Book Review: Citizen Science for Now and for Always

Mary Ellen Hannibal, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, New York, NY: The Experiment, 2016. 432 pp. $29.95 hardcover, $17.95 paperback. Mary Ellen Hannibal’s Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction is a beautiful collection that explores a wide range of stories. From the … Read more “Book Review: Citizen Science for Now and for Always”

Categories: Book Review, Environment

LingoBoingo: Play Games, Make the World Smarter

Who doesn’t like playing games? What if you could play fun games online and in the process make the world a smarter place? That’s the idea behind LingoBoingo. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Linguistic Data Consortium and department of Computer and Information Science, the University of Essex, Queen Mary University of London, the Université … Read more “LingoBoingo: Play Games, Make the World Smarter”

Categories: Gaming, Project Profile

Blue Water Task Force expands its reach by teaming up with Swim Guide

Check out the Blue Water Task Force on SciStarter! The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever open data standard for the automated exchange of recreational water quality data. Recreational waters at ocean and freshwater beaches, lakes and rivers are monitored for harmful bacteria and pathogens that can threaten human … Read more “Blue Water Task Force expands its reach by teaming up with Swim Guide”

Categories: Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

Post by Ruthanna Gordon, Ph.D. She is a steering committee member of the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science. One strength of citizen science is in its ability to gather granular, hyper-local data—and to bring that data together into a big-picture understanding of what’s happening nationally or globally. How are patterns of rainfall shifting … Read more “Sharing Across Scales in Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing”

Categories: Citizen Science News, Events

Becoming a Bio-Engineer

The genetic modification of crops (GMOs) and the concept of designer babies (thanks to CRISPR technology) may be two of the most recognizable, yet controversial, topics related to the field of genetic engineering. At its core, genetic engineering, also known as bioengineering, is the genetic modification of an organism. Some view genetic engineering as an … Read more “Becoming a Bio-Engineer”

Categories: Biology, CitSci Research, Do-It-Yourself, Project Profile

A Year of Citizen Science Calendar: December

As a gift to the citizen science community, this holiday season, SciStarter created a beautiful citizen science calendar!  This calendar was developed with the help of a lot of people. The Citizen Science Association Listserv and Jill Nugent compiled an awesome collection of events, and then Erica Chenoweth took this list and created a Google … Read more “A Year of Citizen Science Calendar: December”

Categories: About Us, Calendar

Give the gift of citizen science this year!

Overwhelmed with holiday shopping? Well, maybe our team can help you out with some gifts that support citizen science! Whether it’s a kit or some citizen science project swag, there are a lot of ways to show your support and share the world of citizen science with your friends and relatives. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Apps, Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Featured Projects, Geology & Earth Sciences, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Ocean & Water

Combating Climate Change: Advice from a Fellow of the Royal Society, England’s National Academy of Science, Which Launched on This Day in 1660

England’s Royal Society, the national academy founded on November 28, 1660, is still churning out loads of scientific excellence. In this blog, a current fellow shares how we can all help combat climate change. On November 28, 1660, English scientist Christopher Wren spoke at Gresham College in Central London, launching what is now the Royal … Read more “Combating Climate Change: Advice from a Fellow of the Royal Society, England’s National Academy of Science, Which Launched on This Day in 1660”

Categories: Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, This Day in Science History