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Drones Are Turning Civilians Into an Air Force of Citizen Scientists - WIRED

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A smartphone app collecting images and data about moles on the skin of volunteers is now available to researchers for studies of cancer and other disorders. #Science #Business #Engineering #Health


Steve Kelling, of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, will give a seminar on Citizen Science in Biodiversity Informatics. It is tomorrow morning (1 February 2017) at 0900 (Chicago time, which is Central Standard Time, or UTC/GMT -6 hours). Please join us! This is the 29th of our global online seminar series in biodiversity informatics. YouTube Live / Google Hangouts link:

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Here is the link to Steve Kelling's seminar, just given this morning! Citizen Science Overview. 

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Look around your garden. Do you see any plant leaves plagued by spots? It could be a bacterial infection. Neha Jain is back with helpful information and advice.

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Beginning sometime in 2017, Ocean Sanctuaries , in conjunction with another ocean citizen science nonprofit group,, is planning to offer a basic (West Coast) Marine Citizen Scientist Certification course. Certifications for other parts of the US may come later.

It would consist of two parts:

Part I: The student would complete a basic online marine life and fish identification course with REEF, which has been available for several years now on website. Residents of California would take the California fish ID and marine life invertebrates course and residents of the Pacific Northwest, Washington and Vancouver areas, could take the corresponding courses for the Pacific Northwest.


Upon satisfactory completion of this portion of the course, as determined by REEF, they would then proceed to:

Part II:

Basic Scientific Concepts, Protocols and Tools for the Citizen Scientist, such as taking notes and scientific measurements in the field, using nautical maps and GPS and basic species taxonomy, to be designed and offered by Ocean Sanctuaries.

Once both Part I and Part II have been satisfactorily completed, then a basic Marine Citizen Scientist certificate would be issued. So far, we have no plans to charge for either course.

Note: This would not be a scuba certification program and any training involved with scuba equipment would have to be obtained separatel

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An engineering lab at University of Houston in Texas designed an inexpensive lens that when placed over a smartphone’s camera, turns the phone into a microscope to analyze local drinking water samples. #Science #Business #Engineering #Health

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Let's encourage the next generation of citizen scientists with fun and relevant science education!

Free, supplemental science teaching resources! Choose from materials for middle school or high school science.

This project funded by a grant from Awesome Without Borders and published by the GotScience STEM Education Resource Center. Awesome photo by +Steven Spence. Special thanks to Dr. +Jonathan Trinastic, +Emily Rhode, and the rest of the GotScience team.

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"Scientists supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) made the migration shift discovery thanks to information aggregated from two sources: remote-sensing data from weather surveillance radar and ground-based data collected in citizen science databases."

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