Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego
Apr04

Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego

The largest construction project in California is the "Hospital of the Future," incoporating best practices in healthcare and green design. It’s one of just two hospitals in the US that bring natural light into operating rooms, for example. Located in San Diego County and designed by CO Architects, the 288-bed Palomar Medical Center opens in August. Some of the design innovations in this 11-story, 740,000-square-foot...

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Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams
Apr04

Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams

by Tina Casey Lockheed Martin has been collaborating with a Seattle-based company called LaserMotive to “refuel” electric aircraft in flight using laser beams that charge batteries wirelessly, and the latest round of testing not only met but beat expectations. The test took place indoors but if wireless laser battery charging can prove successful in the field, it would lay the groundwork for a new generation of electric...

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U.S. Identifies Zones for Solar Development on Public Lands
Apr04

U.S. Identifies Zones for Solar Development on Public Lands

The Obama administration has identified 17 sites on public lands across six Southwestern states that officials say are most suitable for utility-scale solar projects. In a report, federal officials vowed to expedite applications for solar projects on these sites – located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – which were targeted because of access to existing or planned transmission lines, minimal...

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Turbines Ready to Turn at First U.S. Commercial Tidal Energy Plant
Apr04

Turbines Ready to Turn at First U.S. Commercial Tidal Energy Plant

The first commercial tidal energy project in the US was dedicated last week in Maine, and turbines will begin turning in mid-September. It’s the first grid-tied tidal project in the US and the first to sell the electricity through long term power purchase agreements. Portland, Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. will soon lower a generator to the sea floor as part of a network of 20 underwater turbines. "Tidal energy has...

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Recent Policies May Undermine Brazil’s Green Progress, Scientists Say
Apr04

Recent Policies May Undermine Brazil’s Green Progress, Scientists Say

Recent policies enacted by the Brazilian government – including changes to its Forest Code and a push to build 30 new dams in the Amazon region – threaten to undermine critical environmental progress made by the nation over the last two decades, scientists say. In a declaration published after its annual meeting in Bonito, Brazil, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) stated that government policies...

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An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works
Apr04

An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works

by Andrew Meggison While hopes for a high-speed rail line connecting California cities seem to be on life support, New England could be the new home of a high-speed rail line. Even though Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) faces a $161 million budget deficit this year and another $100 million budget deficit next year, this project is getting more attention and support. Amid the financial chaos of the MBTA, some people...

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