How engineers are fighting the war on waste

JAKE DEAN | July 30, 2019

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Straws and other single-use plastics are the poster children for the world’s wasteful ways. In Australia, we consume billions of single-use plastics each year, with most ending up in landfill. But it’s not just plastic harming the environment. In 2016-17 Australia generated 67 million tonnes of waste, including 17 million tonnes of masonry building materials and 14 million tonnes of organics food and garden waste.

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Including STEM engagement in U.S. COVID-19 recovery efforts

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In addition to their core research work, many Federal science agencies have a mission to engage the public with current scientific research; educate Americans in science, technology, engineering, and math; and seed tomorrow’s workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes the importance of providing tools for the public to evaluate scientific information, bolstering community science literacy, and engaging the public in conversation about scientific issues.

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AI in Real-World Robotics

Article | July 19, 2021

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Lake Zug East: Switzerland's Longest Construction Site Completed

Article | July 30, 2021

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15 sites in the frame to become home to the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant

Article | May 15, 2021

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has revealed the long list of sites under consideration for development of the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant.An open call for sites to host the Spherical Tokomak for Energy Production (Step) facility was opened last year and compliance check of those nominated has led to publication of the long list. According to the UKAEA, moving fusion from research and development to design and delivery is an important part of the UK’s ambition to be a world leader in sustainable, low-carbon energy. Fusion has the potential to provide an abundant source of low-carbon energy by copying the processes that power the sun and stars. UKAEA has said that this new technology will play an important role alongside established renewable technologies such as wind and solar.Step programme director Paul Methven said: “STEP is about building on the amazing science done over decades in fusion and translating that into a real prototype power plant that paves the way for this fantastic new energy source.

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