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Calabi–Yau_Theoretical Physics of Methane Behaviour




The assignment is related to our methane research for the Self Sufficient studio. The challenge of this exercise is to propose an approach in theoretical design of material at the atomic scale that can maximize the amount of stored of methane in a given volume. The methane molecules are attracted to surfaces, while being repelled from each other. We attempt to simulate the interaction between methane and the Calabi-Yau surface area of a hypothetically ideal “methane-catching” material in a sample volume (scale of a methane molecule: pico meters).

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Having tracked myself for several weekdays I realized that the path I am taking every day is virtually identical, thus I decided to visualize data from the only day of past week which followed a different route, a saturday. While the data set that I was able to extract from iPhone app MyTracks was rather scarce( it did not have any altitude information, readings were taken rather sporadically even at 30-second track pace, it did show quite accurately the essence of the route I followed. The route is not repeating itself, as it reflects my movement on a bike around the central part of Barcelona, with the most time spent nearby Placa Catalunya where I also did some off-bike activities.


Through this self-tracking exercised I have learned several things:

\\ it is worth purchasing apps to collect consistent clean data rather than using free software

\\ frequency of data sample collection must be thoroughly correlated with the means of transportation used the most

\\ the absence of Z-coordinate in the data set takes away from understanding ones movement in a city with great topography like Barcelona


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Mongolia_Hidden Methane Time Bomb

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Global climate change is one of the most important issues facing modern society.

Global mean surface air temperatures have increased approximately 0.68C over

the past century resulting in the retreat of glaciers, thawing of permafrost and

sea ice, increase in river discharge and alteration of terrestrial and aquatic

ecosystems in ways that demand both immediate and long-term societal response

(Overpeck et al. 1997; IPCC 2001; Peterson et al. 2002; Romanovsky et al. 2002;

ACIA 2004; Hinzman et al. 2005; Stern Review 2006).

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