Monthly Archives: December 2010

Detecting Noise Pollution in the Sea

The Applied Bioacoustics Laboratory (LAB) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has developed the first system equipped with hydrophones able to record sounds on the seafloor in real time over the Internet. The system detects the presence of cetaceans … Continue reading

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New botanic database holds a million plant names

Capping the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity, botanists in Britain and the United States on Wednesday unveiled a library of plant names aimed at helping conservationists, drug designers and agriculture researchers. The database, accessible at, identifies 1.25 million names … Continue reading

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Boom for Location Based Service in China

China’s location-based services (LBS) market boasted three to four million active users by the end of the third quarter this year. China is already home of more than 30 LBS companies, many of which are growing at a decent clip. … Continue reading

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Ground-Source Heat Pumps:Air Conditioners in Reverse

Our quest to find alternative sources of energy is leading us to new frontiers.Ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs), often called “geothermal heat pumps,” are devices to exploit the relatively stable temperatures found just 5 feet (1.5 m) or more below the … Continue reading

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