Hyperloop: Mass transit within a vacuum!

Man’s desire over the last three centuries to travel faster-and-further has been a tale of innovation and discovery to overcome the boundaries imposed by gravity and distances.

First there were hot air balloons, then the railway bonanza, then the internal combustion engine and automobiles, followed by airplanes (which evolved from cloth, wood, and wire contraptions) through to super-sonic jets, and then more recently fuel powered rockets which convey astronauts deep into the heavens.

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KATRIN experiment: Measuring the mass of a “ghost particle”

KATRIN (Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment) is a programme to measure the mass of the electron anti-neutrino, with sub-eV precision. This experimental work, which is taking place at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will investigate one of neutrino physics’ most important, but still unanswered, questions: “What is the absolute mass of neutrinos?”

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Vacuum Insulated Glazing in Energy Efficient Buildings

Vacuum insulated glazing is an emerging technology aimed at meeting the severe thermal performance requirements of net-zero energy windows. By creating a vacuum between panes of glass, thermal efficiency and sound insulation is maximised as no gas enters the space.

A smart triple vacuum glazing that can be placed over windows of buildings to reduce the thermal transmittance value (U value) of 0.33 Wm-2K-1 (a decrease of 88.21% of U value if compared with triple-air filled glazing) has been developed by Dr Saim Memon. 

The UK domestic housing stock consumes more space-heating energy than any other sector, with 27 million houses in the UK accounting for approximately 66% of total natural-gas consumption. 

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