DAA Weekly Reading List: What Does NASA and Wine Have in Common?

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What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’re following these stories and think you should too!

An Astronaut Walks Into a Bar…

wine grapesAt Draper Aden, as the preferred engineering partner of the Virginia Wineries Association, we take personal interest in Virginia wineries. With over 300 commercial and noncommercial wineries contributing approximately $750 million a year to Virginia’s economy, wine production is turning other heads in the Commonwealth, including that of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton. Teaming with the Virginia Wine Board, NASA is using its Landsat 8 satellite to “create digitized maps of about 250 commercial vineyards, providing more accurate information on the number and size of operations and offering vintners useful information on if and where they should plant next.” To learn more about why these maps may make a difference in the region, visit The Daily Press.

Trickle Down Effect

succulentIn mid-May, Washington D.C. mayor Muriel E. Bowser and D.C. Water chief executive and General Manager George Hawkins signed modifications to the $2.6 billion D.C. Clean Rivers Project to create “green infrastructure” development to combat stormwater runoff. From porous pavement to roof gardens planted with sedums, Washington D.C. will lead the nation in utilizing green solutions in stormwater management. With the hope of over 100 new jobs for D.C. residents and the goal of eliminating the strain on D.C.’s sewage and rainwater “combined sewer pipe,” the D.C. Clean Rivers Project is the first of its kind to address sustainable stormwater management on such a large scale. Read more about the Project at The Washington Post.

The Sweet, Sweet Sound of…Bats?
Brown-Bat-50-transpOccasionally, our geologists work with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in karst topography that includes caves. Of course, within those caves, we often find bats (generally the Little Brown Bat or Big Brown Bat) which are then counted and analyzed for white nose syndrome. While we’re familiar with the use of echolocation in bats (those clicks and pings we hear), we were surprised to find out that many bats across the globe actually sing—-like birds. Curious to hear some of their songs? Robert Krulwich has you covered over at NPR.

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