How Pokemon is Inspiring Citizen Science

first_img Hydrologists have been piggybacking off the renewed popularity of Pokemon in the wake of the success of its mobile app (you all know the one I mean), to help learn more about how vast quantities of water move around in the United States.At issue, bizarrely, are tiny streams, the type you would step over without much thought if you were hiking across the countryside. These smaller bodies are important to understanding where water is and how it moves.“It is really unimpressive-looking in person,” Tamlin Pavelsky, a hydrologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill told NPR. “But if you think about the number of these streams there are across the country; it’s staggering.”There are, perhaps millions of such streams that run across the country. And looking at them gives us the best understanding and forecasting when we look at the water supply.“I started out looking at big rivers,” he adds. “But if I wanted to try to answer a lot of the questions that I had about big rivers I realized that I had to go back and look at the small streams to be able to answer them… For many processes, they actually dwarf something like the Mississippi in terms of their importance.”So where does Pokemon fit into this? Well, with the success of Pokemon Go there were suddenly millions of people walking around idling searching for Pocket Monsters to add to their collections. So hydrologists got clever, and partnered with NASA to help create a project that would help collect data for them. The project, part of the larger citizen science app CitSci, is called Stream Tracker. And it’s exactly what it says. Anyone who is able can help scientists track using GPS and other data, where streams are and whether they are flowing or dry or still frozen. All of this can be compiled together to create functional models for understanding what the US water supply is doing at any given point.So far, the team only has 80 volunteers, mostly in Colorado, Utah, Ohio, and Arizona, but they’re always accepting more folks to help gather data. Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

This Floating City Can Withstand Category 5 Hurricanes

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel More on Geek.com:This $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate ChangeBefore and After Photos: Drought Wipes Out Chilean Lake From the MapThrow Shade at Climate Change By Planting More Trees Stay on target The entire city would contain a group of six platform island, called “villages,” for a total of around 10,000 residents, Business Insider reported. Ingels told Business insider 10,000 is the ideal number of residents, since it would allow the island to achieve “full autonomy” by producing its own power, fresh water, and heat.The floating city would sit off shore from major coastal cities, but could be towed to other locations in the event of a disaster. (Photo Credit: Oceanix / BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group)According to DesignBoom, the architecture of the city is also designed so that it could be disassembled and reconfigured by future generations of architects. It would be moored to the ocean floor but would also be built so that it could towed to safer location if needed.. All structures would be able to withstand floods, tsunamis, and Category 5 hurricanes.Cages underneath the platforms could harvest scallops, kelp, or other forms of seafood to help the city remain self-sufficient during a disaster. (Photo Credit: Oceanix / BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group)To boost its environmentally-friendly concept, the villages would not allow high-emitting cars or trucks and would use pneumatic trash tubes to transport garbage to a sorting station, where it can be identified and eventually recycled. The design might possibly allow for driverless vehicles, however, and the city could experiment with new technologies such as drone deliveries.As an environmentally friendly habitat, the villages wouldn’t allow any high-emitting cars or trucks. (Photo Credit: Oceanix / BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group)“The technology exists for us to live on water, without killing marine ecosystems. It is our goal to make sure sustainable floating cities are affordable and available to all coastal areas in need,” said Marc Collins Chen, co-founder and CEO of Oceanix. “[Floating cities] should not become a privilege of the rich.”(Photo Credit: Oceanix / BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group) A new floating city concept unveiled at a UN-Habitat roundtable on Wednesday could be a viable solution for rising sea levels, climate change-related disasters, and housing shortages, experts said.In the meeting co-convened with Oceanix, a company looking to build the floating structures, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Ocean Engineering, and the Explorers Club, architect Bjarke Ingels presented a floating structure that could be home to 10,000 people, withstand severe weather conditions, and allow residents to produce their own power and food and manage water and the disposal of waste.Oceanix City would be comprised of a series of hexagonal islands that can each hold 300 residents. (Photo Credit: Oceanix / BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group)The floating city concept, know as Oceanix City, is comprised of a series of hexagonal islands populated by mid-rise structures built using sustainable materials. Each hexagonal island could hold up to 300 residents. The hexagon shape was chosen because it is considered to be the most space-efficient architectural shape, as shown in the orderly activities in a beehive.last_img read more