Expedition Bigfoot casts new light on famous forest dweller with science and conservation in mind

December 11, 2019 by  
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In an era where people take “unplugged” vacations, there’s something idyllic about a hairy biped that looks just a little bit like us but has no use for our high-tech ways. Ironically, Expedition Bigfoot, a new Travel Channel show, is using the advanced technology that Sasquatch eschews to track this elusive creature all while celebrating the mysteries of nature and the importance of science and conservation . Expedition Bigfoot assembles an elite team of Bigfoot researchers for its eight-part series, which debuted December 8. A Bigfoot sighting algorithm helped them select the most promising three weeks of the year to search a 90,000-acre swath of central Oregon . The show promises “possible nesting sites, footprints and vocalizations,” “inexplicable events” and “one of the greatest pieces of video evidence in Bigfoot history,” according to the Travel Channel website. The Expedition Bigfoot cast includes Bryce Johnson overseeing expedition operations, Bigfoot researchers Ryan Golembeske, Russell Acord and Ronny LeBlanc, and primatologist Dr. Mireya Mayor. Inhabitat caught up with Acord, who spoke while en route to the annual Sasquatch Summit in Washington. Acord’s answers here have been edited for space. Inhabitat: What drives you to find Bigfoot? Acord: It’s that chase. I got interested in the same thing that got everybody else interested, that ’67 footage. That, to date, has been the best footage that anyone has ever seen. I want to find something equally impressive and capture that same kind of Class-A sighting on film and just be part of that. But I can’t think of a better hobby other than being out in the wilderness, breathing all that beautiful air, climbing the mountains , looking for something like this. So it’s a win/win. Inhabitat: How did you get involved with Expedition Bigfoot? Acord: I think the producers were looking for boots-on-the-ground researchers. Collectively as a team, I can’t imagine working with somebody else on something this important. They’re definitely the A Team, and I feel very, very honored to be part of this as a researcher. Inhabitat: Are you a 100 percent believer? Acord: I am a 100 percent researcher . I believe in the possibility. I believe that there’s so much out there that we have yet to discover. I don’t think for a second that it’s not possible. There’s too much historical evidence, there’s too much evidence that we’ve run into that points directly to that. I believe in the possibility. Absolutely. Inhabitat: What is your best guess on what Bigfoot is, based on research? Acord: I grew up hunting in Montana , so I know that if it leaves tracks, it’s got body weight. If it makes sounds, it’s got lungs in order to make a sound. If it pushes things around, it’s got muscle mass. I believe it to be a forest animal. I use the word “animal” loosely. I believe it to be of the forest, flesh and blood, that doesn’t need our electricity, our roads or our technology to survive. I think that it’s done a darned good job staying out of our path and avoiding us. Wherever it inhabits, wherever it lies, it is certainly not hurting our ecosystem whatsoever. I think that we’re encroaching on its space. Inhabitat: What is its range? Acord: I would think anywhere where there’s resources. I don’t think that we’re going to find him in the middle of the desert , but where there’s resources, trees, water. We’re all the same way. Humans are the same. I can physically walk from coast to coast if I take the time to do it. So I think there’s no limit to their range as far as where they can and will go for survival. Inhabitat: Do you ever worry about what’s going to happen if you find Bigfoot? Acord: That’s a double-edged sword. There could be two ways to look at that. Let’s suppose I’m in the Cascades and I find Bigfoot there. There will be a drive to protect that wildlife , to protect the landscape, to protect the environment. But then on the other side of it, there are ridiculous people on the planet that think that they have to be the ones that bag the big game. I don’t think you have to kill something to prove its existence. So a lot of researchers I know refuse to come forward with their findings simply because of that. Inhabitat: If you finally came face-to-face with Bigfoot, how do you think you’d react? Acord: I’m going to run up and grab a handful of chest hair. [Laughs.] I need a couple of samples. Let me get a selfie with you, let me get some pictures, but I want some hair. I always go with the camera ready, too. I will get as much documentation as possible. Especially face-to-face, within 5 to 10 feet, I’m going to be rolling every piece of film I’ve got and collect as much as I possibly can, as far as evidence goes. But if I can get close enough to grab a handful of fur, I’m grabbing it. Inhabitat: What are the most important pieces of equipment you have now that earlier Bigfoot seekers didn’t have? Acord: I have military-grade thermal imaging. It will not only record on the device itself, but I can also sync it to my Bluetooth and run it off my iPhone. I have night vision goggles. Anything that records is definitely key. One thing that you should always take with you is DNA collection. Take nitrile gloves, tweezers and a way to put it into a sealed environment . Don’t touch it with your skin, don’t breathe on it and just don’t contaminate it. Grab what you can, and research it once you get out to where you have the equipment. I have a microscope on my truck. Inhabitat: What do you want viewers to know about Expedition Bigfoot, without spoiling any surprises? Acord: The show is based on real, authentic research . It’s based on how we conduct ourselves in the field, what kind of technology is available to us and actually getting out there and doing it. The show is about consuming a piece of land, methodically working through it and really looking and doing in-depth research. The results certainly paid off. + Expedition Bigfoot + Russell Acord Images via Expedition Bigfoot and Adam Neil

