Citizen Science

 

Citizenscience.gov is an official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the U.S. government. The site provides a portal to three key assets for federal practitioners: a searchable catalog of federally supported citizen science projects, a toolkit to assist with designing and maintaining projects, and a gateway to a federal community of practice to share best practices.

Some of the projects include topics like Animals, Archeology and cultural, Biology, Climate and weather, Disaster response, Ecology and environment and many more.

Explore the 300+ projects in the catalog, follow the how-to: step-by-step process to plan projects with the toolkit, and join in with their community to learn more about what is going on!

(Visit Source link here!)

Taking Space

The HabitatMap & AirCasting Blog have come together for a space to collectively crowdsource live streaming air-quality data. Last November, New York city has even been leveraging AirBeam Data to Inform Policy Decisions!
New York City recently committed to implementing a “zoned” collection system for the commercial waste sector. By dividing the city into zones and having commercial carting companies bid to service each zone, the city’s study found that the number of miles traveled by private collection vehicles will be cut by an astounding 49 to 68 percent!  This is a win for both the private carting companies, which will be able to achieve dramatic efficiencies in operations, and everyday New Yorkers, who will have to contend with less noise and air pollution.
(Source: {Taking Space} )
If we are able to optimize the trash zoning over in more mega-cities, this could make a big impact on pollution  worldwide.

Kirigami-inspired Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed solar cells that are lighter than ever before, modeled after “kirigami,” the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting.

A team of engineers and an artist developed an array of small solar cells that can tilt within a larger panel, keeping their surfaces more perpendicular to the sun’s rays.

“The beauty of our design is, from the standpoint of the person who’s putting this panel up, nothing would really change,” said Max Shtein, associate professor of materials science and engineering. “But inside, it would be doing something remarkable on a tiny scale: the solar cell would split into tiny segments that would follow the position of the sun in unison.”

(Source link: University of Michigan)

Powur

“To change things, don’t try and fight the existing reality, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

Now that solar energy has  become comparable if not cheaper than other natural resources we are seeing the emergence of new disruptive and decentralizing organizations such as Powur.

Powur, founded by Jonathan Budd, is a company that offers the opportunity to help accelerate the adoption of solar energy worldwide and build a life-changing part or full time income.

In the last 5 years, solar costs have plummeted over 80 percent. Charles Thompson (Powur Executive Advisor) states that there is now real competition in the monopoly utilities model. Powur is now able to sell clean energy to homeowners that is cheaper than their utilities and is also something they own and control from their own home.

If over a million homeowners in the United States have switched to solar already and the cost is continuing to drop for production and installation, just imagine how  many homes will have switched to solar in the next 5 years.

For more information and a video on Powur visit their page here.

A thanks to Ishmael Brassard as well for coffee! You can contact him with questions as well.

Spatial Effect Generator

The SEG, also originally know by the name Searl Effect Generator, is a small portable device, approx 1 meter in diameter, which generates 15 kWh you can use to power any device which runs on AC or DC voltage. It requires no other source of fuel other then free floating electrons, which exist everywhere in nature, it is modular in design allowing you to stack units together and contains magnetically suspended bearings which produce no friction allowing it to essentially last forever. It can power anything from vehicles, homes, businesses, urban or remote. Connect enough together and you could even power an entire city!
How does it work?

The best way to describe how the SEG works is to compare it to a concept we already understand fully, a Dam.

  • Water in its usable form flows through the Hydroelectric Dam = Electrons in the Neodymium in their usable form flow through the dielectric layer (Electron Dam or Regulator).
  • As the water is allowed to flow through the motor-generator, it starts to produce electricity = As the electrons are allowed to flow, the SEG motor-generator starts to produce electricity with external C-shaped electromagnets.
  • The water behind the dam is understood = The electron behind the SEG dam should be understood likewise.
  • That the dam holds back water in H2O currents is understood = That the SEG dam holds back electrons within the Neodymium in electrical currents should be understood likewise.
  • As the hydroelectric motor is regulated with flow of water, more water, more power is understood = As the SEG motor regulates the flow of electrons, more electrons, more power can be understood just as well.
  • In both cases the flow of the medium turns the motor generator.
  • In both cases the motor generator produces electricity.
  • In both cases we can see that hydroelectric power and SEG power are very similar.
  • The primary difference is the medium used to turn the motor/ generator system.

