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Illinois Institute of Technology to Establish Trimble Technology Lab for Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

illinois institute of technology to establish trimble technology lab for civil, architectural, and environmental engineering

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., and CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Illinois Institute of Technology has received a gift from Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering’s (CAEE) Construction Engineering and Management Program. The lab will expand the university’s expertise in civil and environmental infrastructure, building construction field systems and project controls and collaboration.
Trimble’s broad Connected Construction portfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes—improving productivity, quality, transparency, safety and sustainability, while reducing waste.
The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students enrolled in the Illinois Institute of Technology CAEE’s Construction Engineering and Management Program hands-on experience with a wide breadth of Trimble solutions. Applications of these solutions include conceptual design, estimating, structural engineering and analysis, project management, and office-to-field solutions. Partnering with Trimble allows the Illinois Institute of Technology to integrate cutting-edge technology into its curricula, empowering graduates to rapidly transform how buildings and living environments are designed and constructed.
“Working with Dr. David Arditi, Illinois Tech’s designated Trimble Technology Lab faculty champion, to establish this newest lab provides a thrilling new addition to our network of universities,” said Allyson McDuffie, director of Education & Outreach at Trimble. ” …

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Environmental report accuses Apple of shortening product lifespan

environmental report accuses apple of shortening product lifespan

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Reported by The Guardian, an investigation by the Environmental Audit Committee is putting pressure on technology giants like Apple to decrease its impact on electronics waste. MPs in the United Kingdom have accused Apple of “built-in obsolescence” with its products, saying that the company intentionally makes its products nearly impossible to repair.

The report by MPs condemns the “built-in obsolescence” in many electronic products – which includes the practice of intentionally shortening the lifespan of products. The inquiry by MPs heard that tech companies such as Apple had been found to glue and solder together internal components, making any repair nearly impossible.

The report goes on to say that, for Apple products, in particular, repairs are so costly and complicated that it leads consumers to replace them instead.

MPs said consumers did not have control over the products they owned, they could not take components out to repair themselves and there were no access manuals on how issues could be fixed. “Instead, the charges proposed for repair by Apple, in particular, can be so expensive it is more economical to replace the item completely,” the report said.

Apple responded to the report, touting its commitment to the environment by pointing out …

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E.P.A.’s Final Deregulatory Rush Runs Into Open Staff Resistance

e.p.a.’s final deregulatory rush runs into open staff resistance

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency was rushing to complete one of its last regulatory priorities, aiming to obstruct the creation of air- and water-pollution controls far into the future, when a senior career scientist moved to hobble it.Thomas Sinks directed the E.P.A.’s science advisory office and later managed the agency’s rules and data around research that involved people. Before his retirement in September, he decided to issue a blistering official opinion that the pending rule — which would require the agency to ignore or downgrade any medical research that does not expose its raw data — will compromise American public health.“If this rule were to be finalized it would create chaos,” Dr. Sinks said in an interview in which he acknowledged writing the opinion that had been obtained by The New York Times. “I thought this was going to lead to a train crash and that I needed to speak up.”With two months left of the Trump administration, career E.P.A. employees find themselves where they began, in a bureaucratic battle with the agency’s political leaders. But now, with the Biden administration on the horizon, they are emboldened to stymie Mr. …

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Beijer Ref takes stake in CO2 refrigeration manufacturer

beijer ref takes stake in co2 refrigeration manufacturer

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SWEDEN: Beijer Ref has expanded its OEM interests with the acquisition of a minority stake in Fenagy A/S, a new Danish CO2 refrigeration technology company.

Headed by Kim Christensen the founder and former CEO of pioneering Danish CO2 refrigeration company Advansor, Fenagy A/S is developing heat pumps and refrigeration systems with CO2 as refrigerant for district heating and industrial applications. It has ten employees, many of whom previously worked for Advansor, and is headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark. 

Initially a minority owner in the company, Beijer Ref has the option to become a majority owner within four years.

Fenagy is in the process of launching a range of heat pumps and cooling systems with capacities from 200kW-1800kW. Sales will initially be targeted at the Scandinavian market, with England, France, the Benelux, Germany, the Baltic states and Poland to follow.

