Pigeons monitor air pollution in London
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Humans have been using pigeons to carry messages for more than a thousand years, but the ancient use of these birds has been given a modern twist for a new air pollution research project in London. Pigeon Air Patrol, a three-day project developed by Plume Labs, is fitting pigeons with tiny air-monitoring backpacks to gather data on the city's air quality. The ultra-light backpacks are worn by ten racing pigeons owned by a professional pigeon breeder. The backpacks turn the pigeons into mobile air-monitoring devices, with the birds measuring nitrogen dioxide and ozone, two harmful air pollutants common in cities. Twitter…
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