Brazil declares official end to Zika virus epidemic

May 12, 2017 by  
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It’s time to pack your bags! For the past 18 months, travelers have been wary of visiting Brazil due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus – and for good reason. One of the defects, microcephaly, results in babies being born with abnormally small heads. Because cases have dramatically dropped in recent months, however, officials have finally declared an end to the threat. Between January and April, 2017, the number of Zika cases dropped by 95 percent, compared to the same period a year ago. Additionally, zero people have died this year, compared to eight people between January and April, 2016. This development is what prompted officials to declare an end to the public health emergency. The Guardian reports that during the 2016 Olympics , the threat of the Zika virus was at its peak. Athletes and spectators were concerned they would contract the virus, and one female athlete – a Spanish windsurfer – says she contracted Zika while training in Brazil ahead of the Games. In response to the outbreak, Brazil launched a campaign targeted at eradicating mosquitos in the country. Those efforts have resulted in a dramatic decline of Zika cases. Though the World Health Organization (WHO) lifted its own international emergency in November 2016, Brazil has only now declared an end to the virus – which is transported by mosquitos and sexual contact. Related: Zika virus can remain in sperm for twice as long as previously thought The WHO warns that the virus is “here to stay.” Though a decline in cases is a good sign, the battle will be an ongoing one. Said Adeilson Cavalcante, secretary for health surveillance at Brazil’s health ministry, “The end of the emergency doesn’t mean the end of surveillance or assistance” to those who are affected. She added, “The health ministry and other organisations involved in this area will maintain a policy of fighting Zika, dengue and chikungunya.” Via The Guardian Images via Business Insider , Alabama Today

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Cosmic Messenger records your messages and sends them into outer space

April 15, 2015 by  
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Virgin Galactic’s First Rocket-Powered Flight Breaks Speed Of Sound

May 1, 2013 by  
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Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic – the world’s first commercial spaceline – just announced that its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) successfully conducted its first rocket-powered flight. The test, which saw the rocket-powered spacecraft break the sound barrier, marks Virgin Galactic’s entrance into the final phase of vehicle testing prior to launching its commercial service from New Mexico . Read the rest of Virgin Galactic’s First Rocket-Powered Flight Breaks Speed Of Sound Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: commercial spaceline , New Mexico , Sir Richard Branson , space flight , space tourism , spacecraft , spaceflight , spaceport , SpaceShipTwo , virgin galactic , virgin space        

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Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan

May 1, 2013 by  
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Nemesi & Partners Srl , Proger SpA and BMS Progetti Srl just won an international competition to design the Padiglione Italia pavilion for the World Expo 2015 in Milan . The Italian team’s “Tree of Life” proposal is an energy-independent four-block community hub that features an expansive open courtyard space. Read the rest of Massive Energy-Independent ‘Tree of Life’ Pavilion Unveiled for the World Expo 2015 in Milan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Eco Architecture , green architecture , milan architecture , milan expo 2015 , off-grid architecture , Padiglione Italia , Tree of Life , world expo        

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Oscar Vinals’ XLDron Zero Gravity Rocket Plane Concept Launches Tourists Into Space

December 13, 2011 by  
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Virgin Galactic recently started taking reservations for the first mass tourist trips into space; now designer Oscar Vinals envisions a way to make space tourism possible for the day tripper, with the XLDron Zero Gravity rocket plane. The XLDron is an unmanned ultra-high bypass turbofan engined plane that carries passengers up to 35,000 feet before releasing their separate module, the Zero Gravity, from the craft. The Zero Gravity then uses rocket propellers similar to those on a NASA craft, to take off into near space. Read the rest of Oscar Vinals’ XLDron Zero Gravity Rocket Plane Concept Launches Tourists Into Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 0 Gravity , alternative transportation , commercial space flight , commercial space travel , green spaceship design , green transportation , green vehicle , Oscar Vinals , Richard Branson , rocket plane , space tourism , space travel , ultra-high bypass turbofan , virgin galactic , XLDron , XLDron rocket plane , XLDron Zero Gravity , zero gravity , Zero Gravity rocket plane

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What’s Next: Aircrafts powered by biofuel

