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.
How do you go about saving the rainforest with old cell phones?
After a visit to the rainforests of Borneo, physicist and engineerÃ‚Â Topher WhiteÃ‚Â was struck by the sounds of the forest. In particular, he noises he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 EarthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s precious rainforest is to listen for its loggers and poachers. The innovation he came up with,Ã‚Â Rainforest Connection,Ã‚Â uses old cell phones to help to save the planet in a big way.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Deal with Virtual Reality?
Has all the hype about virtualÃ‚Â reality intrigued you? WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on with this virtual reality stuff anyway?
By now, virtualÃ‚Â reality (VR) has probably made it on to your radar screen in some way. Maybe youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve only heard about it in bits and pieces, or maybe youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve tried it yourself. Whatever the case, virtualÃ‚Â reality feels like it could be the next big Ã¢â‚¬Å“thingÃ¢â‚¬Â.
So, whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on with virtual reality? How does it work? What impact is it having on your brain?
Though IÃ‚Â have tried a virtual reality headset before, I realized I really didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know that much about it, or what is possible with this technology. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d never really had virtual reality explained to me in a way I was able to understand.
So, I decided to look into itÃ‚Â and found a great video from one of our favoriteÃ‚Â YouTube channels,Ã‚Â The Good Stuff, that takes us into the world of virtual reality, exploring its history, psychology, and why itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
We all know by now that transportation can be costly. Not only in terms of bank accounts but to our EarthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 EarthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s atmosphere. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doing to change the way we move and why he does it in this short video brought to us by the video networkÃ‚Â Great Big StoryÃ¢â‚¬Â¦