The bird identification app Merlin is now available for Android devices.
Merlin was developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Merlin asks you some questions about the bird you're trying to identify, but what’s cool is that it narrows the possibilities to the birds that are most likely to be in your area right now.
“Merlin knows which birds are most likely to be within a 30-mile radius of where you saw the bird—at the time when you saw it,” the lab’s Jessie Barry said in a news release. The information is based on more than 70 million sightings by birders who submitted data to the eBird citizen science project.
The app includes bird sounds, photos, identification tips and range maps for North America’s 400 most commonly encountered bird species.To read more or comment...
A few photos from my wanderings around downtown today, while I was visiting some of the galleries that are displaying artwork entered in the Akron Art Prize competition.
Beautiful day. Beautiful city.To read more or comment...
Will heat pump clothes dryers be the next big thing in energy efficiency?
LG Electronics is getting attention in the U.S. with its EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer, which was just recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency with its 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award.
Heat pump dryers like LG’s capture heat leaving the dryer, remove moisture and then send the warm air back to the appliance to be used again. They’re fairly common in Europe and elsewhere in the world, but until now their higher price tag hasn’t made them economically feasible here in the States, where energy is cheaper.
The annual Energy Star award is given to innovative technologies that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing features or functionality.To read more or comment...
I went for a walk in my neighborhood last night after dark, which I love to do. (Not because people have their lights on, making it perfectly legal for me to see in their windows and check out their decorating. No, not that at all. But to my neighbors with the leather chair and bookshelves in the front room: Very nice.)
There must be a rule in the development next to mine requiring post lights, because every house had one. And looking down the street, it was striking to see the difference between the lamps that had warm white bulbs and those that used cool white.
Which led me to think it’s time for a primer on light color.
I’m definitely a fan of warm white bulbs, especially for something like a decorative outdoor fixture. The light those bulbs produce is yellower and softer, more like the light from the old-time gas lamps these post lights are trying to imitate.To read more or comment...