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Discovery Channel at Ocean Alliance


Ian Kerr Discovery Channel interview ©kim Smith 2014 copyIain Kerr Interview with Discovery

Sunday morning Discovery Channel News was at Ocean Alliance filming a story about SnotBot, the organization’s new drone. The drone was created by a group of Olin College of Engineering students, under the direction of Professor Drew Bennet, in the College’s robotics lab.

Drew Bennet Olin College studentys Snot Bot ©Kim Smith 2014. JPG

“SnotBot will be used to collect DNA, bacteria, viruses and stress hormones from whale blows. The team also tested SnotShot, a machine that makes a simulated whale blow (with the capacity to simulate different blow types) on demand—a testing tool that will actually help the scientists in the field collect a control sample.

Olin College students Snot Bot ©kim Smith 2014

The SnotBot drone works something like this: “as SnotBot flies out to a whale that is approximately 300m from the research vessel, it hovers over a whale and the whale repeatedly blows onto a collection device. After the sample is collected and brought back to the RV Odyssey, the data is used to help interpret an animal’s state of heath through the analysis of bacteria, viruses, DNA, and stress hormones recovered from the whale’s blow.”

Read More from the Olin College of Engineering Website Here

Snot Bot Ocean Alliance Archives Here

Captain Dominic ©Kim Smith 2014Gorgeous View from the Paint Factory of the Captain Dominic Fishing Boat

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THEN and NOW–Paint Factory (A New Beginning)

A lot of people don’t realize there is an open courtyard space that runs between the brick and wooden buildings at the Paint Manufactory. (see post card image)

As part of the restoration process, one of the courtyard spaces is currently being cleaned up by Kerr and his crew.

A pretty spectacular space.

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Paint Factory – Salvaged Lumber for Restoration

Eanin Kerr sits on top of tons of wood he salvaged for the restoration project.

Enjoy the shortslide_shgow below.

More photos to come….

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Paint Factory Report From Iain Kerr

HI Joey,
I hope you are well, ready to warm up a bit.
I remain concerned that people think that nothing is happening at the Paint Manufactory.
From the attached materials, you can see that that is far from the truth:
Many people are not aware that considerable work has gone on at the Tarr and Wonson Paint manufactory over the winter season.  Most of this work has been environmental mitigation (site clean up).  We have removed, two concrete block buildings at the entrance to the site that each had 20,000 gallon oil and solvent tanks in them.  We have removed asbestos siding from the side of one building and the interior of another, 8 solvent and mixing tanks have been removed from the brick buildings along with the SUV sized oil fired furnace.  The most exciting and challenging work has been the removal of lead paint from the exterior of the brick buildings.  Scaffolding had to be erected around the buildings and then closed in with tarpaulins that were kept at negative pressure so that no lead paint dust could escape.  The attached time lapse video shows the tarpaulins coming down.  As you can see from the attached document, the ice blasting has exceeded our expectations, the brickwork looks almost polished.
Cheers, Iain

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Things To Do- The Cove Showing at Cape Ann Community Cinema To Benefit Ocean Alliance

From Iain Kerr-

We will be showing the movie ‘The Cove’ this weekend in Gloucester.

There will be two screenings of The Cove (to benefit the Ocean Alliance) this weekend at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, both at 2pm.  The Cape Ann Community Cinema is at 21 Main Street, upstairs from Mystery Train.  More information is attached.

I will introduce the film and answer questions on the film and if people are interested on the Paint Factory after the showings.

Hope to see you there.
Cheers
Iain