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Water Birds Reveal New Direction for Aircraft Landing Research

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August 8, 2013
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Research into the landing behavior of water birds has revealed that they appear to align with magnetic field lines to choose their preferred landing direction, which is usually along the north-south axis. Czech scientists say the research could assist in improving landing navigation systems for aircraft, helping to prevent accidents when planes land close to water.


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Spain: The Battle Over Water

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Deutsche Welle (Aug. 21, 2013) As a result of the economic crisis, many municipalities in Spain have sold their public water utilities to private companies. Now some local communities are finding out that the water supply networks are no longer being maintained properly and that water quality is on the decline. By the end of the year, about 60 percent of water utility management will be partly or entirely in private hands, making Spain the frontrunner in water privatization within Europe. Some experts are already calling it a "water bubble, and communities that are still trying to sell their water utilities are no longer able to obtain top prices. Now some communities are trying to regain public control over their water supply.
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Jellyfish Power Prepares for Lift Off

Jellyfish Power Prepares for Lift Off

Reuters (Dec. 4, 2013) Drone developers are increasingly attempting to mimic the flight mechanics of birds an insects for the next generation of miniature, autonomous aircraft, but one researcher in New York, has found inspiration in the sea rather than the air. Leif Ristroph of New York University is developing a drone that replicates the pulsating motion of the jellyfish as an alternative drive system for future drones. Sharon Reich has more.
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Calif. Brewery Taps New Technology, Saves Water

Calif. Brewery Taps New Technology, Saves Water

AP (Mar. 13, 2014) With water in short supply in California, one brewery is using new technology to recycle water. Microbes are used to treat the wastewater to generate clean water and energy needed for brewing. (March 13) Video provided by AP
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Smart Phone Case Makers Believe We Want to Get Our Phones Wet

Smart Phone Case Makers Believe We Want to Get Our Phones Wet

TheStreet (Jan. 10, 2014) The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas was flooded with waterproof solutions for your smart phones. Apparently smart phone case makers think we all want to take our phones deep sea diving or at least take them with us in the surf. The solutions ranged from waterproof cases to air tight bags. The goal of each device is to hear your phone ring and answer it all while under water. No tips on not drowning while talking under water or whether the other party can understand your water-muffled talk.
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