On the Ice with Wingscapes

December 18, 2013

John Groves is a glaciologist working this summer with British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) to take a team of young students to a Norwegian glacier field for weeks of research, adventure, and personal growth. As a BSES 2013 Arctic Odyssey Expedition science leader, Groves will take four TimelapseCam 8.0 cameras with him. Wingscapes recently caught up with him in the United Kingdom to hear more about his upcoming odyssey to the Arctic Circle. Read More

Bears, Berries, and Bite Marks

December 9, 2013

If you surrounded David Laskin with the Wingscapes cameras he uses, he would disappear behind the stacks. Laskin currently manages 85 cameras and says he just ordered 75 more. A scientist and award-winning graduate student, he uses this mountain of timelapse cameras to better understand the seasonal dynamics of grizzly bear habitat in Alberta, Canada. Wingscapes recently asked Laskin to share a few details about his research. Read More

Surveilling the Society of Snakes with Time Lapse Cameras

October 10, 2013

Melissa Amarello has a soft spot for an underdog, and that empathy has led her to a relatively unusual scientific exploit: she studies rattlesnakes. A graduate student at Arizona State University, Amarello is spying on Arizona black rattlesnakes as part of her doctoral dissertation work. Since her research includes liberal use of Wingscapes time lapse cameras, we asked her about it. See her many interesting photos and videos at her SocialSnakes blog. Read More

Urban Greening on the Go

September 28, 2013

Even the most crowded city has untapped space for green areas and gardens — it just might have to be a space that moves. That’s not stopping Marco Castro Cosio, a Brooklyn, N.Y., artist and interaction designer, from exploring the value of growing plants atop buses. His Cell Motion BioBus motors around New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and sometimes farther afield bringing hands-on science education to more than 20,000 students and adults each year. The BioBus has been running as a non-profit educational venture since 2007. It also serves as a trial for Cosio’s ideas, and he’s incorporated two Wingscapes Timelapse PlantCams and a solar panel into the movable garden. Read More

From Ponies to ProjectCam: The History of Time Lapse Photography

May 24, 2013

The history of time lapse photography owes a great deal to scientists and visual artists, but its origins can be traced to a racetrack — and the rumor of a whopping bet. Photographers still used metal or glass plates in the 1870s, when what was arguably the first time lapse photography took place. Leland Stanford, a railroad tycoon and former California governor, was enjoying his success as a gentleman owner on the horse racing circuit. Read More

Studying Sun, Spring, and Snow with Timelapse Cameras

March 31, 2013

Watching snow melt might sound as dull as the proverbial drying paint, but Danielle Perrot sparks with enthusiasm about the impact of dust and pine needles on the finer details of how and when snow turns into water. Perrot is a graduate student at the University of Colorado working at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, and Wingscapes recently reached her to learn more about her research. Read More

Timelapse PlantCam Video Features the Art of Ecological Restoration

February 5, 2013

Aviva Rahmani is an ecological artist who sometimes uses a Timelapse PlantCam to create her work. Her film Desecration/Resurrection, which she produced last summer, has been shown in forums from New York City to Berlin and can also be viewed online. The film uses a split-screen technique to compare the impact of last summer’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with the renewal of a Gulf of Maine wetlands known as the Ghost Nets site. Read More

Cancer Survivors Learn to Grow Their Own Hope

January 16, 2013

A Wingscapes Timelapse PlantCam recently became part of a pilot study designed to determine the benefits of gardening for cancer survivors. The study, known as Harvest for Health, is sponsored by the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala., and involves volunteer master gardeners from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Jefferson County office in Birmingham. Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD, is conducting the study. The university’s Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences, Dr. Demark-Wahnefried is also the associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Read More

Time Lapse Video Shows Art Installation's Impact on Chicago Neighborhood

October 26, 2012

Artist Nick Bastis brings an education in architecture and urban planning to his work, which frequently focuses on the relationships between people and urban structures or spaces. Last fall, Bastis used a Wingscapes Timelapse PlantCam like a Timelapse ProjectCam to document a Chicago project called “Forms of Spectacle and Solutions to Vacancy.” Working with local middle-school students, he built a replica of a structure by renowned architect Frank Gehry in an empty lot to observe its impact on the neighborhood. The project earned a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation and was featured by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as part of Chicago Artist’s Month in October 2010. Wingscapes was pleased to learn more about the project from Bastis. Read More

Women See Red Better Than Men Do

September 6, 2012

When it comes to seeing the colors of the world around us, scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that women not only see red more vividly than men but that they can also distinguish more subtle hues of it from one another, as mentioned in this article. Read More

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