June 2012

This gadget could be something fun and simple to use as an educational tool with kids,  and could help take citizen science to another level!

– Jeremy

For years, scientists have talked about putting sensors into cell phones to be able to collect environmental data on everything from air pollution levels to radiation levels. The collection of sensors placed all over would round up data that stationary sensors just can’t get. However, actually getting sensors into cell phones is a bit harder — even if you want one in your own phone to sense environmental data for yourself, it’s not so easy. At least not until now.

Sensordrone is a Kickstarter project that has already received nearly double its funding goal, sitting at $41,000 with 38 days left to keep fundraising. It’s clear that there is a serious interest in the ability to sense environmental data in your own environment. And this tool can sense so many things, including gasses, temperatures, humidity and more.

Read more at Treehugger.com


Dodging quicksand and rattlesnakes, Ted Mouras will spend Saturday morning walking along a five-mile stretch of a remote section of southeastern Arizona’s San Pedro River Basin in triple-digit heat for the annual wet/dry mapping of its water levels. A retired Army officer, he has volunteered annually to help the Nature Conservancy and its partners determine how the prolonged drought in the Southwest and the depletion of aquifers from local use affect the river.

Equipped with GPS technology, sturdy hiking boots and plenty of water, Mr. Mouras and more than 150 other volunteers will fan out to collect data along the more than 220 miles of the river basin, from its headwater streams in Mexico to the confluence with the Gila River near Winkelman, Ariz. The San Pedro’s tributary streams, some of which lie thousands of feet above the river and its valley, include the Babocomari River, Aravaipa Creek, Hot Springs Canyon, Ramsey Canyon and Los Fresnos in Mexico.

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