There are so many negative electrons out there…and they are just looking for a positive place to go.

(Bad punny joke, I couldn’t help it!)

(Visit their website for more detailed description of the process as well as a 5 minute video by Professor John Searl and Fernando D Morris followed by a animated short to help complete the picture. Source: SEG Magnetics)

Habitat Map

HabitatMap is a non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health. Their online mapping and social networking platform is designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning and strengthen ties between organizations and activists working to build greener, greater cities. Participants are encouraged to utilizing their shared advocacy platform to:

  • Alert the public to environmental health hazards
  • Hold polluters accountable for their environmental impacts
  • Highlight urban infrastructures that promote healthy living
  • Identify future opportunities for sustainable urban development
  • Promote policies that enhance equitable access to urban resources

By polluting the environment we end up polluting ourselves in turn. Now, we can measure it and have the ability to share the information globally.

Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

There is a recent movement going under the name of MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) and the hashtag #UNITEBYLIGHT which aspires to protect the Arctic and in turn the planet as a whole.

“We no longer live in an era with the luxury to consider one isolated region as separate from the whole. What happens in the arctic affects our entire world.” Parvati.org

MAPS is launching a 24-month long marketing plan to develop a narrative that will reach governments worldwide. Through the power of social media, supporters and increasing ecological awareness they aim to make the goal for MAPS a reality. Their first phase of business is the realization of MAPS which will be accomplished through publication of  compelling media narratives and high-quality artistic experiences that support a global shift to a sustainable future. Visit their website Parvati.org to show your support for this not-for-profit dedicated to a healthy world!

Victory for Standing Rock!

nodapl_victoryAfter four months of active demonstrating, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has brought the push of the Dakota Access Pipeline to a halt. A victory that resonates with tribes and supporters across the globe.

“Today, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.

Tribe members and environmentalists feared damage to local water supplies and the desecration of sacred land.

They argued in court that the pipeline “crosses areas of great historical and cultural significance” and “crosses waters of utmost cultural, spiritual, ecological, and economic significance.”

The tribe successfully mobilized national support, with demonstrators marching in Washington DC and elsewhere to pressure the government to abandon the construction. (Source: BuzzFeed)

Follow the source link above for more detailed info on the win!

Purple Air: Real-time Air Quality Map

purpleair_airqualitymap(Above) A look at the PurpleAir Map broadcast of air quality in different city regions of the US.

According to their website, PurpleAir states that they are creating “an air quality monitoring network built on a new generation of Laser particle counters. PurpleAir Sensors use WiFi to report local air quality in real time to the PurpleAir Map.”

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As you can see above, the readings range from green (good) to a deep purple (hazardous). Keep in mind that these readings of the AQI (Air Quality Index) are real-time and often can vary between Good and Moderate or Warning and Unhealthy for example. They also provide charts to show the change over hours and days among other information you can check out on their website.

PurpleAir has available to purchase and register your own PA-II Dual Laser Air Quality Sensor to contribute to the data that is being reported real-time through a network of sensors.

Magnetic Water-Cleaning Technology

A hydro-magnetic system, the first of its kind, was made by the scientists at Omni Enviro and installed in the Sochi River near the Black Sea in western Russia. This system is a hydro-technical structure installed in the river and is described as “a running/flowing type” of magnetic water treatment plant.

Within a few hours of the hydro-magnetic system’s operation in the Sochi River, the scientists, as well as thousands of other people who had come to see this experiment, witnessed unique changes.

One change was that shoals of fish could be seen swimming from the direction of the sea towards the water that had flowed through the magnetic system. Because magnetic water coagulates particles floating in the water causing them to sink to the bottom, the water becomes much clearer with visibility improving markedly. Witnesses claim that there were so many fish in the river, it was impossible to see the bottom even though the depth of the river in that area is no more than 1.5 meters.

Widespread interest in the hydro-magnetic system in Sochi lead Omni Enviro to build a complex called a “Magnetic Quay” and located it on the banks of the river.

This complex includes a “Magnetic Coffee Shop”, and a gallery exhibiting magnetic devices. Company representatives are always available at “Magnetic Quay” to explain to tourists the everyday use of magnetic technologies. (OmniEnviro Source link: https://www.omnienviro.com/environment/rivers-lakes.php)

Check out their website for more research and video testimonials! Does this mean fish can swim in cleaner water? Are there any adverse effects in using this magnetic technology?