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Australian Government Joins US Energy Department in $83m Solar Research Project

Posted: December 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Government Joins US Energy Department in $83m Solar Research Project

Australian Government joins US Energy Department in $83m Solar Research Project

The Australian Federal Government has announced an $83 million solar research program in partnership with the United States. The eight-year project will bring together six Australian universities, the CSIRO and the US department of energy.

Its aim is to create new technology that will reduce the cost of solar power. Australia’s Energy Minister Martin Ferguson says it is the biggest solar energy research investment in Australia’s history :: Read the full article »»»»


China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the Moon!?

Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science Matters | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the Moon!?

China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the MoonOur most favourite behemoth – China – and the worlds second largest economy, are planning on expanding rural production much farther than their earthly borders. The worlds most populous nation is preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the Moon after researchers completed a preliminary test in Beijing.

Chinese state media has reported that researchers are currently testing their wild theory here on earth, four kinds of vegetables were grown in an Ecological Life Support System, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions.

The system, which relies on plants and algae, is “expected to be used in extra-terrestrial bases on the Moon or Mars”, Xinhua news agency. Participants in the experiment could “harvest fresh vegetables for meals”, Xinhua quoted Deng Yibing, a researcher at Beijing’s Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Centre, as saying :: Read the full article »»»»