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There’s always a lot happening at FGBC and in the world of green building. Here, we’ve assembled information that will keep you abreast of recent developments in our organization and throughout our industry. We hope you find the news links interesting and helpful, and the event calendar a timely resource to help keep you plugged into other opportunities where you can continue to enhance your knowledge on the subjects of green building and sustainability.

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Exploring Jupiter's moon, Europa, possible with silicon-germanium transistor technology
[Sep 30, 2022] Europa is more than just one of Jupiter's many moons -- it's also one of most promising places in the solar system to look for extraterrestrial life. Under 10 kilometers of ice is a liquid water ocean that could sustain life. But with surface temperatures at -180 Celsius and with extreme levels of radiation, it's also one of the most inhospitable places in the solar system. Exploring Europa could be possible in the coming years thanks to new applications for silicon-germanium transistor technology research.

Webb, Hubble capture detailed views of DART impact
[Sep 30, 2022] Two of NASA's Great Observatories, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, have captured views of a unique NASA experiment designed to intentionally smash a spacecraft into a small asteroid in the world's first-ever in-space test for planetary defense. These observations of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impact mark the first time that Webb and Hubble simultaneously observed the same celestial target.

The road to future AI is paved with trust
[Sep 30, 2022] The place of artificial intelligence, AI, in our everyday life is increasing and many researchers believe that what we have seen so far is only the beginning. However, AI must be trustworthy in all situations. A new project has drawn up a research-based roadmap intended to guide research funding bodies and decision-makers towards the trustworthy AI of the future.


Top Environment

New data reveals severe impact of European contact with Pacific islands
[Oct 1, 2022] Pacific island nations suffered severe depopulation from introduced diseases as a consequence of contact with European vessels, a new study shows. The research indicates population declines were a lot larger than previously thought and shows a big reassessment of the impact of globalization in the 19th century.

How are birdsongs composed? Listening to the Australian pied butcherbird
[Oct 1, 2022] An international collaboration between musicians and birdsong scientists has found that in the Australian pied butcherbird songs surveyed, the order of song elements is strongly related to rhythmical timing.

Evidence of social relationships between chimpanzees, gorillas
[Sep 30, 2022] Drawn from more than 20 years of observations at Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, researchers documented lasting social ties between individual chimpanzees and gorillas that persisted over years and across different contexts.