DailyDirt: Citizen Science
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The funding for “big science” is subject to all kinds of political whim, so maybe it’s time to bolster the efforts of small science projects that might still contribute to the world’s scientific knowledge. (And, hopefully, citizen scientists won’t waste too much time or resources on perpetual motion machines or homeopathic remedies.) Here are just a few programs that citizen scientists can participate in.
- The White House is looking for citizen scientists and is accepting nominations for notable people who have made a significant impact on society. The White House will host its Champions of Change event on Citizen Science on June 4, 2013 — so get your nominations in by the end of April. [url]
- If you like ants, here’s your chance to have some say in giving a common name to the ant species forelius pruinosus. Anyone can vote on the top four names: barricade ant, blockade ant, high noon ant or highway ant. (vote before April 30th!) [url]
- Citizen scientists submitted projects to a Scistarter contest earlier this year, and the grand prize went to a device that creates fuel from water. It’s not exactly a Mr. Fusion, but splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen is still a neat demonstration. [url]
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