Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Q: "What's that tree?" A: "There's an app for that."

Gadgetbox - Scientists unveil new mobile app to identify trees


Image via MSNBC


'This is going to be able to populate a database of every tree in the United States,' Kress said. 'I mean that's millions and millions and millions of trees, so that would be really neat.' 
It's also the first real chance for citizens to directly access some of the science based on the nearly 5 million specimens kept by the U.S. National Herbarium at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The collection began in 1848 and is among the world's 10 largest plant collections.
Very cool. Just don't defoliate the trees in your local park or forest to get leaf pictures!

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