2 years, 2 months agoThe Wired edition selected several best scientific photos for 2015. Under a cat — Pluto, Mars, the polluted river, a blue lava and other photos.
GallifordTry, the company developer of the Antarctic research station Halley VI, had no opportunities to check the work in actual practice so all hope was on computer simulation. And at them everything turned out: the station works since 2013. The certain building stands on hydraulic props which if necessary can be put on skis to move station. Skis are visible in this photo.
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The network of toka electrogas stations put into operation already the third electrorefueling station in Kiev in Ukraine. Motorists will be able to load the electric vehicles on the parking of the Metro supermarket on Grigorenko Avenue in the Ukrainian capital now. However the toka company is not going to be satisfied with what has already been achieved, and is already going to put to the middle of the next year into operation in addition about 50 electrogas stations across all Ukraine.
Germany actively develops a network of the selected cycle roads which thanks to their fitness for fast movement by bicycle just right to call the cycle highway. At the end of December the first five-kilometer section of future bicycle highway opened. If everything goes according to the plan, then the complete length of this road will make about 100 km.
The road will have to connect ten West German cities, including Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm, and four universities. The most part of the road will pass along the thrown railway tracks crossing the become empty industrial Ruhr region.
The head of development group of the region of RVR Martin Tonnes [Martin Toennes] claims that within two kilometers from this road nearly two million people totally live. In the near future they will be able to use the environmentally friendly highway without traffic jams, traffic lights, exhaust gases and a smog.
Long time was considered that stories about huge cephalopod mollusks — inventions of seamen who like to embellish the stories. If you remember, in the Middle Ages even drew pictures where huge octopuses overturned the ships, fir-trees of seamen, attacked even priberezhny zones of the cities. It, clear, fairy tale.
In the 20th century it became clear that huge cephalopods nevertheless exist - it is squids. Seamen and already scientists could imprint then on a photo of these beings. Besides, wounds on leather of the caught cachalots allowed to judge the sizes of some copies of squids — they are simply huge. With distribution of mobile devices with cameras the number of video and a photo with huge inhabitants of oceans considerably increased. One such video was uploaded in the Network recently — the operator managed to photograph travel of a huge squid through the Japanese port in the city of Toyama.
Корпорация IBM совместно с властями Йоханнесбурга и Советом по научным и промышленным исследованиям планирует использовать современные технологии для борьбы с загрязнением атмосферного воздуха в этом городе. Сам Йоханнесбург является экономическим центром Южной Африки, генерируя до 17% ВВП страны. Изначально город был заложен в качестве населенного пункта для работников промышленности — в основном, шахтеров.
С течением времени ситуация изменилась, город стал расти. Сейчас население Йоханнесбурга увеличилось до 4,5 миллионов человек. Контроль за загрязнением окружающей среды здесь ведется, но используемые сейчас системы мониторинга нельзя назвать эффективными, поэтому состояние окружающей среды далеко от идеала. Более того, в воздухе столицы довольно высокое содержание очень мелких частиц, которые чрезвычайно опасны для здоровья человека. Поэтому IBM планирует помочь городу решить эту проблему.
2 years, 2 months ago Scientists are going to use the soil from the desert of Pampas de La Joya which structure is almost identical to Martian soil
The joint project of NASA and International center of potato growing has the interesting purpose. Scientists are going to create similar Martian conditions to try to grow up potatoes. Experiment is made on Earth. If the project is real, then it on a step will bring closer resettlement of the person on the Red planet — potatoes will allow to solve partially a product problem for colonists.
Initially colonists will not be able to provide themselves with food for all 100%. But partially — will be able if learn to grow up potatoes and other plants. In the past scientists already suggested to check a possibility of cultivation of plants on Martian soil, but it were only concepts. Now the project quite real — conditions of Mars are known to scientists, composition of soil in many regions — too. So it is possible to simulate such conditions.
The German regulators approved sentences of the Volkswagen company on correction of operation of diesel engines of production of this concern. After application of these measures, engines will answer environmental standards in the conditions of day-to-day running. The company is going to begin withdrawals of cars in Europe for introduction of corrections in January, 2016.
Operation of engines with an amount of 1,2 and 2,0 liters will manage to be brought into accord with environmental standards simple correction of the software of the on-board computer managing, in particular, functioning of fuel supply systems and an output of the fulfilled gases.
The 1,6 liters engines will require installation of the simple device regulating an air flow in front of the mass air flow sensor. The device will allow sensors to collect more exact information on work of systems of the engine and more effectively to regulate work of the car.
According to Volkswagen, software updating in the service center for each car will occupy no more than half an hour, and updating of the car together with installation of the additional device – no more than an hour.
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Plants use photosynthesis with a chlorophyll for generation of electricity which then remains in the form of the sugars necessary for life. Plants receive energy from the Sun.
At animals other mechanism operates: they take electrons from environment by means of process which is called chemosynthesis: oxidation-reduction reactions in which the chemical compounds rich with energy are oxidized: inorganic, for example, molecular hydrogen, sulfur or organic — carbohydrates, fats, proteins, paraffin, etc.
Generally, still the science knew two ecosystems: fototrofa and hemotrofa. But the Japanese scientists from Tokyo university and the Center of science of the steady RIKEN resources obviously do not like such harmony. Now they study the third ecosystem which was called "electro-ecosystem" (elektrotrofa?). Japanese study the bacteria capable to eat pure electricity.
The American company Green Magic Homes suggests everyone to feel the hobbit. For this purpose it is necessary to purchase only at the company the modular dwelling reminding "house-under-hill", to bring together him and to cover on top with a turf layer. After that, even if on your section there was no hill, it will appear – and you will be able to live in this modern version of a hole. For bigger similarity even doorways and windows are made roundish.
Modules are made from easy and strong (on assurances of the company) material, a composite laminate. In fact, it something like fiber glass of which, for example, modern boats are made. Promise that material is not subject to corrosion, it is not toxic and fireproof.
2 years, 3 months ago
To breathe in Beijing — all the same what to smoke forty cigarettes a day. Therefore the Canadian startup of Vitality Air delivers the last two months cylinders with pure mountain air to China. The first lot from five hundred cylinders was sold in four days, all to the country was sent at the moment by four thousand cylinders.