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Drilling in India’s Western Ghats

Drilling in India’s Western Ghats

The Western Ghats of India, AKA the Benevolent Mountains or Sahyadri, run parallel to the western coast of the vast subcontinent. The mountains are a biologically diverse world heritage site with over 7,402 species of flowering plants, and 1,814 species of non-flowering ones.

Blurring Human and Robot Boundaries

Blurring Human and Robot Boundaries

The Biomechatronics Unit at the MIT is making progress with its journey towards the end of disability. Prof Hugh Herr heads the program with a remarkable degree of passion as if sensing the need for a solution. If anybody, he should know.

Sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes Tampa

Sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes Tampa

A 200-foot wide sinkhole has swallowed two houses in Land O’Lakes, Tampa in Pasco County, Florida. From where we sit, this is a typical American settlement with a population of 31,154 people when last counted in 2010.

Subsidence Cycles of the Seasons

Subsidence Cycles of the Seasons

Subsidence occurs quite frequently in some areas of the UK, especially in older homes. Indicators are high absorbent clay, and wet winters followed but unusually dry summers. These conditions cause the wet clay to expand further during the damp period, and contract more as it dries.

Replace lead pipes, says Auger

Replace lead pipes, says Auger

Market-leading independent drainage and water supply pipe specialist Auger – serving the UK-wide insurance industry – is calling for lead pipes to be replaced rather than repaired wherever possible. The use of lead in water pipes has been banned since 1970 because of its harmful effects and government advice is that the public should ‘limit [...]