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Hikers Use Smartphones to Capture Fire Recovery on Mt. Diablo

KQED Science | April 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hikers Use Smartphones to Capture Fire Recovery on Mt. Diablo

A citizen science group is asking hikers to use their smartphones help study how Mt. Diablo State Park is recovering from last year's Morgan Fire.

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Engineers Study the Agility of Birds to Improve Robot Flight

KQED Science | July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Engineers Study the Agility of Birds to Improve Robot Flight

Birds are generally pretty good at flying. They turn corners, land on perches. They zip between branches in a forest. They don't get blown over and fall down when there's a sudden gust of wind. Flying robots, on the other hand, could use some improvement.

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San Francisco Bay Shipping Lanes Narrowed to Protect Whales

KQED Science | June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

San Francisco Bay Shipping Lanes Narrowed to Protect Whales

Cargo ships must use smaller shipping lanes when approaching San Francisco Bay to keep from hitting whales. At least 20 whales have been killed and 10 whales have been injured or possibly killed off the California coast since the late-80s.

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UC Berkeley Enlists Citizen Scientists in a Buggy Data Problem

KQED Science | May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

UC Berkeley Enlists Citizen Scientists in a Buggy Data Problem

Scientists at UC Berkeley are asking the public to help transcribe field notes from millions of insect specimens.

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Smartphone Apps Enable a New Phenomenon: the Grassroots ‘Bio-blitz’

KQED Science | May 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Smartphone Apps Enable a New Phenomenon: the Grassroots ‘Bio-blitz’

Traditional bioblitzes often include scientists intensively collecting specimens over a 24-hour period. That takes special equipment and, depending on the species and the park, special permits. But with help from smartphones, just about anyone can produce a remarkable quantity of usable data.

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