Environment

Cork Harbour Sea Shanty

Sound art duo Softday released As I Roved Out One Morning, a sea shanty musical piece in collaboration with Sirius Arts Centre, Hannah Fahey, and the Softday Deep Water Singers that highlights the dangers of the proposed incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour. The duo worked with the Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment to gather information, field recordings, conversations, and transcripts of An Bord Pleanála oral hearings to use as input to the piece.

Natrium Molten Salt HALEU Nuclear Reactor

Nuclear reactor company Natrium, which is backed by Bill Gates' Terrapower, has received a US$80m Department of Energy grant to build a demonstration reactor by the mid 2020s. The 345MWe reactor can power 225,000 homes and uses molten salt as an energy storage and transfer system, which is safer than pressurised water and removes the need for a large amount of concrete shielding.

BBC Winterwatch

BBC Winterwatch is back this week & next on BBC Two at 8pm every night from Tues to Fri. aside from being a fascinating and enjoyable hour long TV show about nature and animals during Winter, they also have a set of live wildlife cameras viewable online from 10am to 10pm each day. Make sure to check out the 15-20 thousand starlings roosting at night under Aberystwyth pier!

Iron As Renewable Fuel

Working with researchers from TU Eindhoven, the Swinkels Family Brewers in The Netherlands are the first to employ at scale the burning of Iron as a renewable fuel. Finely ground iron powder burns cleanly at high temperatures and produces iron oxide (rust) as its only emission. Best of all, this rust can be reenrgised back in to iron powder using electricity, for use as a combustable source of energy again!

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