First bike path made from recycled plastic – end of the road for asphalt and concrete? An annotated infographic

An experimental bicycle track made from recycled plastic has opened in the Netherlands as part of a project that could lead to more sustainable roads being rolled out across the country. The 30m test track in the town of Zwolle is made from 70 per cent recycled plastic and the rest from polypropylene, according to an article by The Economist. It will be used to test a product called PlasticRoad, which is being developed by Dutch firms KWS and Wavin, in partnership with French energy giant Total. A second pilot cycleway is being built in the nearby town of Giethoorn. … Continue reading First bike path made from recycled plastic – end of the road for asphalt and concrete? An annotated infographic

Now, that’s what I call high-speed internet: the 5G network coming soon – an annotated infographic

With the first 5G-ready smartphones expected to be released in 2019, mobile phone operators are gearing up to test the new super-fast network. Super-fast mobile streaming could start to appear in some regions as early as next year. Network providers around the world are preparing to test 5G networks throughout 2018, with the first 5G-ready smartphones expected to appear in 2019. If successful 5G will supply broadband-equivalent download speeds over mobile networks. That would put an end to lengthy waiting periods for videos to buffer and web pages to load, and make it easier for future technology to evolve like … Continue reading Now, that’s what I call high-speed internet: the 5G network coming soon – an annotated infographic

Farnborough Airshow preview – real-life Iron Man Jet Suit; Boeing vs Airbus – two annotated infographics #FIA18

At the forthcoming Farnborough International Airshow, British inventor and entrepreneur Richard Browning and his team from Gravity Industries will be giving an aerial demonstration of the Gravity Jet Suit. The $250,000 Gravity Jet Suit has more horse power than a Formula 1 car. Small jet engines mounted on each arm and behind the suit’s back can produce 144kg of thrust to achieve vertical take-off and flight. Using his body as the airframe, Richard’s arms control speed, thrust and direction. Former Royal Marine Reservist Richard Browning founded Gravity Industries in April 2017. Since then the company has grown rapidly and he … Continue reading Farnborough Airshow preview – real-life Iron Man Jet Suit; Boeing vs Airbus – two annotated infographics #FIA18

Longest lunar eclipse this century coming up in late July – an annotated infographic

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century – lasting one hour and 43 minutes – will be visible across wide swathes of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. The total phase of the Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly four hours. This lunar eclipse will be particularly long because the moon will be at its apogee – the furthest point from the earth – causing the moon to move slower, so the eclipse lasts longer. … Continue reading Longest lunar eclipse this century coming up in late July – an annotated infographic

The foldable Samsung Galaxy X – coming soon-ish – an annotated infographic

Samsung has begun mass production of the world’s first foldable smartphone: the Galaxy X. The device will open up to show two internal screens butted close together, forming a tablet-sized computer. The idea of a foldable smartphone has been rumoured for some time and a series of leaks emerging from Asia has fuelled internet speculation about the much-delayed project. The Galaxy X is tipped to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in February 2019. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading The foldable Samsung Galaxy X – coming soon-ish – an annotated infographic

Volcanic heat source found beneath Antarctic glacier – an annotated infographic

While analysing Antarctic water samples, scientists have discovered a substantial volcanic heat source beneath Pine Island Glacier. Elevated levels of helium-3 gas detected in the waters around Pine Island glacier indicate volcanic activity beneath the ice sheet – exhibiting as much as 25 times more thermal energy than a dormant volcano. The volcanic heat source is one more factor to account for when modelling the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Shelf. The shelf’s stability has serious implications for the future of sea level rising. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Volcanic heat source found beneath Antarctic glacier – an annotated infographic

India on brink of worst-ever water crisis – an annotated infographic

India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history, with 600 million people facing acute water shortage, a government think-tank says. The crisis is only going to get worse. By 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people and an eventual 6 per cent loss in the country’s GDP. 21 Indian cities, including New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020. States ranked lowest at managing water – such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Haryana … Continue reading India on brink of worst-ever water crisis – an annotated infographic