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Michael Colligan is joined by experts, advocates, and professionals to discuss creating better quality night skies.

Restoring Darkness NAILD

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Michael Colligan is joined by experts, advocates, and professionals to discuss creating better quality night skies.

    The Predator Prey Arms Race with Brett Seymoure

    The Predator Prey Arms Race with Brett Seymoure

    Nearly all animals see light differently than we do. Dr. Seymour endeavors to understand how light drives organismal behavior. To that end, he tries to bridge the gap between astronomers, light engineers and biologists. Each of these camps has elements of tools and measurement models that he thinks could be brought together collaboratively and synergistically to benefit our ecosystem and the study of it.Dr. Seymoure’s research program is interdisciplinary and combines physiological, histological, and astronomical methods to understand the importance of natural light as well as the consequences of artificial light on animal behavior and ecology of animals. Overall objectives of his research are to: 1) determine how light cycles have driven visual adaptations and predator-prey dynamics; 2) quantify and investigate the myriad effects and consequences of artificial light at night on animals (mostly insects, spiders, and reptiles) from the cellular to landscape level; 3) investigate visual and morphological (e.g. coloration) adaptations that render individuals more evolutionarily successful; 4) develop techniques for quantifying light in a non-human and biologically relevant manner; 5) quantify and monitor insect populations in the Chihuahuan desert; and 6) utilize current biological research to increase learning efficacy in undergraduate courses. To accomplish these objectives, Dr. Seymoure relies upon both field and laboratory work that ranges from electrophysiology of animal eyes, automated video tracking of animal behavior, and predator-prey experiments under natural conditions.

    • 54 min
    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter May 9th, 2024

    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter May 9th, 2024

    The Darkness News Update is a biweekly series that explores current events in light at night – be it biological research, new developments in lamps, actions by advocates, and changes in policy.Highlights from this episode:Self DriveBike TrailsBeer RunMoth TrapsSponsored by EvlumaIntro and outro music by Doctor Turtle 

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    Electro-Soup With a Side of Light Pollution with Odette Wilkens

    Electro-Soup With a Side of Light Pollution with Odette Wilkens

    This one isn’t exactly about light pollution, but you’re going to want to hear it anyway. It’s all about 5G. No, not the “5G cell towers are giving you Covid 19” conspiracy, this is about the deleterious effects of radio frequency waves on your health. With the lack of updated standards, and the usual corporate protectionism, this train is full speed ahead unless people like Odette can cut the tracks. Take your phone away from your head! Odette Wilkens has been a technology transactional attorney for over 20 years, having represented multi-national corporations in entertainment, finance and technology.  She co-founded Wired Broadband, Inc. (WBI) a non-profit in New York City, and The National Call for Safe Technology, a coalition of over 100 organizations and individuals nationwide.  Both organizations advocate protections for the public by promoting safer telecommunications.   Expanding her efforts in NYC, she founded the NYC Alliance for Safe Technology, a coalition of NYC residents, civic leaders, and community board leaders and members, advocating for the responsible placement of wireless facilities.  In her various roles, she has been promoting the benefits of wired broadband connectivity to bridge the digital divide for the unserved, underserved and disabled communities.  Connect with Odette: National level: https://thenationalcall.org/ Local level (NYC): https://www.wiredbroadband.org/ www.facebook.com/wiredbroadband linkedin.com/in/odette-j-wilkens-esq-8153a32

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter April 25, 2024

    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter April 25, 2024

    The Darkness News Update is a biweekly series that explores current events in light at night – be it biological research, new developments in lamps, actions by advocates, and changes in policy. This series is sponsored by Evluma.Highlights from this episode:Space RaceRat RaceFlock and Flyways ProtestsIntro and outro music by Doctor Turtle Headlines and Sources can be found on restoringdarkness.com

    • 9 min
    Does Exterior Lighting Make a Difference with Professor Phil Edwards

    Does Exterior Lighting Make a Difference with Professor Phil Edwards

    Epidemiology. From the Greek “epi,” meaning “among,” and “demos” meaning “the people.” In modern usage, epidemiology is the study of disease in populations. Professor Edwards uses this term for the “disease” of road traffic accidents. He has done extensive research on this in relation to reduced street lighting, by compiling data from scores of municipalities in Britain and has come to the conclusion that… well you’ll have to listen to the episode. Phil Edwards is a Professor of Epidemiology & Statistics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, one of the world's leading public health universities. His research has focused on road safety (particularly of pedestrians), and he has used interrupted time series analysis methods to evaluate the effects of 20 mph traffic speed zones on road injuries in London and the effects of reduced street lighting on road casualties and crime in England. Most recently, he has researched construction site injuries in lower income countries, where rapid urbanization requires construction on an unprecedented scale. 

