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Saving the Rainforest with Old Cell Phones

Rainforests have some of the most complicated soundscapes on the planet. In this dense noise of insects, primates, birds, and everything else that moves in the forest, how can you detect the sounds of illegal logging?

The old cell phone you have sitting in your desk drawer may have the answer.

Topher White installing Rainforest Connection an invention that is saving the rainforest with old cell phones

How do you go about saving the rainforest with old cell phones?

After a visit to the rainforests of Borneo, physicist and engineer Topher White was struck by the sounds of the forest. In particular, he noises he couldn’t hear.

While on a walk, White and others came across an illegal logger sawing down a tree just a few hundred meters away from a ranger station.

This incident set White thinking that perhaps the best way to save the Earth’s precious rainforest is to listen for its loggers and poachers. The innovation he came up with, Rainforest Connection, uses old cell phones to help to save the planet in a big way.

 

What’s the Deal with Virtual Reality?

Has all the hype about virtual reality intrigued you? What’s going on with this virtual reality stuff anyway?

By now, virtual reality (VR) has probably made it on to your radar screen in some way. Maybe you’ve only heard about it in bits and pieces, or maybe you’ve tried it yourself. Whatever the case, virtual reality feels like it could be the next big “thing”.

Image: A woman wearing a virtual reality headset

So, what’s going on with virtual reality? How does it work? What impact is it having on your brain?

Though I have tried a virtual reality headset before, I realized I really didn’t know that much about it, or what is possible with this technology. I’d never really had virtual reality explained to me in a way I was able to understand.

So, I decided to look into it and found a great video from one of our favorite YouTube channels, The Good Stuff, that takes us into the world of virtual reality, exploring its history, psychology, and why it’s so darn fun!

 

Can Eco-Conscious Transportation Be Cool?

What if we could help the Earth and ourselves get cooler?

Metal sculptor, Josh Hadar has figured out a way to do just that by eliminating the emissions that stream from our day to day transportation choices.

Josh Hadar Er's Teardrop Eco Bike

We all know by now that transportation can be costly. Not only in terms of bank accounts but to our Earth’s health and our own. Those emissions given off by our preferred mode of travel mix in with the air we breathe, as well as the Earth’s atmosphere. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but this is not a good thing.

Using the natural power of the Sun and a bunch of creativity, Hadar has created a new, sexy, eco-conscious form of transportation. Check out what he’s doing to change the way we move and why he does it in this short video brought to us by the video network Great Big Story…

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