Almost all of the global internet traffic invariably will find itself moving through a data centre. Data centres are massive, warehouse-like structures that are packed with servers – computers that are designed to offer data and services to the users that are connecting to them. These huge centres are what powers the world’s internet, allowing for instant and global access at any time of the day.
When we think of ‘engineering’, what first comes to mind is the mechanical and electrical side of engineering – such as construction, electrical plants and the like. However, what people’s minds often don’t think of – when it comes to engineering – is that this practice happens as well in the medical field.
When one speaks about ‘engineering innovations’ and the continents which were responsible for developing these, Africa is not one of the continents which readily comes to mind.
However, while they may not have been responsible for developing a particular technology from scratch, Africans have taken already-developed technology. They have adapted it to the needs of their people.
Climate change is a problem that we can no longer ignore as a whole, and we’re beginning to feel the harsh impacts of deforestation and carbon emissions, such as the latest global pandemic. And while there are countless people complaining about the world coming to an end, there are just as many that are working to fix the problems that we are facing.
Many of these solutions come in the form of advanced engineering projects designed by some of the world’s sharpest minds. These are projects that are years in the making and will hopefully make the world a better place for all.
When major technological advancements are happening at a near breakneck speed, expectations are that the world would be rapidly pushed forward into a science fiction future. There is only one problem with that; the technology, no matter how promising, has to catch on in order to succeed.
The internet is nothing more than one massive, global network that almost every single functioning device in the world is currently a part of. But large amounts of the traffic that these devices generate needs to be stored safely, along with the countless terabytes of information that we collectively produce during any given day.
This is truly the age of information, and nothing is more of a testament to that than the incredibly huge data centres that can be found across the surface of the planet. These are modern, temperature-controlled structures that house endless banks of servers, all working together as one to provide different services to millions of people at once. Continue reading “The World’s 5 Largest Data Centres”
Climate change is the biggest challenge that the human race has ever face, and it’s going to take all of our innovation and technology to avert the worst of what’s to come. One of the largest problems we’re dealing with is excess carbon in the atmosphere, more than our planet is able to successfully pull out.
Carbon is excellent at trapping heat, meaning that more and more heat is being trapped in the atmosphere and causing global temperatures to increase. Scientists and engineers around the world are currently working on projects to try and capture the carbon emissions that we output every year, and there are some truly promising concepts being investigated.
When we look at the smartphones that we carry around with us every day, it’s incredibly easy to forget the decades of engineering that went into making them work as smoothly as they do. In fact, they are thousands of times more powerful than the computers that sent the first people to the moon, and if Moore’s Law is to be followed, smartphones will continue to get more and more advanced.
We’ve come a long way since the early days of mobile technology – giant phones that had limited reception and all they did was make phone calls. In 2020, the phone you carry around in your pocket is more powerful than the average computer of twenty years ago. It can also do a lot more than those computers.
Traditionally, we’ve planted almost all of our crops in the ground, usually in loamy soil, and for the most part, it works well. Unfortunately, many years of mono-culture systems has left much of our arable land quickly eroding, losing the nutrients in the top soils that are necessary for the growth of planet life.