CUBED GOES GREEN...
Climate change looks likely to make the weather more difficult to predict but, with the rising interest in the environmental impact of human activity, what we can predict is that green technologies will become increasingly important. This month cubed goes green and takes a look at some innovative eco-friendly technologies that could help in the fight against climate change.
Motor racing isn’t a sport known for its green credentials but cubed discovers an environmentally friendly racing car that doesn’t compromise on performance. The Eco One car developed at the University of Warwick has a top speed of 140mph but if the science is right the car will eventually be 95 per cent biodegradable or recyclable!
The science behind the High Power laser Energy Research (HiPER) project aims to create clean energy by replicating the nuclear reactions in the Sun. Fuelled by seawater and powered by lasers, the process being developed by the scientists working on HiPER could eventually make enough energy from one cubic kilometre of seawater to equal the entire world's oil reserves!
For a greener world to take shape, the development of new green technologies must include those in developing countries. The final story in this month’s cubed explores the SCORE project (Stove for Cooking, Refrigeration and Electricity supply), a versatile eco-stove for rural communities in Africa and Asia that could reduce emissions of pollutants and improve community health at the same time. The powerful vision of the scientists working on the SCORE project raises hopes that green thinking and science may help to make life truly sustainable for everyone.
Visit the green edition of cubed to discover the racing car with an environmental conscience. Find out how laser power could generate clean energy. Or explore how an environmentally friendly stove could provide sustainable solutions in developing countries.
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Dune ecosystem modelling
23.06.2017 | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau
Understanding animal social networks can aid wildlife conservation
23.06.2017 | Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.
Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...
Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.
Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...
Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.
As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...
Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.
With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...
Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine
Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...
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