Limn a new popular audience journal in Science and Technology Studies recently released it's Third Issue featuring an article on Public Lab written by Megan, JoshMC and myself entitled: Public Laboratories: Designing and Developing tools for Do-It-Yourself Detection of Hazards.
The Issue of the Limn is about Sentinel Devices and includes many other interesting articles on emerging environmental health issues. From the Preface:
ISSUE NUMBER THREE: SENTINEL DEVICES
Preface: Sentinel Devices The polar ice cap rapidly recedes; colonies of honeybees collapse in alarming numbers; androgynous fish are detected in rivers and streams. These reports not only describe recent events, but also function as signs of an ominous and rapidly encroaching future. In this issue of Limn we focus on how this future makes its appearance in the present. Many of the threats we now find most alarming—climate change, environmental radiation, emerging disease, endocrine disrupters, toxic chemicals—are not immediately perceptible to human senses. We rely on non-human indicators, whether animals or detection devices, to alert us to their possible onset. Such indicators can be thought of as sentinels, or heralds of an approaching danger.....
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