kevan + pigeons   21

"I spend a great deal of time walking the streets trying to capture moments. The only photographs on my website that are staged or digitally manipulated are the photographs clearly labeled as ‘adverts’ in the commissioned section."
photos  coincidences  london  pigeons  via:richardwiseman 
january 2009 by kevan
"PigeonBlog enlists homing pigeons to participate in a grassroots scientific data gathering initiative designed to collect and distribute information about air quality conditions to the general public."
pigeons  air  pollution  technology  gps 
august 2008 by kevan
BBC NEWS | UK | Wood pigeons 'flocking to towns'
"A survey by 16,500 householders found wood pigeons in 46% of London gardens, compared to just 27% for the more familiar feral pigeon. [A] decade ago the wood pigeon did not appear in the list, but now it is the fourth most common species identified."
birds  pigeons 
january 2008 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Arts | Back from the dead
The rise of modern taxidermy. "I get calls from people I've only met once at a party saying their cat brought something in and did I want it. I will drive for miles to collect something, although I'm getting a bit sick of squirrels and pigeons."
death  art  pigeons 
august 2006 by kevan
The Observer | UK News | Pigeons' homing instinct is all down to smell
"Research found that pigeons create 'odour' maps of their neighbourhoods and use these to orient themselves. This replaces the idea that they exploited subtle variations in the Earth's magnetic field to navigate." Cruel experiment, though.
pigeons  smell  maps 
august 2006 by kevan
IBNLive : Winged ghost terrorises village
"A pigeon with a miniature plastic skull dangling around its neck and with glowing red bulbs in the eye sockets is in the custody of the police."
ghosts  pigeons  monsters  india  technology  hoaxes  via:hoaxes 
may 2006 by kevan
The Morning News - The Brooklyn Pigeon Wars
"The Brooklyn Pigeon Wars, as they call it, is an aerial social casino. To play, a coop owner releases all or a portion of his pigeons, letting them fly freely in a flock over Brooklyn, meeting up with similar flocks released by other owners."
pigeons  games  war 
may 2006 by kevan
New Scientist - Pigeon-brained birds can think in logarithms
"Pigeons might perceive time on a logarithmic scale on which higher values are increasingly compressed together."
pigeons  time  science 
may 2006 by kevan
New Scientist Technology - Pigeons to set up a smog blog
"Later this year 20 of the birds will take to the skies [each] carrying a GPS receiver, air pollution sensors and a basic cellphone. They will measure levels of pollutants they encounter, and beam back their findings [to] a blog in real time."
pigeons  pollution  weblogs 
february 2006 by kevan
Sounds of the World's Animals
"Animals make much the same sounds around the world, but each language expresses them differently. English and French cows sound the same, but not in English and French!" And Japanese bees go "bunbun".
language  sound  world  bees  cows  pigeons  pigs  monkeys  mammals  cats  birds 
october 2005 by kevan
The Rock Doves of Rosslyn
Pigeon sports. "One game you can play with the local park pigeons is to 'remote' control them, like toy cars. [...] Since [a pigeon] will always walk with its tail towards you, you can make it go just about anywhere on a flat open space."
games  pigeons 
october 2005 by kevan
The London Pigeon Wars - Patrick Neate
Picking up a lot, a few chapters in; London pigeons randomly acquire thought and language, and begin to rise up in random acts of terrorism, while a group of twentysomething lives and relationships are rethreaded and refocused.
booklog  london  pigeons  war 
august 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Shortcuts
More on pigeons ("Feral pigeons that are picking up chips will, like any individual, risk weight problems."), and also How To Read A Bookshelf: "One of the first things the police do when they raid a terrorist's home is examine the bookshelf."
pigeons  food  litter  books  terrorism 
july 2005 by kevan
icWales - Rise of super-pigeons due to food litter
"Fast food leftovers on Welsh streets is creating overweight 'super-pigeons', that rely on waste to survive." [...] "Pigeons become dependent on you for their diet and when flocks gather this spreads disease and drives smaller birds away."
pigeons  litter  food  pestilence  birds 
july 2005 by kevan
Why Can Pigeons Make Judgements About Style?
Training pigeons to distinguish cubism from impressionism. "After a brief training period, the birds were shown entirely different paintings by the same artists, and they were still able to make the distinction between the artists' works."
pigeons  art  eyes  brains 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Jon Ronson: Spot the bird
"The pigeons (formally rock doves) were escapees from medieval dovecotes, [...] bred for their meat and their droppings, which was used to make gunpowder. On their escape they took to the ledges and rooftops, like their clifftop-dwelling ancestors."
london  birds  pigeons  ronson 
may 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Pigeons reveal map-reading secret
"A 10-year Oxford University study discovered some pigeons turn off at certain motorway junctions and use landmarks to remember where they are."
pigeons  transport  surveillance 
march 2005 by kevan
Pigeon Religion
"They are gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear and visions we shall never see."
pigeons  religion 
february 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Pigeons 'sense magnetic field'
"[When] they attached magnets to the birds' beaks, their ability to discriminate when the magnetic coils were switched on or off was drastically impaired."
pigeons  science 
november 2004 by kevan
Urban Eyes - Feeding RFID chips to pigeons
Hypothetical: "When the bird flies about, the seed triggers the CCTV / webcam network in a city based on its proximity to the camera. The images are then sent to the person (his PDA) who fed the bird creating a story about the bird and the city."
barcodes  food  pigeons  surveillance 
july 2004 by kevan
The Scotsman - WMDs to be dropped by pigeon post
Cold War plans to strap explosive anthrax capsules onto pigeons' legs.
pigeons  terrorism  war 
may 2004 by kevan

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