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Science Heroes at Work

By June 20th, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Comment

By Amy Sterling

Four years ago a citizen science game called Eyewire hatched from Seung Lab, then at MIT and now at Princeton. Its goal was to pair up gamers with a challenge that has been bottlenecking neuroscience for decades: mapping the brain. Over the years the project grew. Hundreds of thousands of people helped, enabling new discoveries and stunning visualizations of neuronsRead the rest of this entry »

Help Shape New Directions in Open Science: Vote for your favorite Innovation!

By December 27th, 2016 at 11:15 am | Comment 1

By: Elizabeth Kittrie, Senior Advisor for Data Science, National Institutes of Health

In the spirit of open science – a movement to make data and other information from scientific research available to everyone — the National Institutes of Health invites you to cast your vote and help us decide which of the projects competing for the Open Science Prize are the most innovative and most likely to have the greatest impact. Your vote plays a critical role in determining the three finalists for the ultimate selection of a grand prize winner of $230,000.00

In this competition, six finalist teams, composed of at least one U.S.-based and one international researcher, are using open data to improve human health. Open data refers to publicly-accessible data that is available for re-use by anyone.  The US Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency to NIH, is one of many government agencies around the world that has made health care data publicly available.  You can find over three thousand health data sets publicly available via the portal. Read the rest of this entry »

A Citizen Science Project That Will Make You LOL

By October 9th, 2012 at 9:13 am | Comment

This citizen science project will make you LOL.

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” –Victor Borges

Aristotle posed that laughter is what sets humans apart from other species. Think about it. We love to laugh—at jokes, movies, at each other. We laugh to ease tension, because others are laughing, or simply just because. All right, Aristotle may not have been completely accurate in his theory (given that other species like rats have been discovered to laugh), but there’s something embedded in the human spirit that thrives off of giggles, chortles, and chuckles.

“Scientists have also found a neural signature for laughter – when you hear a laugh you activate the same brain regions that you would use to move your own face into a smile. These ‘mirror’ responses to laughter reflect the fact that when we hear someone laugh, we are primed to join in (even during a brain scan, which is not very amusing!).” –Science Live 2012, Laughing Brains

I present to you The Laughter Project. The Royal Society has put together a playlist of different laughs that you can listen to. The tricky part is that some are real and some are fake. See if you can guess which laugh is real and which is posed. The results will help researchers at the University College of London learn how people react to different sounds.

Professor Sophie Scott, Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience, talks about laughter.

This project is part of the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition, which showcases a plethora of exhibits ranging from animal vision to epigenetics to robotic soccer. If you love the Laughter Project, you’ll also want to check out Musical Moods, where you can listen to various songs and decide which mood it best conveys.

Photo: Library of Congress