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FAA Approves Virgin Galactic to Fly into Space
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FAA Approves Virgin Galactic to Fly into Space

August 03, 2016SpaceShipTwo Image Source: Virgin Galactic Space tourism is dawning upon us with Virgin Galactic obtaining an & 39;Operational License& 39; from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) after successfully running taxi tests with their new spaceship, SpaceShipTwo.

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Largest Solar Farm to be Switched On

February 08, 2016In an effort to reduce their reliance on foreign energy and greenhouse gases, Morocco is building the world& 39;s largest concentrated solar power plant. King Mohammed VI hopes to produce half of the country& 39;s power from renewable solar by 2020. Noor 1, the first phase of the gigantic solar farm just opened its doors to start energy production.
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Tracking the sun: trackers for solar power systems

NEXTracker& 39;s solar tracking system (Image: NEXTracker)A solar tracker is a device that orientates a PV system, particularly a large installation such as a solar farm, towards the sun in order to enable it to capture more solar energy than it would otherwise do without such a device. In essence, tracking is about minimising the angle of incidence between incoming sunlight and a solar panel array.
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Can wind and solar power displace coal? Yes, it can - easily

Penallta colliery, South Wales Image: Chris Sampson, Flickr Despite all the success with renewable energy happening all over the world, some people still like to question that success based on flawed information.Let’s take a recent article by John Petersen, for example. In an article published just this week on the Investor Intel website, Petersen talks about power plants providing dependable, consistent and stable electric power.
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The Koch Brothers: A major threat to clean energy

Caricature of Charles and David Koch walking their dog Image Source: Donkey Hotey, Flickr Solar power in the US, and across the world in general, is at its height and is almost at the point of breaking through into the mainstream. However, there is a problem. The global renewable energy sector is being vociferously resisted by major fossil fuel interests, and in America, the infamous Koch Brothers are at the top of the list of organisations trying to destroy it.
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World's Largest Engine has 109,000 HP

Ships used in the international shipping industry require a large engine, producing enough power for an entire town, the Wärtsilä RTA96C-14 does the job.February 20, 2016The global shipping industry is big business, with goods being shipped thousands of miles by sea and land. Emma Mærsk is one of the largest container ships in the world and can haul 11,000 containers.
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Polystyrene Concrete: A Versatile Construction Alternative

March 06, 2016The field of composites used in construction and engineering has grown in recent years as the chemical manufacturing industry has diversified. Polymers and other plastics have begun to be more widely accepted as traditional aggregate substitutes in concrete construction. With this expansion comes the addition of certain thermal and mechanical properties in various composite concretes.
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Building Covered in Smog Eating Concrete

February 15, 2016Pollution is one of the biggest concerns of the world right now, forcing engineers to come up with creative solutions to fight it. The Palazzo Italia is covered in a special smog eating concrete that will clean the air around it. Architecturally beautiful, the building was also featured in the 2015 Milan expo in Italy.
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Europe’s largest onshore wind farms

By Robin WhitlockFebruary 27, 2016An onshore wind farm in the UK Image Source: Steve P2008, Flickr Onshore wind is now one of the cheapest sources of electricity and is still popular among many populations across the world, although perhaps you wouldn’t think so given the criticism from a vocal minority in the US and the UK.
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How effective were the Paris climate change (COP 21) talks?

One of many presentation areas at the Paris COP21 climate change talks in December 2015 Image Source: Le Centre d& 39;Information sur l& 39;Eau, Flickr Three months on down the line, when it comes down to motivating governments to decarbonize their economies, how effective were the Paris COP 21 talks really?
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Madeira Airport: An Outstanding Structure

March 14, 2016In Santa Cruz, Portugal lies an airport with one of the shortest runways in the world with mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. When the airport was proposed, there wasn& 39;t even a piece of land to built a flat runway, so engineers built up the runway on a series of platforms.
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Oil price: Undermining renewable energy? Or not…?

Global clean energy investment 2004-15 Image Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance What impact is low oil and gas prices having on renewables? Actually, it is serving as a stimulus, for a whole set of very good reasons.For several years, energy experts were talking about rising global gas prices (which are linked to the global oil price) and the knock-on effect on consumers& 39; energy bills.
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Engineers Upcycle Carbon Dioxide into CO2ncrete

March 21, 2016Carbon Dioxide emissions are one of the leading causes for global warming, and the struggle has always been how to control such pollution. A team of joint field researchers at UCLA have come together and hopefully found a solution to all that excess CO2 , turn it into concrete! Surprisingly, the concrete industry produces 5 of the total carbon emissions in the world, so this industry could ultimately be made completely efficient.
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19 Amazing Photos of the Hoover Dam's Construction

March 19, 2016Completed in 1936, the Hoover Dam is America& 39;s largest concrete formwork dam and stand as a tourist attraction for people across the globe. Located along the Colorado River in Nevada and Arizona, the tall arch dam took 5 years to complete employing over 5,000 people at peak construction.
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Building Regulations and renewable energy

A Tesla Roadster electric sportscar on charge in an American residential garage Image Source: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr The City of Denver in the US recently changed its Building Codes in order to make it easier, and cheaper, for residents to charge electric vehicles at home. The new electric vehicle readiness requirement obliges all new single-family homes and duplexes in the city to incorporate the correct electrical wiring for electric vehicle (EV) plugs in their garages, the minimum requirement being electrical conduits leading to the electric panel.
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The rising potential of Anaerobic Digestion (AD)

Bygrave Lodge anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Weston Bygrave, UK Image Source: Peter O& 39;Connor, Flickr Anaerobic digestion (AD) involves a number of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen in order to either manage waste and/or generate bioenergy.
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The Future of Building Construction is . . . Manufacturing?

March 30, 2016Innovative construction techniques are changing the way that we build our structures, and even the time it takes to build skyscrapers. China& 39;s Broad Sustainable Building company just completed a Skyscraper at the record breaking pace of three story& 39;s per day. In order to build the skyscraper at such a rapid pace, the company prefabricated everything they could, so when construction began, they essentially assembled it all like a bunch of building blocks.
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This Guy Built A Wooden Radial Engine And Explains How It Works

Radial engines are an internal combustion engine with an odd number of cylinders evenly spaced around a crankshaft, which fire in an alternating order.March 24, 2016At the beginning of the 20th century, the innovation of radial engines came from the conversion of a rotary engine by C. M. Manly. Following this, a few years later, Jacob Ellehammer made the world& 39;s first air-cooled radial engine.
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Stunning Video of a Massive Powerful Wind Turbine

April 03, 2016As the shift to completely green energy occurs more and more, the ability to harness energy in very efficient manners is growing rapidly. Not only this, but the scale of existing green technologies has been grown to accommodate large scale wind turbines and solar farms. Enercon is a German wind turbine manufacturing company that has created the largest, most powerful wind turbine on the market today.
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This Guy Built an Explosive Thermite Launching Cannon

April 01, 2016If you have never met a real life mad scientist, get ready to meet Colin Furze, who has built some pretty amazing things that you can see over on his youtube channel. In his latest endeavor, he has built an air powered cannon that launches thermite missiles, which then explode. We& 39;re not really sure how he hasn& 39;t died at the hand of one of his creations yet, but the explosions and fire certainly keep an audience entertained.
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