October 9, 2011 by  
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Abdul Vahid V: Biofuel airplane Biofuel will aid in significant reduction in carbon emissions without any major changes or modifications of the engines and their functioning As we know it In hope for a zero emission world, various alternative fuel options are developed and tested by the scientists. It will be exciting for you to know that the attempts to fly planes powered by biofuels are successfully in progress. Now you can see several commercial flights doing regular services powered by either pure biofuel or a mixture of biofuel and conventional aviation oil in many parts of the world. The exploration is on steady progress and the efforts to develop completely reliable biofuels are getting huge success. The ultimate result will be that you will be travelling across the continents with no carbon emission at all in near future. Of course, this is what the aviation industry is looking for to fulfill in next nine years, because there is a stipulated deadline of 2020 for carbon neutral growth in the industry. Need for change Biofuel is priced high these days. According to industry experts, biofuels cost four times higher than the fossil fuels as of now. It is mainly because production of biofuel is moving sluggish. There should be more diversified methods and plants to produce biofuels on a regular basis. It will bring down the prices, making usage of biofuel profitable for most of airliners. As of today airliners across the world are keenly looking to meet the carbon emission bound set by the industry itself in the next nine years. The industry that is responsible for two percent of total carbon emissions has set a deadline to bring it down. Most of aircrafts can fly on biofuels. There needs no modification in the engine of most of aircrafts to burn biofuels in them. It makes the efforts quite feasible to fly the aircrafts with biofuels. However, the major challenge is that there are not improved biofuel production units and technologies. In fact, the very production of biofuel is in its nascent stage for the time being. Scientists have not yet spotted suitable stuffs for biofuel production. Biofuel derivation from food crops has hovered huge controversy, and because of that, the researchers are now looking for other alternatives like biodegradable waste and others. What’s next? Here are three possible future biofuel-based flight projects. The technology world has even started of thinking traveling spaceship-carrying rockets powered by biofuels. 1. Virgin Galactic spaceships Spaceships Virgin Fuels is working on biofuels to power the Mothership Eve–the craft that will launch the spaceship into the atmosphere. Space travel is also getting ready to go green with biofuels. Virgin Galactic, the space travel arm of the Virgin Group is working to develop biofuels to power the Mothership Eve to launch spaceships into the space. Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn some years back made sure that within a few years its spaceship carriers would fly powered by biofuels. Virgin Fuels is leading the research to produce the fuel for the purpose. Carbon emission of Virgin Galactic flights will go significantly down making it a sanctified attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation industry. 2. Biofuel powered supersonic rocket plane Supersonic rocket It will use engines fueled by biofuel made from sea-weed to take-off and will switch over to its rocket engines at high altitudes. It is a well-appreciated biofuel effort from EADS, the European Aerospace giant. The project is meant to fly commercial planes on biofuel in speed of better than the sound. However, it is slated to take place in 2050 only. Then, you will be able to travel from Paris to Tokyo in just 2.5 hours on biofuel powered supersonic rocket planes. The flight can cover the air distance of over 12,000 miles or 19,500 km in a rocking speed of 5000 km/hour. 3. Air New Zealand 747 Air New Zealand Air New Zealand is all set to let one of its Boeing 747 be powered by fuel that is derived from a common weed called ‘Jatropha’. The Air New Zealand (ANZ) is working to fly its Boeing 747 powered by biofuel generated from an ordinary weed called Jatropha. You can see this weed growing aplenty in India and Africa. ANZ is to fill biofuel in one of its Boeing 747’s four engines and the other engines with the conventional aviation fuel for test flying. Once succeeded, the airline will completely move on biofuels making a huge cut in its carbon footprint. As the biofuel is made from weed and not from food crops, the attempt gets more attention.

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A Greener Way To Get Into Space: The Bloon

August 18, 2011 by  
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Images credit Bloon Rockets can be dirty things, spewing perchlorates and other wastes. Even when they burn hydrogen and oxygen, there is a huge carbon footprint to liquifying the stuff. The Virgin Galactic will be running on a pretty clean fuel but isn’t perfect. The Bloon may be the cleanest and greenest way to get close to space. It’s a giant balloon that will take passengers 36 km up at a leisurely pace…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Space Tourism Could Exacerbate Climate Change

October 25, 2010 by  
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Last week saw the opening of the world’s first spaceport in New Mexico , and while it may be ushering in a new era of adventure, some scientists believe that space tourism flights could increase changes to the Earth’s climate. The report, which was published in Geophysical Research Letters , stated that commercial space flights would emit large amonts of black carbon (soot) as well as altering global atmospheric circulation and distributions of ozone in the stratosphere. Read the rest of Space Tourism Could Exacerbate Climate Change http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate change space flight , commercial space flight , commerical space flight carbon , space flight carbon , space flight soot , space port new mexico , space tourism , spaceship two , virgin galactic

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Is Virgin Galactic’s Claim To Be Green Reasonable? Actually, Sort Of

March 23, 2010 by  
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Flight photos Mark Greenberg via boingboing It must have been a beautiful sight, the maiden flight of the Enterprise. Burt Rutan says that it “signifies the start of what we believe will be an extremely exciting and successful spaceship flight test program.” The space travel we dreamt of as kids is finally getting close. Virgin also calls it green, saying that in

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Lexus Confirms CT 200h Compact Hybrid-Only Model for U.S. Market

March 23, 2010 by  
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Photo: Lexus Downsizing the Premium Market It’s now confirmed, the Lexus CT 200h hybrid will come to the U.S. in early 2011. It looks kind of like a luxury version of the Toyota Matrix, or the Nissan Versa, but it has all of the premium features expected from a luxury brand, and that’s what makes it interesting

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