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Project: Indigo V Expeditions Here on Citizen Science Center, we share a lot of opportunities to participate in projects within your own community–sometimes even from the comfort of your own home. While that’s obviously optimal on a day-to-day basis, what…

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Project: CrowdMag In this day and age, it seems like GPS (a satellite-based signal system) has made the good, old-fashioned magnetic compass a bit obsolete. In fact, you hardly have to notice which way is north or south anymore. Just pull out your phone,…

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Some years ago, the folks at MIT Media Lab were working on an electronic pooch that was designed to help you stick to your diet. Wirelessly hooked up to your pedometer, your digital daily food diary and your digital bathroom scales, the dog would keep…

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Project: Biodiversity PEEK I love finding an opportunity for citizen science that joins more than one field of interest (the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers program is a great example of that as well). It just makes these types of projects all the more…

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I’m not a fan of teaching creationism in the classroom, but it’s clear we could all use a bit more intelligent design in our daily lives. I say this because I’m convinced that product designers never actually use the things they invent; if they did,…

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Project: Baby Croinc Many of us probably had a classic “baby book” where our parents painstakingly recorded our early milestones in handwritten ink, along with newspaper clippings, a lock of hair from our first haircut, and photos of us smashing into our…

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Project: Save the Frogs! “And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?” — Chief Seattle, 1854 Believe it or not, frogs have existed pretty much in their current form…

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If you’ve been on the Internet for any length of time, I’m sure some well-meaning friend has sent you or tagged you with a “forward.” That is, some message passed from person to person because it is either a dire warning (Ladies! Do not get into your car…

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Project: NatureWatch Luckily, when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, it doesn’t take too much to convince Canadians to get out there and enjoy some fresh air. A 2011 IPSOS poll found that 87% of Canadians say that having a connection to nature…

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Well…the holidays are over, and now it’s time to get back to work for a rest. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. You see, I have four children and two dogs. I am very clear on the origin of two inventions: rum-laced egg nog, and tranquilizer…
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