How scientists are saving whales by listening to the ocean

Meet Melville, an acoustic buoy located 22 mile south of Fire Island. Melville is the most sophisticated buoy of its kind. “We’re kind of on the bleeding edge of real-time [whale] detection,” says Mark Baumgartner of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which developed the software for Melville.

On the surface, Melville looks like a standard buoy with an antenna. But beneath the water, it’s connected to a digital acoustic monitoring instrument that both records audio and detects sounds in real time. Every two hours, the buoy transmits information about the sounds it’s picking up on to a satellite, which then transmits the data to Baumgartner’s lab in Massachusetts. There, a software program compares the sounds to a library of whale calls and sends the data to both a public website, and a researcher for analysis.

Since the buoy was installed on July 23, it has recognized scores of calls from fin whales, which can be detected from up to 10 miles away. But Melville’s most exciting discoveries come from much rarer whale species, including the North Atlantic right whale, one of the world’s most threatened species.

TONIGHT at the Schomburg:

Brooklyn-born Jamel Shabazz has been capturing New York life since he was 15 years old. In his gaze were his peers, members of the local Mosque, elders in their Sunday best, families–all members of communities that shared familial bonds. He recently released a new book, Pieces of A Man. Shabazz will be in conversation with photojournalist, curator and filmmaker, Akintola Hanif, to discuss his photographic contributions to “preserve world history and culture.” A book signing will follow.

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Deaf Woman To Get $750,000 For Hellish Ordeal With NYPD

A New York City woman, who is deaf and says NYPD officers wrongfully arrested her and then ignored her pleas for an American Sign Language interpreter, has settled her lawsuit against the city for $750,000, a sum her lawyers say is the largest ever deaf discrimination settlement for a single person.

“Due to the immense barriers they face when trying to communicate with the hearing world, Deaf individuals often find themselves without a voice to assert their rights,” Rozynski and Baum added. “Deaf individuals have rights, and they do not have to tolerate discrimination and injustices of any kind.”

Diana Williams and her husband, Chris Williams, both of whom are deaf, are landlords of a building in Staten Island. On Sept. 11, 2011, when the couple were trying to evict tenants who hadn’t paid rent, the boyfriend of one of the tenants allegedly gestured that he had a gun.

Chris then called for police using a video relay service – which the couple later argued should’ve signified to police that they would need a sign language translator. But when officers arrived on the scene there was no translator, and it was only the tenant and the boyfriend, both of whom can hear, who could communicate their side of the story.

Some deaf tenants in the building later testified that the officers rejected their offers to translate for Williams, who cannot hear, speak English or read lips. Instead, Williams was arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with one of the tenants.

Panicked, Williams attempted to scrawl “HOSPITAL” in the dust on the window of the police cruiser, according to The New York Daily News. She made it to “HOSP.”

Williams was detained for 24 hours, during which a translator was never provided. She was released without charge.

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Police officers don’t like to rack brains. If they deal with unusual situation they prefer to act in a blast-it-all-manner. Cops arrest or assault people whose behavior is alien to them. But it shouldn’t be so, because the profession of police supposes that officers must provide peace and order regardless of what kinds of people they deal with. Things must be changed. Police must be trained to deal with all kinds of situations.

I get way too sensitive when I get attached to someone. I can detect the slightest change in the tone of their voice, and suddenly I’m spending all day trying to figure out what I did wrong.
—  Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York

NYC’s Infrared Central Park is Transformed Into a Majestic Alienesque Dreamscape by Paolo Pettigiani

Italian photographer and graphic designer Paolo Pettigiani’s recent visit to Central Park’s full bloom in spring led to a surreal, whimsical, and otherworldly experience. The New York treasure its known as the greenest spot in the Big Apple, but Peggitiani’s wand transformed it into a dreamlike passage from Dr. Seuss’ most imaginative tales.

The subtle red hue creates a stunning, sharp and intriguing contrast, which makes the picturesque and one of most romantic sceneries in the world appear as an alienesque beauty from another planet. You can buy Pettigiani’s art prints in his Society6 shop.

Also available as canvas prints, T-shirts, Phone cases, Throw pillows, Tapestries and More!


New DIY Cityscape Scratch Art by Lago Design

Seoul-based studio Lago Design (previously featured here) created a series of scratch-off projects, which are delivered in the shape of a wooden pencil kit. To create the cityscape image, one must scratch off the gray area of the surface, which results in an illuminating shiny gold sight. The opulent golden aesthetic contrasts beautifully with the dark paper as each nightscape and its urban lights are exposed.

Although, she’s famous for her Seoul, New York City, Paris and London cityscapes, we have included the other urban beauties such as Budapest, Las Vegas, Florence and Hong Kong. You can buy these beautiful, relaxing craft pieces in their Etsy shop

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Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make; you can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years. And you’ll never ever trace it to its source. And you only get one chance to play it out. Just try and figure out your own divorce. And they say there is no fate, but there is: it’s what you create. Even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all right. And it never comes or it seems to but doesn’t really. And so you spend your time in vague regret or vaguer hope for something good to come along. Something to make you feel connected, to make you feel whole, to make you feel loved.
I’ve learned that every feeling will pass if you give it time. And if you learn to deal with your feelings, they’ll pass by faster each time. So don’t rush to cover them up by medicating them. You’ve got to deal with them.

Ethereal Watercolor Cityscapes Nicolas Jolly

Bordeaux-based illustrator Nicolas Jolly is known for his exquisite and abstract watercolor illustrations. Jolly effortlessly navigates the realms of abstract art and delicacy in each piece. Often depicting the beauty of Parisian and New York architecture, Jolly captures the urban beauty of the cities’ elegance and grittiness. Find his work in his Society6 and Etsy shop.

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