New model to predict the thermal performance of vegetal façades
After years of monitoring different experimental buildings, a group of researchers from the School of Architecture of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has developed a model that can estimate the thermal ...
Green light for E-ELT construction
The E-ELT will be a 39-metre aperture optical and infrared telescope sited on Cerro Armazones in the Chilean Atacama Desert, 20 kilometres from ESO's Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal. It will be the ...
TransCanada halts pipeline terminal over endangered whales
Oil company TransCanada suspended construction of a terminal on a major pipeline along the St. Lawrence River after Canadian authorities classified a nearby population of beluga whales as "endangered."
New volume documents the science at the legendary snowmastodon fossil site in Colorado
Four years ago, a bulldozer operator turned over some bones during construction at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado. Scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science were called to the scene and confirmed ...
Researchers develop sustainable concrete using plastic waste as a partial replacement for sand
Academics from the University of Bath are collaborating with Indian researchers in a two-year project to create environmentally-friendly concrete that uses plastic waste as a partial replacement for sand.
Research will raise efficiency of construction industry
The Norwegian construction industry is seeking to become more research-based and thus more profitable, productive, sustainable and professional. The Research Council of Norway and a number of relevant R&D institutions are ...
Dam hard: Water storage is a historic headache for Australia
The agricultural green paper released last week proposes 27 new water and irrigation projects, which the government claims will be necessary for Australia's agricultural expansion. The emphasis is firmly on dams, ...
Global boom in hydropower expected this decade
An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce ...
Inspection system for high-strength steels
High-strength steels are in demand as lightweight construction materials. Now Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new inspection system that allows them to examine the materials contact-free. They will ...
New sustainable, flood-resilient construction materials put to the test
Construction companies and academics can now test low carbon construction materials and systems in realistic open-air conditions. The HIVE, based at the University of Bath's Building Research Park, Swindon, is the first facility ...
Radar networks, innovation against occupational hazard
Researchers at UPM have developed an alarm system for construction vehicles with a low-cost radar network that can prevent collisions and improve safety in work environments.
Researchers create global road maps showing potential economic and ecological consequences of new roads
Study finds that human subjects prefer when robots give the orders
If you've seen a sci-fi flick with autonomous robots in the last 40 years, you may be wary of giving robots any semblance of control.
NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'
A U.S. research institute says construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be completed by fall, allowing Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so.