Carnivorous marsupial alive and well after being presumed extinct for 100 years

December 18, 2017 by  
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A carnivorous marsupial thought to be extinct for a century has been found alive in the Australian state of New South Wales. The crest-tailed mulgara, one of two mulgara species, is known to have endured in the arid region of Central Australia. Its discovery in Sturt National Park near the northwest corner of New South Wales is a surprise, considering that the crest-tailed mulgara’s presence in the region was previously limited to fossilized bone fragments. Documenting the crest-tailed mulgara’s population distribution was also complicated by the fact that until 2005, crest-tailed and bush-tailed mulgaras were considered to be the same species. The crest-tailed mulgara was one of Australia’s many native species that fell victim to invasive animals . “The crest-tailed mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy desert environments in inland Australia, but declined due to the effects of rabbits, cats and foxes,” said Rebecca West of the University of New South Wales . West’s team at the university’s Wild Desert project discovered the crest-tailed mulgara in New South Wales during a recent scientific monitoring trip. Mulgaras are nocturnal and do not need to drink water , instead gaining the moisture that they need through the insects, reptiles and small mammals that they eat. Related: Google Street View captures the migration of millions of crabs on Christmas Island The mulgara’s rediscovery comes at an opportune time for the team, which is preparing to implement a predator reintroduction and rabbit eradication effort. “The aim of this project is to return mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years in Sturt National Park,” said Jaymie Norris, National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager.“Rabbits, cats and foxes will be eradicated from two 20-square-kilometre fenced exclosures in Sturt National Park, before locally extinct mammals are reintroduced.” Via ScienceAlert Images via Reece Pedler/UNSW and Depositphotos

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India plans to build the worlds largest solar-wind power plant

December 18, 2017 by  
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When it comes to  clean energy , few nations stand out like India . The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest solar-wind hybrid project in the district of Anantapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh. According to Cleantechnica , the plant will have a capacity of 160 megawatts—120 megawatts coming from solar and the other 40 megawatts via wind. And, in line with a pledge to end investment in fossil fuels , the World Bank is putting up $155 million for the project. The massive solar-wind complex will cover roughly 1,000 acres of land and include a battery storage system that will allow it to function around the clock irrespective of wind and weather conditions. Anantapur has struggled with grid failure and power fluctuations in the past and the hope is that the new system will offer a steady, reliable flow of power to residents through energy storage. Related:  India added more rooftop solar in 2017 than the past 4 years combined If all goes as anticipated, the pilot project will be scaled to serve other areas of Andhra Pradesh experiencing grid failures. And while this is not the first time this sort of technology has been proposed, it is the biggest solar-wind hybrid project on the books. The World Bank will work with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the renewable energy agency of Andhra Pradesh, NREDCAP, and Andhra Pradesh Transco, to bring it to fruition. The Andhra Pradesh government is shooting for 10 GW of solar and 8 GW of wind by 2022. Hybrid-wind and solar plants are expected to account for 3GW of the total. Via Cleantechnica Images via Pixabay

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Mysterious radio signals baffle scientists for 17 years, found to be caused by staff microwave

May 11, 2015 by  
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In 1998, astronomers at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, noticed their iconic radio telescope was picking up an odd signal. These signals, known as perytons, continued to be detected once or twice a year, and were described by scientists as “millisecond-duration transients of terrestrial origin.” For 17 years, the best explanation for the signals that astronomers could come up with was that the “reasonably local” interference was in some way connected to lightning strikes. That is, until the astronomers of Parkes Observatory installed a new receiver that was better able to monitor the interference—and with this, they found that the signals were coming in at 2.4 GHz. By no small coincidence, 2.4 GHz is the signature of a microwave . As the astronomers explained in a recent paper “We have identified strong out-of-band emission at 2.3-2.5 GHz associated with several peryton events. Subsequent tests revealed that a peryton can be generated at 1.4 GHz when a microwave oven door is opened prematurely and the telescope is at an appropriate relative angle.” That is, when the telescope is aimed at the kitchen, and someone really wants their cup noodles. Which, at Parkes Observatory, is a phenomenon that occurs once or twice a year. Via The Guardian Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronomy , new south wales satellite , parkes astronomer , parkes microwave , parkes observatory , parkes peryton , parks radio satellie , peryton

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Qatar’s largest labor ‘city’ to hold 70,000 migrant workers

May 11, 2015 by  
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Qatar has announced plans to build seven cities to house the migrant workers on whose backs the 2022 World Cup stadiums will be built. The largest, called “Labor City,” will hold 70,000 people as well as the second largest mosque in Qatar, a mall and clinic, and a 24,000-seat cricket stadium, according to AFP. This announcement comes after a series of damning reports that likened the country’s abhorrent living and working conditions for laborers to modern-day slavery . Read the rest of Qatar’s largest labor ‘city’ to hold 70,000 migrant workers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: foreign workers , HUman Rights Watch , indentured servitude , labor camp , labor cities , Labor City , migrant workers , modern day slavery , News , qatar , workers rights , World Cup , world cup 2022

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UNSW’s Sunswift IVy sets Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle

January 10, 2011 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission electric car powered exclusively by silicon solar cells.

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Solar Car Sets New World Record in Speed

January 7, 2011 by  
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A solar car designed and built by University of New South Wales students broke the Guinness World Record for fastest solar vehicle.

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Solar Bonus Scheme Allows Householders to Farm Energy

January 12, 2010 by  
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Photo: Warren McLaren / Inov8 1 January 2010 might’ve be hangover recovery day for many people.

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Eco Tech: New South Wales’ new wind farm can power 60,000 homes with renewable energy

November 19, 2009 by  
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Eco Factor: Wind farm with an installed capacity of 140.7MW.

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Eco Architecture: University Campus in Tripoli to be powered by an on-site solar plant

November 19, 2009 by  
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Eco Factor: University campus to be powered by renewable energy. Construction on University Zuwarah Technological Campus is underway with the Libyan government giving BRUESA and IAD the final go-ahead.

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Ten robots leading us to a green future

November 19, 2009 by  
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Robots have rapidly evolved from being a fringe phenomenon to becoming an integral part of our lives. Today, almost every car made on our planet has some or the other input from a robot during the production phase. The same can be said for consumer electronics and food processing.

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