The world’s first floating farm off Scotland’s north-east coast

The trial Peterhead wind farm, named Hywind, is estimated to provide power to 20,000 homes, with the turbine output expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones. This breakthrough technology will see wind power being harvested in waters that are too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines.

Below: the wind turbines are currently being put in place. Image credit:

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Fast facts:

  • Each tower weighs 11,500 tonnes
  • Turbines can operate in water up to 1km deep
  • Each blade measures 75 metres

UK to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040

In a bid to reduce air pollution, the UK government will put into action a £255 million fund, as well as publishing a court-mandated clean air strategy. This has come after a new order by the courts for the government to act upon the illegal levels of harmful pollutant nitrogen dioxide. To help accommodate such a change, buses and other transport will need to be cleaned, roads may need relayout and road features such as speed humps may need to be added in to smoothen vehicle flow.

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Forget planes – fly on a  $10 000 drone!

A Swedish man has invented a $10,000 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) drone, called the ‘chAIR’, which can lift a person several feet over the ground. The creator, Axel Borg, completed his first successful flight last month. The footage below shows him aboard the drone, navigating through the forest and dodging obstacles without a hitch.

Fukushima: Robot finds what could be melted nuclear fuel

The first images of what could be melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have been captured by an underwater robot. If the findings are confirmed, it will be a major stepping stone in the clean-up operation (from when the power plant was hit by a tsunami in 2011, forcing over 200,000 people out of their homes). Locating fuel debris in each of the damaged reactors is a crucial part of the decommissioning process, which is expected to take many years.

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Image: BBC. Lava-like rocks were found under one of the damaged reactors

The need for speed: Google intends to make the Internet faster

It seems that technology continues to advance at an extraordinary speed, making it difficult for the Internet to keep up. The engineers at Google understand the modern day demand for faster internet, and are therefore looking for alternate solutions. The BBR (Bottleneck Bandwidth and Round-trip propagation time) is a congestion and control algorithm that plays a large role in internet speed. If Google’s engineers can incorporate this algorithm into the system, internet speed could increase and ultimately reduce the minor inconveniences and annoyances of a slow Internet connection.

Works Cited

Harrabin, Roger. “World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland.” 23 Jul 2017.

Harrabin, Roger. New diesel and petrol vehicles to be banned from 2040 in UK. 26 Jul 2017.

Gohd, Chelsea. “Google Wants to Make the Internet Faster. Here’s How.” 24 July 2017.

BBC News. “Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel”. 23 July 2017.

Sohail, Umer. “Swedish Man Creates A $10,000 Drone That Can Carry A Man”. 20 Aug 2017.