Concrete v. climate change

Plus: Twins
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In today's edition:

// Concrete

// COVID (heard of it?)

// Giant wind turbine

// Russian permafrost

World's biggest permafrost crater in Russia’s Far East thaws as planet warms | Reuters

“Stunning drone footage has revealed details of the Batagaika crater, a one kilometre long gash in Russia's Far East that forms the world's biggest permafrost crater.


In the video two explorers clamber across uneven terrain at the base of the depression, marked by irregular surfaces and small hummocks, which began to form after the surrounding forest was cleared in the 1960s and the permafrost underground began to melt, causing the land to sink.”

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A massive 16 MW offshore wind turbine is now online in China | Electrek

“Mingyang Smart Energy‘s MySE 16-260, the world’s largest offshore wind turbine, is now operating at full capacity – and it just withstood Typhoon Talim.


The Chinese wind turbine maker announced yesterday that its MySE 16-260 was commissioned on a LinkedIn post. The 16 MW offshore wind turbine, which is at the Mingyang Qingzhou 4 offshore wind farm in the South China Sea, has a rotor of 260 meters (853 feet) and a swept area of 53,902 square meters (580,196 square feet).


The MySE 16-260 can produce 67 million kWh of power annually, enough for an astonishing 80,000 households, reducing CO2 by 56,000 tons.”

Had COVID but no symptoms? You might have this genetic mutation | Nature

“At least 20% of people who become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus never feel sick. Now scientists have identified a genetic mutation that is linked to a higher likelihood of avoiding symptoms during infection.


This mutation might give an advantage to the immune cells of people who have previously been exposed to ‘seasonal’ coronaviruses, which cause the common cold. That extra boost means the immune system can quickly track down and destroy SARS-CoV-2 before it goes haywire trying to defend against the pathogen, says Jill Hollenbach, an immunogeneticist at the University of California, San Francisco, who co-authored the report. It was published on 19 July in Nature.”

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The latest weapon against climate change is concrete |

“Carbon removal is a hot topic in sustainability, with many companies involved in direct air capture. But now, a Dublin company is turning surplus concrete into a low-cost, carbon removal tool via a process called 'enhanced weathering'.


Silicate is the first enhanced weathering company to leverage the massive carbon removal potential of surplus concrete. This is the first time concrete has ever been used in this way.”

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//Quiz: What zodiac constellation found in the northern celestial hemisphere has a name that means "twins" in Latin?

What zodiac constellation found in the northern celestial hemisphere has a name that means "twins" in Latin?

And no, it’s not the “Scharzenegger-DeVito Constellation” in case you were wondering.