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Using Eco-drone Sensors To Map Water Quality

March 4, 2014

The recent Lake Merritt Bioblitz organized by Nerds For Nature was a huge success from several angles. Besides the amazing biodiversity that was observed and documented there, and the scores of kids and families digging in the mud flats and otherwise discovering the nature around them, a few of us Nerds For Nature demonstrated a brand-new method […]

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New Sensor Hardware from the N4N Air Quality Nerds

February 21, 2014

Reblogged from Nerds For Nature. When the EPA wants to know what’s going on with air pollution, they install a sophisticated sampling and analysis station that can cost upwards of a million bucks. Or they roll out one of their their high-tech air-sleuthing vans, crammed with more specialized mobile electronics than your typical Bond film. […]

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Mare Island/USGS NatureNerdFest Report

February 21, 2014

[Reblogged from Nerds For Nature] Here’s the complete report on last December’s fantastic NatureNerdFest field event with the US Geological Survey. You can see even more photos on the N4N Flickr stream. Thanks to Isa and Susan and William and the other WERC researchers who gave us such a warm welcome, and a special thanks to […]

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N4N Takes Flight For Nature

October 27, 2013

Reposted from the Nerds For Nature Blog: [Don’t miss N4N Project Night on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Oakland] N4N Takes Flight For Nature A new Nerds For Nature working group is on the wing! Flight For Nature is bringing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle enthusiasts and remote imaging, GIS, videography, and other technology experts together with biologists, geologists, and […]

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Nature Nerds, Crowdsourcing, and the Bioblitz Explosion

October 22, 2013

My last post left me walking blissfully in the park, but I’m an electronics engineer, right? I’d better get back to my workbench, those circuit boards aren’t going to solder themselves. Except that I started noticing things in the park I hadn’t noticed before… Wildflowers, in particular. Not all that many years ago, I happened […]

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Actrino X2 In The Design Pipeline

October 19, 2013

The fact that this blog hasn’t been updated in a while is in part attributable to the fact that I’ve been busy updating everyone else’s blogs –I’m the cobbler whose children have no shoes. So just what is Ken up to these days? I’ve been busy, let me tell ya. I’ll play catch up with […]

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Actrino Says “Hello World”

February 8, 2013

If it looks like nothing’s been happening here on the KSF blog, it’s because we’ve been insanely busy inventing a brand-new twist on open source hardware.  On Thursday, Feb. 7, I presented Actrino proof-of-concept prototypes to the tech community for the first time at the SF Hardware Startup Meetup. The event was held at IDEO‘s […]

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RaspberryPi @ Noisebridge — Sept. 29

August 26, 2012

Rob Bishop from the RaspberryPi Foundation is touring popular hackspaces in the US throughout September 2012, giving talks and workshops about the exciting new RaspberryPi $35 credit card-sized, ARM-based GNU/Linux computer board (FAQ). He’ll visit Noisebridge (2169 Mission St, SF) on Saturday, 29-September-2012. Here’s more info on the event… RPi news and views How to Summon […]

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Comic Science, Eyeball Edition

August 21, 2012

Yes, science is often comical (“where did THAT number come from?”) but we’re referring instead to the science nerd comic strip xkcd. Most installments poke fun at science and technology’s never-ending absurdities, but every once in a while creator Randall Munroe gins up an entertainingly informative panel like the one below. Behold, the miracle of sight!

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KSF Labs joins Science Exchange

April 17, 2012

KSF Labs is pleased to announce that we are now a service provider with Science Exchange! If you don’t know about this new start-up, we suspect you will soon. This group of researchers and entrepreneurs are trying to solve a big problem that affects most every corner of academia — effective allocation of expensive but necessary research resources.  Science […]

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