Floating the Energy Boat—Japanese Solar Plants Take to the Water

Floating the Energy Boat—Japanese Solar Plants Take to the WaterIs water the new way forward? While much has been made of wind turbines and geothermal energy in recent years, water-based efforts have been largely sidelined in part over concerns about pollution and in part thanks to government tax breaks for other forms of carbon-reducing power generation. Now, initiatives by both the Kyocera Corporation and device manufacturer Apple are looking to get things flowing again.

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Medieval Cures and Hospital Superbugs: A Potent Solution?

Medieval Cures and Hospital Superbugs: A Potent Solution?Antibiotic resistance. Over the last few years, the term has been popping up more and more frequently in healthcare news stories; hospitals especially are finding it difficult to fight back against new “superbugs” and drug-resistant bacteria infecting their operating rooms and equipment.

Now, researchers at the University of Nottingham and Texas Tech University may have uncovered a medieval cure to this modern malady. Is this the new superweapon in the fight against evolving hospital bacteria?

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Electric Sea Crossing? New Ferry Design Charges Ahead

Electric Sea Crossing? New Ferry Design Charges AheadMixing water and electricity doesn’t usually end well, but marine engineering group Knud E Hansen A/S sees this rocky relationship as a challenge.

According to the Handy Shipping Guide, the company has designed a new ferry capable of making an entire voyage on electric power. Many shipbuilders are following suit, looking for ways to create more eco-friendly, sustainable seafaring options. But all-electric propulsion systems come with their own unique issues especially in terms of maintenance; how do engineers and operators make sure their boats stay afloat?

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How to Avoid Industrial Vacuum Explosions

How to Avoid Industrial Vacuum ExplosionsAre vacuums in your facility at risk of exploding? For most companies, the answer is a firm “no”. But here’s the problem: It only takes a single outlier to turn your shop floor into something resembling a war zone.

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Ineffective Installation: HVAC Performance Suffers When Poorly Handled

HVAC Performance Suffers When Poorly HandledHow efficient is your HVAC unit? According to a recent NIST study, you could spend 30 percent more heating and cooling your home or business if an HVAC system isn’t properly installed. Is it possible to avoid paying more for less?

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