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Public Lab Community Newsletter February 7, 2014

by warren | February 07, 2014 22:48 07 Feb 22:48 | #10019 | #10019

Hello everyone -- your weekly dose of Public Labbery is here, with a full agenda for the next few weeks of PL-related events. Also -- a variey of spectroscopy-related posts to keep you busy as you huddle inside for warmth... well, if you're anywhere near where I live, that is.

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Sign up for a beta of the Oil Testing Kit for use with your DIY spectrometer:

For an experimental 1 month period, you can get a 10% discount code for posting a research note:!topic/plots-spectrometry/aEoDTuJgpic

Infragram Webcams have now shipped to all backers; retail preorders will begin shipping shortly.

Upcoming events

Feb 8th (tomorrow!) will see a new meetup of the Los Angeles Public Lab community and other local Citizen Science practitioners:!topic/publiclaboratory/ePs_imk-WOk

The third Citizen Cyberscience Summit is happening in London 20-22 February at the Royal Geographical Society and UCL:

Chicago: Join the Public Lab community at the “Uncommon Commons” event on Wednesday February 12 from 10am-1pm. Please say hi if you’re in the area!

New and ongoing projects

Some great early preparation for mapping thermal pollution with a loaned thermal camrea:

Photos and news from last Sunday's busy and exciting "Toolshed-raising" in Somerville, MA:

The recently announced (and named) Riffle project led by Don Blair and others from Amherst MA was written up in the SciStarter blog after last weekend's Somerville event:

Research Note highlights

Kite-mapping flooding in Jakarta:

Spectroscopy: Detecting Pesticides in Organic and Conventional Raspberries using Open Source Instrumentation:

Identifying fat content in milk with DIY spectroscopy:

Hot topics on the mailing lists

Assembling a list of target chemicals to search for in flare monitoring:!topic/plots-spectrometry/kMWs_RjA_eA

Coordinating on sediment testing in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn:!topic/plots-spectrometry/HIxndo8mSFI

Annoucement of an Open Source Gas Chromatograph:!topic/publiclaboratory/ZXZMxj3wYL0

MapBox getting into NDVI/agriculture mapping:!topic/publiclaboratory/a8EFngFSO6Y

Discussion of how to interpret sediment testing results on the coast of Maine:!topic/publiclaboratory/qDPAOvcBJHM

Public Lab in the media

Fast Co.exist covered Public Lab's spectrometry work and the new Homeberw Sensing Project:

PLOS (Public Library of Science) Blog also covers the Homebrew Sensing Project:

Coverage of balloon mapping on the Spanish TV program "La Aventura del Saber":


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