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Earth911 Podcast: eevie Offers Sustainable Living Coaching in the Palm of Your Hand

November 15, 2019 by  
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Integrating Sustainability Into Your Business’ Supply Chain

November 15, 2019 by  
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Morpholios new Smart Fill AR feature makes calculating design areas a snap

May 8, 2018 by  
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Many digitally savvy architects can attest to the incredible usefulness of Morpholio’s award-winning Trace —an AR sketch app that just got even better. The team just launched today their newest augmented reality feature, “Smart Fill,” that can instantly calculate any area of your choosing during a live sketch. From homeowners to architects, designers and design enthusiasts of all kinds will find use for the feature—not to mention that it’s beautiful to boot. Available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Morpholio Trace is designed primarily with architects in mind but its versatility makes it a useful feature for designers of all types. With the addition of Smart Fill, designers can focus more on conceptualizing and expressing an idea instead of crunching numbers. “The new feature is a fill tool that not only calculates the area of the fill, it actually changes as the sketch evolves,” says Anna Kenoff, Morpholio Co-Founder. “Slice a room in half and watch it reduce or, erase a wall and watch it expand.” Related: INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World Here’s how it works: after starting a sketch—whether from scratch or a trace drawing over an image—you set the scale and then select the target(s) for area calculation. The Smart Fill feature will instantly generate the calculation based on the scale provided, as well as an “Areas Chart,” which can be exported to Excel and its equivalents. The tool can also fill the selected region with your choice of colors and patterns, making it a quick and beautiful way to estimate the materials or budget needed for a project. You can download Morpholio Trace and TracePro, available for iOS only, in the App Store . + Morpholio Trace Images via Morpholio

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New $150 gadget lets your smartphone detect cancer with laboratory precision

October 20, 2016 by  
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While smartphone spectrometers are already being used to help detect cancer, they have only been able to evaluate one sample at a time, making the work slow and tedious. A breakthrough by a Washington State University research team led to the creation of a low-cost multichannel smartphone spectrometer that uses optical sensors to scan multiple samples simultaneously . The team, led by Lei Li, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, found their spectrometer to be highly accurate and sensitive, thanks to the custom prism array designed especially for this device. The WSU team has created a device, perhaps the first of its kind, with the same sensitivity level as existing laboratory equipment, capable of detecting proteins and cancer biomarkers with a high degree of accuracy. The team used a customized prism array they built through a hybrid manufacturing process, which makes it possible for the smartphone spectrometer to scan several samples at once in search of cancer biomarkers. The eight-channel smartphone spectrometer can detect human interleukin-6 (IL-6), a known biomarker for lung, prostate, liver, breast and epithelial cancers. Related: World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything The smartphone-based cancer screening device is also a cost-effective solution, with a price tag around $150. The design was based on the iPhone 5, but the team is currently working to make it compatible with other smartphone models. A portable, low-cost spectrometer that produces lab quality results is just the sort of device in high demand in rural areas and especially in developing countries where hospitals lack high-tech cancer screening equipment or are absent altogether. The team’s research was funded by the National Science Foundation along with a WSU startup fund, and the report on their results was recently published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Via WSU Images via Wikipedia and Lei Li/WSU

