Tag: spectrometer

by Shannon Dosemagen

This post was co-written by Public Lab organizer Chris Fastie. During the BP oil spill in 2010, as aerial mappers walked coastlines and boated waterways to document environmental impacts, we encountered tarry clumps in the sand or reddish clayey masses floating around the boat. We often weren’t sure whether these objects were crude oil from [...] more »

by Jeffrey Warren

The Public Lab community has been working on a cheap, open-source spectrometer for detecting environmental contaminants [for some time now](http://publiclaboratory.org/notes/spectrometer). Since the [last spectrometry post](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2011/09/taking-steps-toward-diy-spectrometry-so-citizens-can-test-for-pollutants249.html), one year ago, a lot has happened, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to write an update on the project. Most importantly, we’ve just launched [a Kickstarter campaign](http://kck.st/PI9XOq) to [...] more »