Not long ago, I attended a memorial service on top of the Greenland ice sheet for a man I did not know. The service was an intimate affair, with only four people present. I worried that I might be regarded as an interloper and thought about stepping away. But I was clipped onto a rope,… Continue reading http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/24/greenland-is-melting
Just too hot; a touch too cold. Working in an office building can be a temperature roller coaster, with the dictatorship of air-conditioning systems seeming able to keep people too hot and cold simultaneously.
Engineers are preparing to move an Antarctic research station because it is in the projected path of a crack expanding across the ice shelf. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) base was built like a “very long railway train on skis”, allowing it to be moved with relative ease, but scientists did not expect to have… Continue reading http://www.independent.co.uk/news/antarctic-research-centre-towed-inland-to-avoid-ice-chasm-crack-growing-expanding-bas-british-survey-a7467211.html
A zero-emissions train that runs on just steam and condensed water has successfully completed its first test run in Germany. The Coradia iLint is the world’s only fuel cell passenger train, according to its French makers Alstom, who design environmentally-friendly rail solutions.
Japanese brand Muji has unveiled its design for a compact nine-square-metre prefabricated house, which will go on sale later this year.
Nigel Gifford makes drones with a difference. His humanitarian UAV, the Pouncer, is designed to deliver food aid in disaster zones – by being edible itself. That may sound unlikely, but Gifford, 70, has a history of succeeding with unconventional projects. He’s the Somerset-based engineer behind Aquila, the Wi-Fi-beaming drone bought by Facebook in 2014… Continue reading http://www.wired.co.uk/article/edible-pouncer-drone-humanitarian-aid
If you find yourself in a terror attack similar to the ones that hit Paris, do not play dead. That’s part of the grim new guidance (pdf) being issued by the UK National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (Nactso). The document outlines what to do in “response to a fast-moving incident such as a firearms or weapons attack.”