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17 Tech-tastic Green Gadget Gifts

November 30, 2015 by  
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With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there’s really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones’ wider interests lie in music, photography, gardening or cycling, we’ve got you covered for green gadget gift ideas for the upcoming season. From a reusable cardboard smartphone amplifier at just $10 — perfect for the office Secret Santa or hard-to-buy-for teenagers — to a splurge on an electric bicycle that will knock somebody’s socks off, there’s something on the list for every budget too. Click through to see them all. GREEN GIFTS FOR GADGET GEEKS >

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Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

August 12, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. What if you could power your iPhone from thin air? Making wires redundant was one of Nikola Tesla’s biggest dreams – a dream University of Washington researchers want to fulfill with PoWiFi. Shyam Gollakota and his team recently demonstrated technology at EmTech Digital in San Francisco that harvests ambient ‘backscatter’ radio signals to power battery-free temperature and camera sensors. The technology can also be used to charge nickel–metal hydride and lithium-ion coin-cell batteries at distances of up to 28 feet. In a recent paper describing their work, called Powering the Next Billion Devices with Wi-Fi , the researchers provide a detailed description of how they successfully powered devices over WiFi using existing Wi-Fi chipsets–without reducing the router’s performance. Details after the jump. Read the rest of Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

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World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

August 3, 2015 by  
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In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss. Smartwatches, although not so pervasive, essentially help people do the same things. But you never see a blind person transfixed to their iPhone or honed in on their smartwatch, because the technology simply isn’t compatible with the vision-impaired way of life. Enter the Dot —the world’s first Braille smartwatch —which could close the gap that precludes many blind people from interacting with information the way sighted folks can. Read the rest of World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

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Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW

June 16, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever , and the home battery has already sold out through 2016 . The company is currently constructing the “ Gigafactory ” in Nevada, which will produce batteries for their cars, alongside the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, and Elon Musk reckons that when it’s complete it’ll be among the largest structures in the world. But that doesn’t mean that criticism of their game-changing technologies fall on deaf ears—according to GreenTech Media , Musk recently told shareholders that the capability of the Powerwall is going to be lifted from 2kW to 5kW, but the price will remain the same. Read the rest of Tesla responds to complaints, boosts Powerwall capability from 2kW to 5kW Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , Gigafactory , home battery , powerpack , powerwall , powerwall capacity , powerwall kW , solar battery , tesla , tesla battery , tesla energy , tesla shareholders

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Apple wins ‘greenest tech company’ in 2015 honor from Greenpeace

May 13, 2015 by  
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Just a few years back, in 2011, Greenpeace named Apple as the “least clean” tech company , chastising the iPhone maker in particular for their coal-fueled data centers. Since then, Apple has made great strides (and hefty investments) to become completely powered by renewable energy . On top of that, Apple has been going greener in every phase of its operations  as well as investing in green energy projects that benefit the greater public. Those efforts have prompted Greenpeace to name Apple as the greenest tech company in the world in 2015. The rating comes out of Greenpeace’s updated 2015 Click Clean Report , in which tech companies are measured for clean energy usage, transparency regarding energy sources, renewable energy, and other factors. Apple earned a 100 percent Clean Energy Index from Greenpeace in its overall Company Scorecard. Facebook and Google rounded out the top three, with 49 percent and 46 percent respectively. + Greenpeace’s 2015 Click Clean Report Image via Shutterstock  and Greenpeace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 click clean report , apple , apple clean energy , apple green tech , apple renewable energy , clean energy index , clean tech company , clean technology company , green tech company , greenest tech company , Greenpeace

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