Month: August 2020

Palestinian people comb a landfill site in Gaza for scrap to sell.Credit: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty The Chemical Age: How Chemists Fought Famine and Disease, Killed Millions, and Changed Our Relationship with the Earth Frank A. von Hippel Univ. Chicago Press (2020) The Contamination of the Earth: A History of Pollutions in the Industrial Age François Jarrige
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Eric Yuan, founder and chief executive officer of Zoom Video Communications Inc., center, celebrates during the company’s initial public offering at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York on April 18, 2019. Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg | Getty Images Zoom Video Communications shares rose as much as 9% in extended trading on Monday after the
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Several storms may develop this week, and officials are eyeing four tropical systems coming this way. There is currently one off the US coast in its southeast corner, which seems to have the highest chances of developing within the coming few days. Even if Marco and Laura have already gone, officials are still alert for coming weather events detected from the tropics. (Photo:
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HELSINKI — China is making progress with a spaceport to facilitate sea-based launch activity and development of rockets, satellites and related applications. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC), the country’s main space contractor, is developing the spaceport in Haiyang City on the coast of the eastern province of Shandong. The ‘Eastern aerospace port’
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As corporate interest in carbon removal options grows, Puro.earth, a startup from Finland, is offering a twist on carbon marketplaces. Instead of selling and trading credits related to nature-based solutions, its exchange features industrial businesses that store carbon dioxide in products such as biochar, timber construction and other building materials. Puro.earth co-founder Antti Vihavainen said
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched a radar imaging satellite for Capella Space Aug. 30 in the first flight of its Electron rocket since a failure nearly two months earlier. The Electron lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand at 11:05 p.m. Eastern. It deployed its payload, the Sequoia radar imaging
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Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman Snowflake In an era of founder-led tech companies, Snowflake’s Frank Slootman is a corporate throwback. Slootman, 61, is a professional CEO. He’s an operations guru, the leader who turns a jet plane into a rocketship and makes piles of cash for investors, employees, and himself. Along the way, some feelings will get
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A few weeks ago, I wrote a GreenBiz piece about what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can teach us about the moment we’re in right now, based on our latest polling of Americans. At Circularity 2020, I’m talking about how to engage people in recycling, and the two ideas are linked together. The gist is that
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Hurricane Laura is counted among the most powerful storms in US history. In its wake, it ravaged Louisiana, killed six people and left massive damage and destruction. (Photo: Reuters Connect )Workers Bobby Ore and Steve Piersall remove a tree that fell onto a house in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., August 28, 2020. The
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(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)Seaweed has many benefits; it may be able to replace plastic as a future source of fuel and food. Seaweed has many benefits; it may replace plastic as a future source of fuel and food. Seaweed is classified as algae. It is fast-growing, uses energy from the sun, and consumes carbon dioxide and nutrients from seawater. Scientists are suggesting
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WASHINGTON — Masten Space Systems announced Aug. 26 that it signed a contract with SpaceX for the launch of its first lunar lander mission carrying a suite of payloads for NASA. Masten said SpaceX will launch its Masten Mission One, or MM1, lunar lander mission in late 2022. The companies did not disclose the value
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Elon Musk isn’t content with electric cars, shooting people into orbit, populating Mars and building underground tunnels to solve traffic problems. He also wants to get inside your brain. His startup, Neuralink, wants to one day implant computer chips inside the human brain. The goal is to develop implants that can treat neural disorders —
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This illustration depicts how the station would look once built. Arup The planning application for a U.K. rail station that will integrate a number of sustainable design features has been granted approval by authorities, as efforts to “green” public transport infrastructure continue. The building will be located in Solihull, near the city of Birmingham, and
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Cats and dogs are said to be colorblind or see the world in black and white and have more heightened senses than humans. But according to Katherine Houpt, a professor at Cornell’s College of Veterinary of Medicine, but colorblindness is not entirely true.  Here are some things you should know about your cats and dogs:  Colorblindness is not entirely true.
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Veterinarians from the Animal Medical Center in New York City debunked 13 of the most common myths about cats. They explained everything from whether pregnant women can live with cats to what’s actually safe for cats to eat. MORE DEBUNKED: Veterinarians Debunk 15 Dog Myths Pathologists Debunk 13 Coronavirus Myths Pediatricians Debunk 16 Baby Myths
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German auto giant Mercedes-Benz announced its largest order of electric vehicles to date Friday: 1,800 electric delivery vans for retail giant Amazon to use across Europe. The deal shows how companies are increasingly paying attention to ways to decarbonize transportation including buying more zero-emission commercial vehicles. In particular, the market for electric last-mile delivery vehicles
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A plate of Wolbachia-infected mosquito, which were released in an Indonesian city.Credit: World Mosquito Program Epidemiologists typically speak in qualified and caveated language. But newly released results from a trial of a biological technology that aims to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases have them using terms such as “staggering” and “epochal”. The study, conducted
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Fortnite Source: PlayStation Apple on Friday said it suspended Epic Games’ developer account. It follows a temporary restraining order on Monday evening, in which a judge ruled that Apple can block Fortnite but not Epic’s developer account. However, Apple said it terminated an Epic developer account that does not include the Unreal Engine that’s used
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A health worker immunizes a child during a polio vaccination campaign in northwest Nigeria in 2017.Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Africa is free from wild poliovirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 August — leaving just two countries where the virus remains endemic. The Africa Regional Certification Commission, an independent body responsible for overseeing
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Week in Review Stories discussed this week (6:45). Features Mainstage highlights from Circularity 20 (19:10) This week, GreenBiz hosted Circularity 20, the largest North American conference focused on circular economy issues. We’ll be posting videos for many systems in coming weeks. Meanwhile, here are highlights from four of our mainstage speakers. (A second batch is forthcoming
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By Allison Kubo Graphene is a comprised of a one-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. This sheet can be wrapped into fullerenes, rolled into nanotubes, or stacked to form graphite the same thing uses ing pencils. All of these are made of carbon: diamonds, graphite, graphene are all different arrangements of
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WASHINGTON — NASA has increased the cost estimates for the Space Launch System and its ground systems to the point where a formal congressional notification is required. In an Aug. 27 blog post, Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said the agency was moving ahead with SLS development with the goal
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Finnish town Lahti residents are given rewards such as bus tickets, coffee, or cake should they have reduced carbon emissions.  Reduced Carbon Emission with Rewards The initiative was made possible because of a project called “Citicap,” funded by the EU. A Lahti resident is provided with an app that allows them to track carbon emissions as they move around: whether
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