Although I am not directly involved in this project, I took a sneak peek at the first group of 70 high school students attending the first week of the NSF funded project “Stormwater‘ ar Umaine targeting to broaden participation in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. More than 50% of students are women and minorities. After a theory class in the morning, with M. Musavi and A. Abedi, the students and several high school teachers investigates river water by sediment analysis and measured conductivity in various samples of water. The week will continue with knowledge about radio based wireless communication, tiny platforms, programming arduino nodes and deployment.
Dr. Maohui Zheng, Tongji University, Shanghai, will stay as a visiting professor with the Geosensor Networks Lab for a year. His current research interests are in air pollution monitoring and prediction via simulation models and the use of in situ sensors. Welcome, Maohui!
This sounds like an April fool’ss joke, especially the part of putting 5000 bees to sleep, then shaving (some of) them, putting a sensor on their back, and letting them fly again. Nevertheless, a first wide scale deployment of miniaturized sensor technology. However, it looks like the scientists only track the trajectory of the bees using ‘e-tags’ (on the bees) and (potentially) readers dispersed in the environment. It is unclear if there are actually sensors on the bees that actively sense.
“CSIRO is working with the University of Tasmania, beekeepers and fruit growers to trial the monitoring technology, in an attempt to improve honey bee pollination and productivity”.
read more about the Australian CSIRO project here.