Monthly News Round Up - November

Hello, and welcome back to Thermascan's Monthly News Round Up, the definitive collection of all the best stories, articles, and videos from the world of thermal imaging in November.

Can you believe we've made it to the end of the year already? How are the Christmas preparations going for you all? Why not take a break from all the madness, sit down and relax, and have a read through November's highlights.


"The generation that grew up with Nike Dri-FIT is making dress shirts you could run a marathon in" - QUARTZ: A handful of men's clothing companies have been using thermal imaging as a tool in the development of new fabrics. They have created a new range of men's dress shirts that aim to help regulate body temperature, much like professional sportswear does. It seems as if the jury is still out on how successful they are, but to a whole host of men stuck in stuffy offices, these could be  game changer!  

"5 things to expect from David Attenborough's Planet Earth II" - Radio Times: The Radio Times compiled this list of 5 highlights from the recently aired second series of Planet Earth (how good has it been by the way?!). Number one on the list describes how the crew used thermal imaging cameras to capture the nighttime activities of leopards, in and around the Indian city of Mumbai.

"Typical American Street Food Becomes Pop Art When Photographed With A Thermal Camera" - Smash: Photographer Brea Souders' latest project 'Thermogaphy' pretty much does what it says on the tin. Souders took a series of thermal images of typical American diner foods, pizza, fries, etc. She explains her use of thermography, describing how the "special camera uses state of the art technology to detect infrared radiation, thereby displaying differing levels of heat in various colours and creating imaging reminiscent of pop art". 

"Thermal Cameras Help to Reduce the Invasiveness of Cochlear Implant Surgery" - Labmate Online: FLIR thermal imaging cameras have been helping to make cochlear implant surgery on young children and babies less invasive, and therefore safer. By gaining a thermal view of the patient's bone structure, doctors are able to pinpoint a far more accurate look at the skull, thereby making it easier to drill into the head, and to do so with reduced risk.

"Immersion in science - off the grid in the Amazon" - Met Office: Chantelle Burton, Climate Change Scientist at the Met Office, writes this blog detailing her activities during a week she spent deep in the Amazon. The trip was to participate in the 'Amazonia and Climate Change Field Course', in which attendees used various technologies, including thermal imaging, to conduct research and measurements.


"Birds in Thermal - Are Wings Warm or Cold?" - Life in Thermal: It's a fairly long one, but this video is pretty fascinating all the same. Feeding birds are filmed with a thermal camera, illustrating their varying temperatures during activities. 

"How energy is wasted in the home: Geography - Save Your Energy" - BBC Teach: Kate Humble sets a number of families in Scotland the challenge of reducing their energy usage and bills by 30% is just 3 weeks. As part of this, she invites Dr Alan Owen, and energy and sustainability expert, to demonstrate how poor insulation can cause homes to lose lots of heat and energy, using a thermal camera.

"Sea Otter Fur FLIR - Aquarium of the Pacific" - Aquarium of the Pacific: Using a FLIR camera, the Aquarium of the Pacific were able to illustrate how a sea otter's fur works to keep them warm when in the cold sea water. Some great footage of some adorable animals!

"Inspirational Physics Lab Team - Curtin University" - Curtin University: The return of 'Science Friday' saw this great video from Curtin University in Western Australia, in which an undergraduate physics team use thermal imaging to help bring research and theories to life, and make their classes that little bit more fun!

"The infrared explained!" - Thunderf00t: Using his thermal camera, Youtuber and science fan Thunderf00t explains infrared and the visible spectrum.

So that's it, another monthly round up, and another year, done! Thank you for reading, and thank you all for your support over the past year. Have a very merry Christmas, and we'll see you in 2017 for December's round up. 

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