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New Star Counting App Asks Citizen Scientists To Map The Skies
2013-12-20 15:46:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online German researchers are asking citizen scientists to use an app to help them count the stars in their city to see how light pollution affects what shows up in the night sky. Scientists developed the “Loss of the Night" app to measure how the brightness of the sky changes over time, as lighting technologies change. The app has been expanded to support 11 languages to gather data from as many regions as possible. “Since the app...

2013-12-12 23:03:55

Google Global Impact Award will enable Zooniverse, a nonprofit collaboration led by the Adler Planetarium and the University of Oxford, to make setting up a citizen science project as easy as starting a blog and could lead to thousands of innovative new projects. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 12, 2013 A $1.8 million Google Global Impact Award will enable Zooniverse, a nonprofit collaboration led by the Adler Planetarium and the University of Oxford, to make setting up a citizen science...

2013-11-19 16:49:06

As the Do-It-Yourself Biology (DIYbio) community has grown, so have concerns among media and policymakers about these science enthusiasts’ ability to wield DNA and manipulate life. In 2009, for example, a Wall Street Journal headline summed up the popular misconception: “In Attics and Closets, ‘Biohackers’ Discover their Inner Frankenstein.” But in a first-ever survey of DIYbio practitioners (DIYers), the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for...

2013-11-07 13:48:10

The University of Oklahoma Natural Products Discovery Group has taken an unconventional approach to finding new compounds with therapeutic relevance by launching a crowdsourcing initiative with citizen scientists from around the country. With this approach, OU researchers team with the public to sample soils from all across the United States for the purpose of identifying new microorganisms that produce drug-like compounds. This effort recently led to the discovery of maximiscin, a unique...

McGill University DNA Game Rolls The Dice With Citizen Science
2013-10-25 05:44:24

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2010, a team of bioinformaticians at McGill University developed a game called “Phylo,” a sort of Tetris and Rubik’s Cube hybrid with a scientific bent. Phylo asks players to line up colored rectangles that represent DNA sequences, thereby spotting genetic anomalies that act as the precursor to diseases like breast cancer, diabetes and tumors. This game has been used as an experiment in action — a way to share some of the...

Galaxy Zoo 2 Project Citizen Scientists
2013-09-24 10:15:41

[ Watch the Video: Galaxy Zoo 2 Project Crowdsourcing Catalogue ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With today’s modern telescopes collecting new data on the vast stretches of our universe at an unprecedented rate, astronomers are having a hard time keeping up. For help, an international group of researchers has turned to everyone’s favorite resource – the Internet. By enlisting over 83,000 volunteer citizen scientists online, researchers at the Galaxy Zoo 2...

2013-07-10 15:17:01

USGS is incorporating quick and inexpensive approaches to enhance earthquake research The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other scientific institutions are using social media and crowdsourcing to learn more about earthquakes, according to a new report. These techniques provide inexpensive and rapid data to augment and extend the capabilities provided by traditional monitoring techniques. The new report, Transforming Earthquake Detection and Science Through Citizen Seismology, released...

2013-04-17 12:23:48

Journalism students at Western University explore citizen science in new series on rabble.ca TORONTO, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - At a time when many scientists argue they are being muzzled by the federal government, citizen science is on the rise. With the help of journalism students from Western University, media sites rabble.ca and The Tyee are putting citizen science under the microscope. Citizen science is a growing movement in many countries.  It is made up of projects where...

Green Pea Galaxies Could Offer Astronomers An Understanding Of The Early Universe
2013-04-03 16:49:59

University of Michigan The rare Green Pea galaxies discovered by the general public in 2007 could help confirm astronomers' understanding of reionization, a pivotal stage in the evolution of the early universe, say University of Michigan researchers. Reionization occurred a few hundred million years after the Big Bang as the first stars were turning on and forming the first galaxies. During this period, the space between the galaxies changed from an opaque, neutral fog to a transparent...

Citizen Science Valuable, Benefits Marine Research Greatly
2013-03-13 12:48:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Mobile technology is enabling people to become productive in ways they never thought possible and recently the scientific community has been looking to tap into that productivity by enlisting citizen scientists. To see just how reliable crowd-sourced research can be, a group of international scientists decided to check data collected by citizen scientists against information collected using traditional scientific means and found that...