‘Tis the Season! 12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science

Photo: John Ohab 12 Days of Christmas The holiday season is upon us! In the spirit of the season, we’ve put together another edition of our ever popular annual 12 Days of Christmas Newsletter. Cheers! The SciStarter Team On the 1st Day of Christmas, Treezilla gave to me: A measuring tape around a pear tree, … Read more “‘Tis the Season! 12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science”

Categories: Animals, Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Gaming, Geology & Earth Sciences, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter

Playing It Safe Online: NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Trains You to Carefully Navigate the Web

With our ever-increasing connectivity and reliance on the internet, cybersecurity is a growing concern. Despite all the cautionary warnings about cyber safety, individuals, companies and government agencies still fall victim to attack. So what does it take to stay safe? NOVA, in partnership with computer scientists and cybersecurity experts, created the Cybersecurity Lab, a digital … Read more “Playing It Safe Online: NOVA Cybersecurity Lab Trains You to Carefully Navigate the Web”

Categories: Citizen Science, Computers & Technology, Gaming

VerbCorner – A Window Into The Brain One Thought At A Time

VerbCorner invites citizen scientists to answer fun questions about words and their meanings to eventually help train computers to understand language. SciStarter is shuffling science into the language department. Explore the science of words with these citizen science projects! Verb. Noun. Pronoun. Adjective. Adverb. Preposition. Conjunction. Interjection… If you’re anything like me, the sight of … Read more “VerbCorner – A Window Into The Brain One Thought At A Time”

Categories: Citizen Science, Computers & Technology, Gaming

Mind Control, Concentration, and Color – Understanding the Stroop Effect

In a technologically savvy, hyper-caffeinated, on-the-go society, it can be nearly impossible to ignore distracting information. With flashing lights to deafening sounds, even our smartphones demand attention. How does the mind sort through these conflicting signals, allowing us to concentrate and process only the most important visual cues? Ignore That! was developed by Dr. Joshua … Read more “Mind Control, Concentration, and Color – Understanding the Stroop Effect”

Categories: Citizen Science, Gaming

Playing Games for the Cure – Become a NanoDoc and Help Bioengineers Design New Nanomedicine

It’s likely you never expected to aid cutting edge cancer research by playing computer games, but the makers of NanoDoc are asking citizen scientists to do just that.   By designing nanoparticles – tiny clusters that are made up of only tens to thousands of atoms – and running simulations of how they interact in the … Read more “Playing Games for the Cure – Become a NanoDoc and Help Bioengineers Design New Nanomedicine”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Gaming, Health, Science Education Standards

Citizen Sort: Who is in that photo?

Pictures, puzzles, and play. Citizen Sort is a collection of interactive games in which players sort and classify photos of unidentified animals. The project is the brain child of researchers at Syracuse University School of Information. The goal is to enable scientists to use pictures of wildlife from the web to help them study changes … Read more “Citizen Sort: Who is in that photo?”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Gaming, Insects

Fraxinus to Fight Fungus

Human beings are remarkably capable animals when it comes to pattern recognition. The human ability to quickly and accurately recognize recurrent patterns is a skill that numerous citizen science projects have put to work on large, difficult data sets. Galaxy Zoo uses these skills to assist with the morphological classification of galaxies. Pattern recognition and … Read more “Fraxinus to Fight Fungus”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Gaming, Nature & Outdoors

Fun and Games Until Someone Maps an Eye (Neuron): Citizen Science Games

Tired of watching the kids race home from school just to play video games for hours? One-up them and make a significant contribution to science while YOU play games. (Warning: The kids might like these, too!) EyeWire EyeWire is a citizen science project aimed at mapping the neural connections of the retina. All you have … Read more “Fun and Games Until Someone Maps an Eye (Neuron): Citizen Science Games”

Categories: Citizen Science, Computers & Technology, Gaming, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Science Education Standards