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Feb 6, 2023

Scientists discover a new type of amorphous ice

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We’ve got a new kind of ice on the block – medium-density amorphous ice (MDA).

It’s amorphous, which means that the water molecules are in a disorganised form instead of being neatly ordered like they are in the ordinary, crystalline ice you find floating in your Scotch on the rocks…

Amorphous ice is super rare on Earth, but scientists think that it might be the main type found in the frigid environment of outer space – because ice wouldn’t have enough thermal energy there to form crystals.

Feb 5, 2023

China begins single-capacity 16 MW turbine-powered wind farm construction

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The offshore wind farm is expected to lower China’s carbon dioxide emissions by 1.36 million tonnes and claims to provide more than 1.6 billion kilowatts of power annually.

China claims to have begun the construction of its first extensive offshore wind farm using 16-megawatt turbines on Saturday.

This represents a significant change from the smaller, less effective turbines that China’s offshore wind farms have often employed, claimed a report on Sunday by China Global Television Network (CGTN), a state-run media.

Feb 4, 2023

China: New hypersonic generator ‘capable’ of powering future weapons

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“If this technology finds an application in power generation, we may owe the hypersonic weapons a big ‘thank you,’” says a researcher.

A team of researchers from Beijing has created a generator “capable” of converting hot gas at hypersonic speeds into a powerful electric current.

The researchers claimed that the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) generator yielded more than ten times the power generated in previous experiments.

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Feb 4, 2023

No power needed: groundbreaking color e-paper display looks like pure magic but isn’t

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Permanent color poster-size electronic display is a reality but it comes at steep price.

Feb 4, 2023

Scientists Find New Method To Make Wood Transparent

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In a bid to make wood stronger and lighter than glass to move towards an energy-efficient future, a team of researchers at the University of Maryland has found a new way to make wood completely transparent which they believe to be better than the previous techniques.

The paper, published in the journal Science Advances, details the making of their transparent wood which was found to be 50 times stronger than the ones made using the conventional way.

Feb 3, 2023

Scientists Find the Holy Grail: the Reason Why Lithium-Metal Batteries Fail

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We always knew they’d power the EV revolution… if we ever learned why they short circuit. Mission accomplished.

Feb 2, 2023

Meet BMW Electric Wingsuit — the future of individual flying is now

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This is the BMW electric wingsuit 2021.

BMW Group will present the first electric drive system for a wingsuit with which the centuries-old dream of flying can be realised in a completely novel way. The innovative drive module and the likewise entirely newly designed wingsuit were developed in a cooperation between BMW i, Designworks and the professional wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann from Austria. His maiden flight with the Electrified Wingsuit by BMW i was visually captured in an elaborately staged video documentation. The spectacular film, which will be seen for the first time in the run-up to the #NEXTGen 2020, shows impressively how BMW eDrive technology is able to make a lasting change to the individual mobility experience.

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Feb 2, 2023

Discovery of new ice may change our understanding of water

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Researchers at UCL and the University of Cambridge have discovered a new type of ice that more closely resembles liquid water than any other known ices and that may rewrite our understanding of water and its many anomalies.

The newly discovered ice is amorphous—that is, its molecules are in a disorganized form, not neatly ordered as they are in ordinary, crystalline ice. Amorphous ice, although rare on Earth, is the main type of ice found in space. That is because in the colder environment of space, ice does not have enough thermal energy to form crystals.

For the study, published in the journal Science, the research team used a process called ball milling, vigorously shaking ordinary ice together with steel balls in a jar cooled to-200 degrees Centigrade.

Feb 2, 2023

10 biggest world threats of 2023, ranked | Ian Bremmer

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Rogue Putin is the biggest risk of 2023. Here are the other 9, explained by global political expert Ian Bremmer.

Read more of Eurasia Group’s top risks for 2023 ►

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Feb 2, 2023

Seqenenre Tao, the pharaoh who died in battle

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Seqenenre Tao was the pharaoh who ruled southern Egypt in the late 17th dynasty, roughly between 1,558 and 1,553 BC.

That was a troubled time. The Hyksos (whose name in ancient Egyptian was Heqau-khasut, “the rulers of foreign lands”) occupied the northern part of Egypt and took Avaris (present-day Tell el Dabaa) as their capital during a time called the “second intermediate period” (1650−1550 BC).

Although the pharaohs maintained power over the south (with capital in Thebes), the entire territory was forced to pay tribute to the invaders.

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