For years Bangladesh and India fought over who owned the 2 mile long, 1.5 mile wide piece of land known as New Moore Island in the Bay of Bengal, but according to oceanographer Sugata Hazra, “What theses two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming.”
New Moore Island was swallowed by the sea less than a month ago. This is not the first time an island in the Bay of Bengal has disappeared into the ocean, in 1996 Lohachara became submerged, displacing its inhabitants onto the mainland. These islands are “sinking” due to the ever increases rising of sea level. According to AP, up until the year 2000 sea level rose only 0.12 inches per year but now, ten years later, the sea rises 0.2 inches each year. This rise puts ten other islands around New Moore Island at risk of meeting the same fate.
The country of Bangladesh is at risk as well. It is estimated that 18 percent of the country’s coastline will be completely under water by 2050, forcing 20 million people out of their homes.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.