Announcing the investment, Beijer Ref CEO Per Bertland said: “We immediately see that we can have significant synergy effects with our existing organiszation and operations. The Nordic market is at the forefront of the transition to environmental technology that is adapted to the EU’s phase-out programme of F-gases. The fact that we can expand our offer to the …

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BARD Fund Honors UMBC’s Yonathan Zohar For Aquaculture Research With $12B Global Economic Impact

bard fund honors umbc’s yonathan zohar for aquaculture research with $12b global economic impact

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The Binational Agricultural Research Development (BARD) Fund, a partnership program between the U.S. and Israel, has recognized Yonathan Zohar for the economic impact of his research. In a review of more than 1,300 projects funded by BARD in its 40-year existence, the selection committee found Zohar’s to be the project with the greatest impact.

Zohar’s research has enabled high-value commercial fish species such as Mediterranean seabream, European seabass (bronzino), salmon, and striped bass to be grown through hatchery-based aquaculture. This has resulted in an estimated $12 billion in economic growth. A virtual ceremony on November 10 recognized Zohar and representatives of two other projects.

Zohar, professor and chair of marine biotechnology at UMBC, received his first BARD grant in 1985 to investigate how fish reproduction is biologically controlled. Hatchery-based aquaculture was largely impossible at the time, because commercial species would not spawn in captivity. Instead, fish farmers relied on egg-bearing females collected from the wild to supply an often-unreliable source of eggs. Zohar’s work sought to help the aquaculture industry address this bottleneck by enabling captive reproduction.

“Without being able to complete the life cycle of the fish in captivity, namely producing eggs and juveniles, it is impossible to develop …

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Korea is putting innovation and technology at the centre of its clean energy transition

korea is putting innovation and technology at the centre of its clean energy transition

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To help meet the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission today presents the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy. The Strategy proposes to increase Europe’s offshore wind capacity from its current level of 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050. The Commission aims to complement this with 40 GW of ocean energy and other emerging technologies such as floating wind and solar by 2050.

This ambitious growth will be based on the vast potential across all of Europe’s sea basins and on the global leadership position of EU companies in the sector. It will create new opportunities for industry, generate green jobs across the continent, and strengthen the EU’s global leadership in offshore energy technologies. It will also ensure the protection of our environment, biodiversity and fisheries.

Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans said: “Today’s strategy shows the urgency and opportunity of ramping up our investment in offshore renewables. With our vast sea basins and industrial leadership, the European Union has all that it needs to rise up to the challenge. Already, offshore renewable energy is a true European success story. We aim to turn it into an …

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Symphony antimicrobial technology launches on drinking straws

symphony antimicrobial technology launches on drinking straws

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Symphony Environmental Technologies reported on Friday that Colimbian drinking straw manufacturer Promociones Fantásticas has launched its new ‘d2w’ biodegradable and ‘d2p’ antimicrobial drinking straws.The AIM-traded firm said it was the technology partner, with its exclusive distributor Latin Pack the masterbatch supplier.
Promociones Fantásticas had been using d2w successfully in their straws since April 2017.
As it had previously announced, Symphony said testing of d2p samples by Unicamp University in Brazil, according to the ISO 21702 standard, found a virus reduction of 99.9% in one hour, which the board described as “vital” during the coronavirus pandemic.
It said d2p had also been proved effective against bacteria and fungi, which was said to be “critical” as it was a product that enters in direct contact with customers’ mouths, where microbes could be transmitted.
As the antimicrobial properties were embedded in the plastic, they would never wear off, the company claimed.
“We are delighted to continue our long-standing and valued relationship with Promociones Fantásticas, and hope that other, environmentally and socially responsible companies around the world will follow their lead in protecting customers and the environment alike,” said chief executive officer Michael Laurier.
“This follows recent other Symphony d2w …

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Chengdu making strong push to foster next-gen AI technology

chengdu making strong push to foster next-gen ai technology

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According to the plan, Chengdu will invest more than 100 billion yuan ($15.2 billion) in over 170 major projects over two years to support the regional AI industry. It will focus on developing a core area, an innovation hub and several industrial parks.
The core zone is the Chengdu Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, a national-level innovation center in the city. It is projected to have more than 10 billion yuan in AI-related industrial output value by 2022.The Tianfu New Area, home to the Chengdu Science City, will be a hub of AI innovation. It is estimated that the scale of its AI industry will surpass 5 billion yuan in 2022.AI technologies will also be applied in 10 industrial parks including Tianfu Smart Production Industrial Park and Qingbaijiang European Industrial Park to support regional industrial upgrades.In September, Chinese communication technology giant Huawei agreed to build an AI-based big data center in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. The project will result in an integrated big data processing center to serve economic development of Chengdu and its neighboring Chongqing city. There will also be three platforms to support Chengdu’s urban management, AI innovation and digital economy. Huawei’s total investment will be around 10.9 billion yuan.According to local …

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