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Phragmites Landfill Invasion

by nicholas | 3 days ago | 6 | 112 views | 2

What I want to do Freshkills Park, formerly a landfill, is under invasion!!! An invasive plant species known as phragmites is slowly starting t...

What I want to do Freshkills Park, formerly a landfill, is under invasion!!! An invasive plant species known as phragmites is slowly starting t...

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EPA and Public Lab Revitalize Urban Waters in New Orleans

by Shannon | 4 days ago | 0 | 192 views | 1

Below is a Press Release issued from EPA Region (original release can be found here). Additional information on EPA Urban Waters grants in the Regi...

Below is a Press Release issued from EPA Region (original release can be found here). Additional information on EPA Urban Waters grants in the Regi...

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$25 minimal-helium balloon mapping rig

by natevw | 19 days ago | 5 | 480 views | 2

What I want to do I'm going to try out a low-budget/lo-fi balloon rig to see if it's worth anything. $5–15 for a keychain camera, e.g. http://...

What I want to do I'm going to try out a low-budget/lo-fi balloon rig to see if it's worth anything. $5–15 for a keychain camera, e.g. http://...

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Youth Balloon Mapping Workshop (second draft)

by mjain26 | 21 days ago | 2 | 308 views | 0

My first draft Here is the link to my first draft of the curriculum and materials. My attempt and results Previously, I made a first draft of a ...

My first draft Here is the link to my first draft of the curriculum and materials. My attempt and results Previously, I made a first draft of a ...

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KAP Rig for Mobius Action Cam

by code4maine | 12 days ago | 3 | 270 views | 1

What I want to do I want to design an aerial photography rig specifically for the Mobius Action Cam . The camera's slim design requires a verti...

What I want to do I want to design an aerial photography rig specifically for the Mobius Action Cam . The camera's slim design requires a verti...

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Infragram kite mapping at Fab10 Barcelona

by warren | 13 days ago | 12 | 330 views | 0

I held two workshops at Fab 10 (http://fab10.org) where we launched an Infragram Point & Shoot (a modified Mobius Action Cam) above the D-Hub a...

I held two workshops at Fab 10 (http://fab10.org) where we launched an Infragram Point & Shoot (a modified Mobius Action Cam) above the D-Hub a...

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stabilise a lift sled kite

by RoderickRead | 17 days ago | 3 | 310 views | 3

Stabilise sled kites to provide a steady instrumentation lifting platform even in chaotic wind fields I knew that Mothra arch kites are very stabl...

Stabilise sled kites to provide a steady instrumentation lifting platform even in chaotic wind fields I knew that Mothra arch kites are very stabl...

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Off-wind kite flying & Redstone Rigging in Augusta, WI

by mathew | 26 days ago | 1 | 432 views | 2

Dogs are totally pro-kite. Stephanie, Tom, myself, and our entranced canine audience. All ground photos courtesy of Stevie What I want to do We...

Dogs are totally pro-kite. Stephanie, Tom, myself, and our entranced canine audience. All ground photos courtesy of Stevie What I want to do We...

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A Retrospective of Spectrometer Design Ideas 2011-2014

by mathew | 7 days ago | 0 | 328 views | 0

Here is a history of public lab spectrometer research ideas up to the present. There is really no analysis here, just a catalog. The above pictur...

Here is a history of public lab spectrometer research ideas up to the present. There is really no analysis here, just a catalog. The above pictur...

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A New Orleans Event

by stevie | 12 days ago | 2 | 397 views | 1

Join us for an evening of exploring spectrometry! Could you identify a substance just by looking at it? By smelling it? By touch? Or dare you tast...

Join us for an evening of exploring spectrometry! Could you identify a substance just by looking at it? By smelling it? By touch? Or dare you tast...

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Spectrometer slit width thoughts

by warren | 16 days ago | 5 | 350 views | 0

What I want to do I'd like to propose a couple changes to the optical slit based on observations. The slit is fantastically precise but for low-li...

What I want to do I'd like to propose a couple changes to the optical slit based on observations. The slit is fantastically precise but for low-li...

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Oil testing spectrometry workshop at Fab 10

by warren | 16 days ago | 5 | 453 views | 1

I ran a small session on developing the oil test kit spectrometer yesterday in Barcelona (http://fab10.org). Basically, we've been trying to design...

I ran a small session on developing the oil test kit spectrometer yesterday in Barcelona (http://fab10.org). Basically, we've been trying to design...

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South of France Forest monitoring

by DroneGo | 1 day ago | 3 | 94 views | 0

What I want to do Develop a tool with Drone (Quadcopter), InfraRed camera, in forestry theme My attempt and results want to discriminate trees (...

What I want to do Develop a tool with Drone (Quadcopter), InfraRed camera, in forestry theme My attempt and results want to discriminate trees (...

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Live Infragram

by lucenk | 6 days ago | 6 | 249 views | 2

I want to be able to tap into a video feed of NRG images being processed live in real time. I am working in the patch-based programming environmen...

I want to be able to tap into a video feed of NRG images being processed live in real time. I am working in the patch-based programming environmen...

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Using a RAW image to calibrate a JPEG image

by nedhorning | 11 days ago | 0 | 283 views | 4

I wanted to test a calibration work flow that involved calibrating a RAW image and then use the resulting image as a reference to calibrate a JPEG ...

I wanted to test a calibration work flow that involved calibrating a RAW image and then use the resulting image as a reference to calibrate a JPEG ...

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yellow sky

by GreenLeaves | 11 days ago | 0 | 219 views | 1

This was shot near our office.

This was shot near our office.

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Thermal Fishing Bob Presentation from the NE Barnraising

by Kaya9804 | about 1 month ago | 3 | 630 views | 1

For anyone interested, here is the presentation from the Thermal Fishing Bob demo that I led at the NE Barn-Rasing this past weekend. If you have ...

For anyone interested, here is the presentation from the Thermal Fishing Bob demo that I led at the NE Barn-Rasing this past weekend. If you have ...

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Making Pedagogy: Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops

by Sara | about 1 month ago | 0 | 873 views | 4

Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops A striking example of how scientific data can be beautiful, this “data rich i...

Reflections on Northeastern University Thermal Fishing Bob Workshops A striking example of how scientific data can be beautiful, this “data rich i...

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Successful Thermal Fishing Bob Maps!

by Sara | 3 months ago | 0 | 1,289 views | 1

What I want to do I wanted to work with my undergrad courses at Northeastern this semester to further develop the Thermal Fishing Bob project and ...

What I want to do I wanted to work with my undergrad courses at Northeastern this semester to further develop the Thermal Fishing Bob project and ...

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Open-Lux REV-N: Full Circle

by donblair | 3 months ago | 3 | 1,330 views | 1

(This is a quick note to post materials I've gathered after updating the Open-Lux design -- will flesh out this research note tomorrow ...) Summar...

(This is a quick note to post materials I've gathered after updating the Open-Lux design -- will flesh out this research note tomorrow ...) Summar...

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