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April 8, 2015

Removing Debris from New York’s Jamaica Bay

NOAA's Marine Debris Blog

By: Leah Henry

The American Littoral Society (ALS), as part of a Community-based Marine Debris Removal grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, is removing debris from 22 acres of salt marsh, salt meadow, and mud flats with the help of 1,600 volunteers. These removal efforts aim to improve essential fish habitat and help prevent future marine debris accumulation.

In addition to removal efforts, ALS is developing more compelling ways to present the data they collect, creating a marine debris reduction outreach program for communities directly contributing to litter, and implementing a marine debris reduction certification program to incentivize debris reduction in local waterways.

Learn more about this effort on the MDP website.

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February 19, 2015

MIT’s light-up robot garden teaches you how to code

If you’re teaching kids how to code, what do you do to show that software makes an impact in the real world? MIT has a clever idea: a robot garden. The

Source: www.engadget.com

February 18, 2015

Dutch Windwheel draws energy innovations

The backers of the Dutch Windwheel leave few superlatives behind. The most innovative ‘windmill’ in the world. A showcase for clean technology. Accelerator for renewable energy. A future icon for The Netherlands and future landmark in Europe’s largest port city, Rotterdam. A presence in the architectural …

Source: phys.org

February 11, 2015

ORCA prototype ready for the open ocean

Its name refers to one of the biggest animals in the sea, but ORCA, the Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment instrument, will be observing the smallest.

Source: phys.org

February 11, 2015

Experimental wave-power buoy survives winter in Monterey Bay

In early January 2015, a team of MBARI engineers, led by Andy Hamilton, set out to sea to recover an experimental buoy that creates electrical energy from ocean waves. This power buoy had been deployed six miles southwest of Moss Landing Harbor for 131 days, while the engineers tested the system’s ability …

Source: phys.org

February 4, 2015

Floating wind turbines bring electricity where it’s needed

It’s a balloon that lifts a wind turbine. That’s the easiest way to describe the technology being developed by Altaeros Energies, led by Ben Glass, inventor and CEO of the young company. Glass has reimagined the possibilities of balloon and airship technology to lift a wind turbine.

Source: phys.org

January 13, 2015

Robot cameras monitor deep sea ecosystems

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have used advanced photographic tools in an unmanned Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to make major advancements in estimating deep-sea ecosystem diversity at ‘landscape’ scales.

Source: phys.org

January 6, 2015

Underwater drones map ice algae in Antarctica

New robot technology leads Antarctic exploration into a new epoch. It is now possible to study the underside of sea ice across large distances and explore a world previously restricted to specially trained divers only.

Source: phys.org

December 16, 2014

Maker Club | 3D Printed Robotics for Everyone

A platform & community for 3D Printed robots. Learn how to build, code and design your own from scratch, perfect for makers, tinkerers and young inventors!

Source: makerclub.org

November 18, 2014

This Cook Stove Cleanly Burns Plastic Bags and Generates Enough Electricity to Charge a Phone

Two young entrepreneurs designed the device to cut deaths from indoor air pollution in the developing world.

Source: www.takepart.com