    • 43 min
    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter April 11, 2024

    Darkness News Update with Scott Wachter April 11, 2024

    Highlights from this episode: - ALAN and Stroke - DST and Mortality - Lamps and Fixtures that Are Not Sponsors - New OrdinancesSponsor:  Evluma  https://evluma.com/dark-sky-friendly-lighting/ Intro and outro music by Doctor Turtle Headlines and Sources:ALAN Increases Risk of Strokehttps://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/STROKEAHA.123.044904ANSES Recommends Limiting Blue Light Exposurehttps://www.anses.fr/en/content/leds-anses%E2%80%99s-recommendations-limiting-exposure-blue-lightDST Does Affect Mortality Rateshttps://bmjmedicine.bmj.com/content/3/1/e000771Low Income, Racialized Neighborhoods in US South Have More Light Pollutionhttps://www.mdpi.com/2624-5175/6/2/16Red Lights for Research Labshttps://www.arch-products.com/featured/article/33016026/the-case-for-using-narrow-spectrum-non-filtered-red-led-lighting-in-animal-research-facilitiesPanasonic Launches Anti-Glare Anti-Light Pollution LED Flood Lamphttps://re-how.net/699537/Cree Lighting Debuts Street Lighting Products for 'Visual Comfort' https://www.uslightingtrends.com/portfolio/cree-lighting-introduces-guideway-series-street-light-that-delivers-visual-comfort/ Emerson Offers New Industrial LEDs for Low Light Trespasshttps://electricalindustry.ca/product-news/emerson-upgrades-led-industrial-luminaires-to-support-drive-to-lower-energy-requirements-and-minimize-light-pollution/More Brands Are Offering Turtle-Friendly Tape LEDshttps://www.lightnowblog.com/2024/03/growth-in-turtle-friendly-tape-light/UK Gov to Research Headlightshttps://www.iaaf.co.uk/news/govt-plans-to-independently-research-headlamp-glare/#:~:text=Once%20implemented%2C%20these%20tougher%20requirements,identify%20any%20further%20appropriate%20mitigations.UT Governor Signs Dark Sky Month Proclamationhttps://utahnewsdispatch.com/briefs/utah-governor-names-april-dark-sky-month/Summit County and Park City, UT Set Lighting Ordinanceshttps://www.kpcw.org/summit-county/2024-04-04/summit-county-park-city-dark-skies-ordinances-take-full-effect-this-yearBrisbane, CA Begins Work on Lighting Ordinance Compliancehttps://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/brisbane-woman-hopes-to-bring-back-starry-sky-by-reducing-light-pollution/Truckee, CA Launches Rebate Program for Responsible Lightinghttps://www.sierrasun.com/news/town-of-truckee-urging-residents-to-embrace-the-night-launches-dark-skies-rebate-program/Marathon, Fl Amends Lighting Ordinance for Trespass Ruleshttps://keysweekly.com/42/which-lights-are-legal-graphic-illustrates-new-ordinance-in-marathon/ Oak Hill Development Threatens DS Statushttps://www.kxan.com/investigations/will-oak-hill-project-affect-nearby-dark-sky-community/Edison County, NJ Sues Over Billboardshttps://www.yahoo.com/news/edison-looking-crack-down-billboards-085217744.htmlSC Beaches Ready for Turtle Nestinghttps://original.newsbreak.com/@explore-beaufort-sc-1602564/3390301419606-sea-turtle-nesting-season-coming-soon-to-south-carolina-beachesToronto, ON Begins Lights Out Campaignhttps://totimes.ca/city-launches-lights-out-toronto-campaign-to-protect-migratory-birds/NV to Offer 'Dark Sky' License Plateshttps://www.2news.com/news/local/nevadas-new-license-plate-celebrates-dark-skies-conservation/article_755dc4c4-f158-11ee-ad19-1765e6ee14a6.htmlGMU Cancels Cricket Pitch Planshttps://www.gazetteleader.com/fairfax/sports/pullback-on-cricket-field-leaves-university-baseball-team-in-limbo-8528201Connect with Restoring Darkness:Instagram: @restoringdarknessTwitter: restoringdrknssFacebook: restoringdarknessLinkedin: restoring-darknesswww.restoringdarkness.com

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