Have you ever wondered what kind of pollutants could be leaking into your backyard? Public Lab recently unveiled a DIY open source kit that lets you identify oil pollution by type and determine where it might be coming from. Designed to empower residents and impede major polluters from shirking responsibility, the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit uses an open source spectrometer and ultraviolet laser to match suspected samples with known samples of crude oil, motor oil, heating oil, or other petroleum-based contaminants. Can’t wait to get your hands on one of your own? Support Public Lab’s Kickstarter today to secure your spot on their Beta Testing Program.
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