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We Must All be the Lorax

Dan Rockmore | Posted 01.29.2017 | Science
Dan Rockmore

I teach at Dartmouth College, famous among other things for having provided a home to the author Theodore Geisel (aka "Dr. Seuss") during his formativ...

Can You Rely on DIY Air Pollution Sensors?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.05.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Richard E. Peltier, University of Massachusetts Amherst Until recently, measuring air pollution was a task that could be performed only by trained sc...

People-powered science in Africa: a boost for democracy and knowledge

The Conversation Africa | Posted 08.14.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Marina Joubert, Stellenbosch University December 1900 marked the first ever "Christmas Bird Count". Its aim was to get people counting bird species r...

Large Hadron Collider Update and Your Participation

Alice Bean | Posted 05.18.2016 | Science
Alice Bean

As a particle physicist working with the CMS collaboration taking data in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), now is an incredibly exciting time. In my...

Exclusive Ideagen Talk by Dylan Vecchione, Founder and CEO - ReefQuest

George Sifakis | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
George Sifakis

Ideagen Talk by Dylan Vecchione, Founder and CEO - ReefQuest Annual Ideagen Data for Good Summit - Washington, DC - March 2016 The Power of Citizen S...

Human-machine superintelligence: how to live and prosper with AI

George Zarkadakis | Posted 01.24.2017 | Technology
George Zarkadakis

Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers of AI, published a book in 1986 with the title "Society of Mind" where he described a theory of intelligence. Minky'...

5 Reasons to Get Out and Travel!

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 01.15.2017 | Travel
Tam Warner Minton

I realize that not everyone wants to travel, but there is no question that it provides invaluable experience and insight to the traveler and to the people the traveler knows or meets. Here are five excellent reasons to see other parts of the world.

The Re-Emergent Local Public Sphere

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.28.2016 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Many citizens are enthusiastic about improving their communities and local governments are employing new technologies to take advantage of this resurgence in civic energy. Local level governments, providing an ever-growing share of public service delivery, are experimenting to engage and empower citizens.

Citizen Science: A Pathway for Citizen Engagement and Innovation

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.24.2016 | Science
Hollie Russon Gilman

A combined, cross-sector approach focused on citizens is necessary. The results can be more citizens engaged in the critical science policies that impact our society.

Citizen Science Comes of Age: Everyday People Doing Extraordinary Science

Cristina Eisenberg | Posted 11.04.2016 | Science
Cristina Eisenberg

Defined as engagement of non-professionals in scientific investigation, citizen science involves volunteers asking questions, collecting data, or interpreting results. Any form of citizen science leads to change because it influences human relationships with nature.

Not All Entanglements End Happily

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Tam Warner Minton

Don't you love seeing whale and animal rescues on YOUTUBE or tv or the news? I know I do. I especially enjoy the one where the whale thanked her saviors by giving them a breaching display for over an hour.

White House Explores How 'Citizen Science' Can Help Society

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.30.2015 | Technology

Doing experiments isn't just for the birds, and it's not just for the professional scientists, either. Long before anyone ever thought of "crowdsourci...

So You Want to Be a (Citizen) Scientist?

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 09.29.2016 | Science
Aaron Dubrow

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has got you covered. NSF supports citizen science and crowdsourcing efforts across all areas of science, whether your passion is scanning the night sky, exploring your own backyard or playing video games.

Stress and the Celiac: How to Fuel Research and Solve Challenges

Alice Bast | Posted 08.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Alice Bast

Use your imagination just one more time: Think about the impact that our collective input can have on research. Those of us with celiac disease are in the fight together. We can unify our voices to amplify celiac disease, be heard, and help build the pathway to a cure.

The New Biohackers: How (and Where) They Work

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2016 | Science

Unfettered by institutions, the new biohackers have discovered that community labs have more benefits than just cheap lab space. This resultant wave of startups promises to be formidable as seasoned biotech players step up to the plate.

This Zoo Needs Your Help Spying On Animals

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green

In an effort to better understand the animals around us, wildlife researchers in Chicago are reaching out to the public to help them make progress on ...

50 Years Later: Honoring the Wilderness Act Through Citizen Science

Kayri Havens | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Kayri Havens

The Wilderness Act is a reminder of the importance of protecting and preserving our wild spaces -- in the United States and around the world. As I look forward to the next 50 years, I see amazing opportunities for conservation and discovery, and unprecedented risks and challenges facing our natural world.

Hitchhikers From Interstellar Space? | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 08.14.2014 | Science

Seven tiny grains of rock captured by NASA's comet-chasing Stardust probe in 2004 may be visitors from the vast reaches of interstellar space, researc...

Volunteer Fossil Hunter Makes Record-Setting Discovery

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science

Think you need a fancy degree to do important scientific work? Think again. This week scientists confirmed that a huge dinosaur bone unearthed on a...

Computing a Cure for HIV: 9 Ways Supercomputers Help Scientists Understand and Treat the Virus

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 08.20.2014 | Science
Aaron Dubrow

Scientists harness the power of thousands of computer processors simultaneously to better understand how the HIV virus interacts with the cells it infects, to discover or design new drugs that can attack the virus at its weak spots and even to use genetic information about the exact variants of the virus to develop patient-specific treatments.

How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

Jennifer Raff | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science
Jennifer Raff

To form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field. And to be able to distinguish between good and bad interpretations of research, you have to be willing and able to read the primary research literature for yourself.

Be Trendy and Hip and Use That Smartphone for Science

Chevy Humphrey | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science
Chevy Humphrey

Without the typical training and science education that is required of university and other professional scientists, everyday people can foster the behavior of asking questions about the world around them, seeking out the answers to those questions, and documenting their own observations and conclusions.

Citizen Scientists Make Contact With Old Space Probe | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Science

Red tape and a moderate earthquake did not deter a private group from meeting its goal of making contact with a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft that has b...

Cheerleaders Fight Stereotypes With Germy Space Experiment | Robert Z. Pearlman | Posted 03.13.2014 | Science

A very, very (very) small sample from John Glenn's 1962 Mercury capsule "Friendship 7" is set to launch to the International Space Station as part of ...

Crowdsourcing Seahorses: Science, Conservation -- and You

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Around the world, seahorses have a large fan base. Most people can't help but be charmed by their equine heads and prehensile tails, or be fascinated ...