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Youth Balloon Mapping Workshop Complete!

by mjain26 | about 5 hours ago | 1 | 24 views | 0

What I want to do I created a balloon mapping workshop for youth. My attempt and results I spent about a month creating the cirriculum. Here is ...

What I want to do I created a balloon mapping workshop for youth. My attempt and results I spent about a month creating the cirriculum. Here is ...

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Phragmites Landfill Invasion

by nicholas | 9 days ago | 8 | 258 views | 3

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 | 10 days ago | 0 | 304 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 | 25 days ago | 5 | 569 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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KAP Rig for Mobius Action Cam

by code4maine | 16 days ago | 3 | 307 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 | 16 days ago | 12 | 369 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 | 20 days ago | 3 | 329 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 | 30 days ago | 1 | 457 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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Spectrometer on a chip

by WhiteRabbit | 2 days ago | 0 | 87 views | 1

I ran across this all-in-one chip while I was just now looking into filter wheels, and I thought you all might find it of interest if you hadn't al...

I ran across this all-in-one chip while I was just now looking into filter wheels, and I thought you all might find it of interest if you hadn't al...

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Detection of Added Sugar in Red Wine Using Visual Light Spectroscopy

by ygzstc | 5 days ago | 12 | 403 views | 6

Introduction Naturally occurring sugar is the sugar found in whole, unprocessed foods, such as milk, fruit, vegetables and some grains. The most c...

Introduction Naturally occurring sugar is the sugar found in whole, unprocessed foods, such as milk, fruit, vegetables and some grains. The most c...

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A Retrospective of Spectrometer Design Ideas 2011-2014

by mathew | 14 days ago | 0 | 396 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 | 19 days ago | 2 | 464 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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Can infragrams provide useful measurements of how thirsty my lawn is?

by WhiteRabbit | about 11 hours ago | 3 | 79 views | 0

What I want to do: Use infragrams, NVDI's, and/or anyting related to evaluate how much drought stress a lawn is experiencing. My attempt and resu...

What I want to do: Use infragrams, NVDI's, and/or anyting related to evaluate how much drought stress a lawn is experiencing. My attempt and resu...

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South of France Forest monitoring

by DroneGo | 5 days ago | 3 | 146 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 | 10 days ago | 6 | 285 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 | 15 days ago | 0 | 326 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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Thermal Fishing Bob Presentation from the NE Barnraising

by Kaya9804 | about 1 month ago | 3 | 651 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 | 2 months ago | 0 | 892 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 | 1,305 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 | 1,344 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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