% efficient. Through a grant from the DOE, Boeing-Spectrolab has managed to over double or triple that to 40.7% efficiency. That’s pretty impressive. This means solar cells can […]

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Redrawing the Map of Ancient Earth

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I saw this MSNBC article and thought it would be great to highlight for the last day of Geography Awareness Week,since we hadn’t done too much on Physical Geography. Apparently geologists have identified a piece of the Appalachian Mountains in Mexico, in an outcropping of rock known as the Acatlan Complex. The Appalachian chain of […]

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How do you want your geospatial weather data

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The National Weather Service is seeking input on its geospatial data services, and would like you to offer comments here. They recognize that “While most NWS information is geospatial in nature, the NWS does not yet systematically provide that information in GIS-ready formats.” They are looking for input on what types of weather data, geospatial […]

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‘The World’ Video

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I know that Dubai’s newest artificial islands ‘The World’ made a round of the blogs including a mention on the podcast a while ago, but I had not seen this GREAT promotional video until tonight. Take a minute to check the ingenuity/insanity that is The World in this WMV video. The World Video

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$3billion For Global Warming

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Sir Richard Branson has promised all profits from his travel companies to combat global warming. The anouncement was made at former President Clinton’s Global Initiative. The money is supposed to be used to fund more efficent fuel technologies, which sorta makes sense for travel company profits. That’s a heck of an expensive gauntlet to throw […]

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Breathing Earth

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Breathing Earth is a website which displays near real-time data on birth and death rates around the world on a map interface that also shows carbon emission rates. Their data is taken from UN and World Factbook figures available through Wikipedia, although not necessarily the most recent (the carbon dioxide emission rates were from 2002, […]

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Back to the Future!

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Yeah, it’s 80’s movie reference day around here (at least for me). Some scientists down under have decided to see if they can figure out what global warming is really doing… by creating a “climatic time machine“. The idea is to artificially induce years or even decades worth of climate change on a mini-ecosystem, in […]