Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Interested in helping scientists to spot explosions on the Sun and tracking them as they travel towards Earth? Then the Solar Storm Watch could be for you, and in fact anyone can be a solar storm watcher thanks to the Internet.

Brought to you by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, The Science & Technology Facilities Council and Zooniverse, the Solar Storm Watch is using the technique of crowd sourcing to help them in a number of different ways, from data processing to spotting comets.

At the website you can find profiles of the scientists involved, videos about why crowd sourcing is required, a forum to discuss your questions and opinions, teachers resources, the all important mission briefing and more.

Content courtesy of The Solar Storm Watch :

Mission briefing

You don’t have to be a science expert to be a brilliant solar stormwatcher. But if you’d like to know more about what you’re looking at, then explore our beautiful and interactive zoomable diagrams to find out about the Sun and the STEREO spacecraft monitoring it. And check out our scientists’ profiles too.

Find out more about the Solar Storm Watch at :

http://solarstormwatch.com/

Content courtesy of Zooniverse.

The Zooniverse is home to the Internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects.

With nearly 60million classifications, Zooniverse is giving a prize to the person who discovers the 60th Millionth classification. What are you waiting for?

Find out more about Zooniverse at :

http://zooniverse.org/home


Keep up to date with world disaster data and the latest climate data from a Hungarian National Association company, they are a non-profit organisation.

Some of the data they give is on what they call an ‘Alert Map’. Found out about this site a couple of years ago, nice to see they are still continuing to provide a valuable service.

Content courtesy of RSOE/EDIS :

“Nothing happens unexpectedly, everything has an indication, we just have to observe the connections.”

Let me introduce our services. The Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE) operates Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS) within the frame of its own website which has the objective to monitor and document all the events on the Earth which may cause disaster or emergency. Our service is using the speed and the data spectrum of the internet to gather information. We are monitoring and processing several foreign organisation’s data to get quick and certified information.

Find out more about RSOE/EDIS at : http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/


The 3D-COFORM Consortium has one over-riding aim: to establish 3D documentation as an affordable, practical and effective mechanism for long term documentation of tangible cultural heritage.

Find out more at : http://www.3d-coform.eu/

They have three demands:

  • End to short haul flights and airport expansion
  • Stop aviation advertising
  • A just transition to sustainable jobs and transport

Came together in 2005 to oppose an aviation industry conference and have been taking action ever since.

Find out more at : http://planestupid.com/aboutus

What is green travel?

“Let’s face it, few holidays are 100% green. Most trips involve taking some form of motorised transport and unavoidably contribute to carbon emissions. Greentraveller shows how you can plan a holiday that keeps these emissions down to a minimum.

The website was founded in 2006 by travel journalist Richard Hammond – the co-author of Clean Breaks – 500 new ways to see the world (Rough Guides) and travel editor of National Geographic Green magazine.”

Something that is definitely worth considering.

Find out more at : http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/about-us

The Genographic Project

Posted: February 20, 2010 in Science
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National Geographic. “With a simple and painless cheek swab you can sample your own DNA and submit it to the lab. Your results will reveal your deep ancestry along a single line of direct descent (paternal or maternal) and show the migration paths they followed thousands of years ago.”

Find out more at : https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/lan/en/participate.html

“EIS uses time-lapse photography, conventional photography, and video to document the rapid changes now occurring on the Earth’s glacial ice. The EIS team has installed 27 time-lapse cameras at 15 sites in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. EIS supplements this ongoing record with annual repeat photography in Iceland, the Alps, and Bolivia.”

In 2005, internationally acclaimed nature photojournalist James Balog travelled to Iceland to photograph glaciers for The New Yorker. This led to a 2006 National Geographic assignment to document changing glaciers in various parts of the world. In the course of shooting that story (which became the June 2007 cover story, “The Big Thaw”), Balog, who in addition to being a photographer is a mountaineer with a graduate degree in geomorphology, recognized that extraordinary amounts of ice were vanishing with shocking speed. Features that took centuries to develop were being destroyed in just a few years or even just a few weeks. These changes are the most visually dramatic and immediate manifestations of climate change on our planet today.

“The Extreme Ice Survey is honored to feature their own layer of photos and time-lapse videos with Google Earth.”

Find out more : http://www.extremeicesurvey.org/