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Citizen Science

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, resear...

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...

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 ...

Eyes Wide Shut-down

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

The government shutdown perversely prevents people from fulfilling their roles as citizens. It voids the heroic commitment of regular people who devote thousands upon thousands of hours each year to helping safeguard our natural capital.

LOOK: 'Science Selfies' Put Spotlight On YOU

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.16.2013 | Science

Science is all around us, and nearly everyone can get involved -- from conducting a critical lab experiment to strolling through a natural history mus...

Flying on the Umwelt

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Hawkwatching is a crazy, cosmic, exhilarating, and exhausting activity. Wednesday we count more than 250 birds over about a six and a half hour period. Long stretches of time go by with no birds.

Citizen Scientists Aim High for Education

Lee Schneider | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Lee Schneider

There is something important going on here, linked with the DIY movement, living at the intersection of science, learning, and fun. Citizen scientists have given us a powerful educational tool.

WATCH: Massive Unibrow Spotlights NASA Scientist's Theory

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

From Frida Kahlo to Anthony Davis, some people seem to do just fine with a bushy brow -- but that may not be the case for everyone. In fact, a whim...

Squirrelly Citizen Science

George Zaidan | Posted 02.20.2013 | Science
George Zaidan

Most squirrel observation is low-tech, involving a pair of binoculars and a notebook. has a list of squirrel-related citizen science projects, and if you think you're sly enough to outsmart squirrels, we have a limited-time competition just for you!

Two of a Kind: Where Technology Meets Social Innovation

Patricia Morizio | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Patricia Morizio

Technology can be a great catalyst of change, but it cannot be considered a silver bullet to the world's myriad of complex problems. We must involve the creative and cultural industries with the technical.

Citizen Science: Creating a Culture of Curiosity

George Zaidan | Posted 01.14.2013 | Science
George Zaidan

These days it can seem like you need a ten-person lab, multimillion dollar equipment, and three PhD's to make even the tiniest contribution to science. But Lily Bui of says that all you really need are your five senses... and, of course, a sense of adventure!

Cyclists Turn Into Scientists With Roadkill Reporting Project

Posted 05.11.2012 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon: The open road is a dangerous place, especially if you're not in a car. But thanks to a new "road eco...

David Sands

Wildflowers And Urban Ecology: There's An App For That | David Sands | Posted 03.22.2012 | Detroit

Ever wonder exactly what species of grass is growing in Detroit's urban prairie? Or whether it's safe to eat the berries growing on the tree in the lo...

Citizen Science As a Model for Disaster Information

W. David Stephenson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Science
W. David Stephenson

The reason for my optimism is a convergence between scientific research about what people really do in disasters, namely engaging in highly sophisticated collaborative behavior, and the advent of sophisticated mobile devices and social media that can encourage such behavior.