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4/13/2021

New Zealand's Ministry for the Environment and the Northland Regional Council are teaming to improve water quality in four waterways around around the city of Whangarei. By preventing livestock from entering the waterways and planting river banks, experts believe bank erosion can be prevented while water temperatures are optimized.

4/13/2021

The nonprofit ACRES Land Trust has acquired 38 acres on Indiana's Little Elkhart River to preserve its wooded wetland and farmland. The newly named Wesdorp Nature Preserve provides habitat for wildlife and native plants that include blue flag iris and green dragon.

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The Associated Press
4/13/2021

Ironton, Ohio, has hired Jon Sites as its environmental compliance coordinator, part of whose job is bringing the city into compliance with MS4 requirements. Sites will be focusing in part on disconnecting homes from their direct connections to the city's stormwater system and overseeing the city's efforts to meet its stormwater management goals.

4/13/2021

An independent dispute resolutions officer has ruled in favor of a resident of Fletchers Lake, Nova Scotia, who protested an increase in her stormwater bill to $847.88 from $58.49 in one year due to 6% of her property being zoned commercial. Utility Halifax Water is appealing the decision, and a reversal could affect thousands of other property owners.

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CBC News (Canada)
4/13/2021

Manufacturers are making industrial motors and drives that are more efficient, safer and compatible with smart sensors. Permanent magnet technology is replacing standard induction motors, servo control is becoming standard and digital twins are increasingly popular, writes Aaron Hand.

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Motors
4/13/2021

Successful implementation of a computerized maintenance management system begins with clearly establishing the initiative's goal and how it fits into the company's strategic planning, writes Scott Rojas, a senior consultant at Fluke Reliability. "A healthy CMMS implementation plan requires preparation, creating a blueprint and an implementation plan, carefully shepherding data transfer, system confirmation, and training to go-live and beyond to sustainment activities," Rojas writes.

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Rojas
4/13/2021

Offshore wind procurement is helping New York make good strides toward its climate goals and efforts to foster a clean energy industry, says Adrienne Downey, principal engineer for offshore wind at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. In an interview, Downey discusses factors that shape New York's approach to offshore wind, including climate, cost and participation from the public and private sectors.

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ASME
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Adrienne Downey, Downey
4/13/2021

Researchers at the University of Freiburg and a startup company have developed a technique makes injection molding with glass possible with polymer granules containing particles of silica glass. Once molded and washed, the parts are baked to remove the polymer and fuse the glass in final form.

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Core77
4/13/2021

AlgaeCell has licensed photobioreactor technology from the University of Arizona that supports industrial-scale production of microalgae and other microorganisms for pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements and vaccines. The photobioreactor's interconnected panel design makes it less expensive and more efficient than single-panel bioreactors, the closed system prevents contamination, and the polyethylene bioreactor material can be reused or recycled, says principal inventor Joel Cuello.

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University of Arizona
4/13/2021

Mechanical engineering graduate Nora al-Matrooshi has been selected by the United Arab Emirates to become the first Arab woman to enter astronaut training. Matrooshi was selected from 4,300 applicants to the UAE's astronaut program and will join three others in training.

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Reuters