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MAR 07, 2013 - PBS

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Public Lab's 'Spectral Challenge' Promotes Open Source Spectrometry

This post was co-written by Public Lab organizer Chris Fastie. During the BP oil spill in 2010, as aerial mappers walked coastlines and boated waterways to document environmental impacts, we encountered tarry clumps in the sand or reddish clayey masses floating around the boat. We often weren't sure whether these objects were crude oil from the oil spill, other contaminants or harmless natural products. This is when the idea for the Public Lab DIY spectrometer was born -- with the hope of being able to quickly identify environmental contaminants. Would an inexpensive spectrometer be able to ... Read More

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