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Linux Aids The Hunt for Red Tide in Sarasota

Apr 24, 2007, 11:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Currier)

"Almost every autumn the beaches of Southwest Florida fill with stinking piles of dead fish, thanks to a tiny algae called Karenia brevis, better known as red tide. Researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., are tallying red tide blooms with an arsenal that includes Linux and open source software.

"In August 2005, engineers in the phytoplankton ecology program at Mote were putting the finishing touches on a new red tide detector: an optical phytoplankton discriminator, affectionately nicknamed the BreveBuster..."

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