Nerding For Nature: Leveraging Open Source Technology for Eco-Research

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We're developing low-cost DIY-oriented environmental sensor prototypes and demo projects, with the common goal of learning about the earth's natural systems and managing natural resources. Urban air quality monitoring sensors and calibration is an ongoing interest. In recent collaboration with USGS and openCTD, we are exploring water quality and wildlife monitoring tools. We are evaluating various wireless technologies for smart and resilient remote sensor networks. We have demonstrated robotics-based applications as well, mapping water quality with floating UAVs and finding new species in local lakes via openROV cameras.



Lacto-ferment Just About Anything!

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Did you know that you can take just about any produce you can imagine and turn it into nutritious, tangy fermented goodness using one easy technique? It's true and we show you how in this fun presentation which combines history, biology and nutrition to show you a new way to create tasty, microbiome-friendly food. Take your fermenting beyond sauerkraut and kimchi!n


Making Fresh Chevre at Home

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Imagine this - you're throwing a dinner party and your guests show up to find that your appetizer is a sampling of fresh goat cheeses that you made from scratch yourself. They're amazed and impressed and you shall forever be known as the cheese god/goddess. Our little secret? It took you less than 20 minutes of active time to make them all! We'll show you how in this delectable and simple workshop. The perfect solution for impressive entertaining - easy, indulgent and elegant!!nnLearn the science behind what is happening and what the magic in time-lapse fashion.



Can Cells Learn?

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Can cells learn? To answer this question, we built an Arduino-controlled device to test the ability of giant single-celled pond organisms named Stentor to learn and habituate to mechanical input.




Low-Cost Neural Monitoring for Makers: Bringing EEG to the Citizen Scientist

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Serious neuroscience may appear to be beyond the reach of the maker community, the intelligent citizen-scientist with no formal training, and under-resourced schools or science clubs. Enabling the Maker community to conduct useful neuroscience research and use signals from the brain--such as that generated by electroencephalography (EEG)--to drive vehicles, control avatars, and conduct brain research is very important for science education. Here, we will discuss and demonstrate multiple devices currently in development that can monitor brain states for about $30. The community can contribute to their design and testing at a website.


Brain Hacking

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New understanding of the brain is making it more hackable, launching us into the realm of sci-fi possibilities. We will talk about the brain's pinouts and wiring, along with its mechanisms for change (i.e. learning). We will then discuss various technologies and techniques currently being used to interface with the brain and augment human potential in amazing ways.




The New Flesh Workshop: DIY Super-Humans

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The New Flesh Workshop has spent the last 5 years adapting prosthetic fabrication techniques and developing new processes for creating high strength composite armor systems, custom prosthetic modifications for extreme lifestyles . We will present several of our custom ballistic composite materials as well as demonstrate our new armor system. We will also have a slide presentation of several of our custom prosthetic and orthotic devices.



Wetpong Bioarcade

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Genspace is unveiling our latest prototype of WetPong, the video game you play using a joystick to control live, swimming, single-celled organisms. Our current version uses an iPhone interface and Arduino control system.



Public Lab: Open Source Tools for Grassroots Science

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This panel will focus on the work of Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), an open-source hardware and software research and development community. It is a community of educators, technologists, scientists and community organizers interested in new ways to promote action, intervention and awareness through a participatory research model. Public Lab staff will discuss how the community got started, what the community is, and how members are making and using Do-It-Yourself research tools and organizers will discuss local projects they are working on with Public Lab tools.



Bio-Sensing: The Y in DIY

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Bio-sensing is in the midst of a revolution that will change nearly every aspect of our lives from health to education to retail experience. Measuring more than just basic vital signs, state-of-the-art algorithms are making it possible to identify up to 8 or more distinct emotional states and beginning to open the door for greater understanding of ourselves and each other. With more and more bio-sensors becoming available and hackable, the opportunity for the DIY community is great. Come to this talk to learn how you can participate in the bio-sensing revolution and change the way you look at yourself and the people around you.


DNA Makers

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We are a family that enjoy making DNA models and crafts that are educational, artistic and fun to play for children as well as for adults. The models are built using LEGO pieces, paper, PVC pipes, knitting materials and LED


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