The ubiquitous smartphone contains millions of times more computing power than was used to send the Apollo spacecraft to the moon. Increasingly, scientists are repurposing some of that processing power to create low-cost, convenient scientific instruments. In doing so, these measurements are edging closer to being feasible for citizen scientists and under-funded professionals, democratizing robust … Continue reading Smartphone Spectrometry
Here are some links to magazine articles from the past month featuring write-ups from our 2017 ice-caving expedition (mostly in Italian) The Purist The Purist 2 Press Reader El pais More on this expedition soon!
I recently published an article in French pop-sci magazine La Recherche about the wondrous microbial ecosystems on glaciers and ice sheets (here for French speakers). For those English speakers who do not subscribe to la Recherche, here is a translation. Also, I strongly recommend the excellent translator who worked on this article with me – … Continue reading La Recherche Article: The microbes accelerating glacier melting
In 2017 I slept in various ice-camps in Greenland in spring, summer and autumn. Living on ice requires some specialist techniques different to camping on dry land, and they vary depending on the season. In summer, the main problem is the melting surface. A tent pitched directly on the ice surface will descend into a … Continue reading Pitching Tents on Ice