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Expedition Pioneers Issue A Call For Citizen Oceanographers

Expedition Pioneers Issue A Call For Citizen Oceanographers

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the existence of technology such as GPS navigation and satellite imagery, much of the Earth’s oceans remain unexplored – a problem that has led to the authors of a new PLOS...

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2014-09-12 23:03:35

The Adler Planetarium and Lincoln Park Zoo collaborate on new web-based platform that engages the public from home or classroom in scientific research through photo identification technology CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) September 12, 2014 Today, the Adler Planetarium and Lincoln Park Zoo launched Chicago Wildlife Watch, a new web-based citizen science initiative that provides an opportunity for students, teachers and members of the public to actively participate in Chicagoland wildlife research...

Many Studies Rely On Citizen-science Data, But Few Acknowledge It
2014-09-04 03:51:12

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Hundreds of thousands of volunteer data collectors are due for some thanks from scientists, according to a new paper that reveals the role of citizen science in studies of birds and climate change. Data collected by amateurs underpins up to 77 percent of the studies in this field, but that fact is largely invisible by the time the research appears in journals, according to a study published today in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. “Our paper is a chance...

Astronomers Discover Nearly 200 Previously Unknown 'Red' Galaxies
2014-06-13 11:46:53

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the greatest aspects of NASA’s astronomical research program is that the data accumulated from virtually all of the instruments – X-ray satellites, Infrared detectors, gamma-ray satellites – is available to the public. This means professional and amateur astronomers alike have the ability to make breakthrough discoveries. For instance, in 2007 Dutch school teacher Hanny van Arkel discovered a peculiar blob in an...

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...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.