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New prototype miniaturized solar-power generator developed in Israel will be sent by NASA to the International Space Station in its first launches of 2020. The new generator was designed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s professor emeritus Jeffrey Gordon – funded through a research grant by the Science, Technology and Space Ministry – and by his US colleagues from Pennsylvania State University, University of Illinois, George Washington University, US Naval Research Laboratory, HNU Systems and Northwestern University. Its design and verification were published in the journal Optics Express.

 

Exxon storm

The internal records are detailed in a new investigation published in October, 2015 by InsideClimate News, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization covering energy and the environment, ahead of the Climate Change conference in Paris where, after weeks of negotiations diplomats in France unveiled a landmark deal to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. The accord aims to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius.

 Louvre Pyramid

I M Pei, the architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102. Tributes have been pouring in, remembering him for a lifetime of designing iconic structures worldwide. Pei's designs are renowned for their emphasis on precision geometry, plain surfaces and natural light. He carried on working well into old age, creating one of his most famous masterpieces - the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar - in his 80s.

 Raymond Loewy painting 2

What does it mean to be a celebrated designer? Is it being on the cover of Time Magazine, designing some of America's best-loved exports, or is it something as simple as being recognized with a Google Doodle? Raymond Loewy, one of the 20th century's most prolific and influential designers has now achieved all three, thanks to Google celebration of his 120th birthday a few years ago.. In the same spirit, we've compiled a few of Loewy's most memorable designs:from Air Force One, Lucky Strikes and Coca-Cola — French American Raymond Loewy basically created Americana.

 Future gif

Since the dawn of commercial aviation in the 1920s, the popularity of air travel has grown at an insatiable rate. Today, more 3.5 billion passengers travel by plane each year - equivalent to half of our planet’s population. With technology, design and enhanced fuel efficiency now allowing commercial aircraft to fly faster and cheaper than at any point before, the ever-increasing demand for air travel shows little sign of relenting.