A team at Stanford University has developed a double-layered solar panel that can generate electricity and cool buildings at the same time. The device has a conventional upper layer, while its bottom layer consists of materials that produce an interior cooling effect by transforming a building's thermal heat into an infrared wavelength that can be passed through the atmosphere and into space.
ASME and President Said Jahanmir are the subjects of the cover story of this month's GineersNow digital magazine, now available online. In the article, "ASME: Advancing Engineering to Improve Quality of Life," Dr. Jahanmir discusses ASME's mission, vision and the many programs ASME has established to serve the engineering profession.
Erosion issues produced by storm waves have forced the closure of beach access at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. The damage was compounded by Lake Michigan levels that are well above average.
Voters in Los Angeles County have narrowly approved a parcel tax, dubbed Measure W, to address stormwater problems. The tax is expected to raise about $300 million a year for projects that would collect and clean stormwater before it reaches waterways or is stored locally.
The battle against erosion in Florida's historic Fort Dade at Egmont Key will be fought with $10 million worth of dredging of the Tampa Bay shipping channel. The Army Corps of Engineers plans to reinforce the key with the sand removed from the channel, and the project is expected to be finished in five months.
A scheduled project to install erosion controls and a storm buffer could help protect wildlife habits and improve resilience of a section of Massachusetts' Duxbury Beach Reservation. Residents will have a chance at a meeting this month to learn more about the project, which the reservation says is aimed at the section of the beach that is "most vulnerable due to increased wave energy during normal and storm conditions."
Flood recovery projects in Colorado are in danger of missing out on $70 million in federal funding, write four Colorado congressmen, who dispute recent interpretations of Federal Emergency Management Agency rules. The congressmen are calling on FEMA to reimburse counties in the state for recovery projects and provide guidance to ensure funds for pending projects.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline continue to rack up violations in West Virginia, with the latter accumulating 19 so far. The infractions, some without monetary penalties, come as the two natural gas lines face court disputes.
An Indian study evaluates an erosion model that draws on the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation derived from data and observations provided by a satellite and digital model. The model is found to be an efficient tool for erosion assessment in small watersheds, particularly as development demands increasingly impinge on these less managed spaces.
Erosion and landslides can be a considerable risk in Kenya's rainy season. Some farmers are finding a solution by planting bamboo with their hillside crops to anchor the soil.
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