DailyDirt: Ubiquitous Sensors Are Getting Kinda Useful
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Sensors are everywhere, recording all sorts of activities and creating an enormous amount of data. The ability to store and analyze immense amounts of information is making these sensors even more useful. Before this computational capacity was so readily available, researchers were forced to hone their hypotheses before conducting experiments. But now, it's possible to just collect a lot of data and then try to see if any hypotheses are supported by already-gathered evidence. Here are some quick links on sensors and sensor data.
- Collecting data from a wide variety of sensor feeds could become a useful service -- if only there were a standard format for sensor data and all that data turned out not to be junk. Massive amounts of garbage in, garbage out.... [url]
- Ground-based lasers could be used to map the Earth's magnetic field by exciting sodium atoms in the atmosphere and watching them fluoresce with telescopes. And this technique could be used to find underground oil deposits without using satellites to map fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field. [url]
- British and Russian scientists should probably take a look at the previous link before they launch two satellites that measure the Earth's magnetic field fluctuations from space in order to anticipate earthquakes. Predicting earthquakes would be an awesome ability, but it's not certain there's even a correlation between earthquakes and changes the Earth's magnetic field. [url]
- You could contribute towards the deployment of 600 Geiger Counter devices in Japan -- if you donate to a Kickstarter project that aims to collect and publish the radiation data. The raw data will be published under Creative Commons 0 license. [url]
- To discover more interesting science-related stuff, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]