Over at Intel's Life Scoop site, I posted about several fascinating citizen science projects, from a photo app to monitor Redwood trees to a mobile platform enabling anyone to participate in field biology research. From my intro:
In 1900, the National Audubon Society invited amateur birdwatchers to count the birds they saw on Christmas. Still an annual event, the Christmas Bird Count, a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, is probably the longest-running large-scale citizen science experiment in history. The phrase "citizen science" is used to describe projects in which individuals volunteer their minds, or as is often the case these days, their microprocessors, to tackle big scientific challenges. Here are a few citizen science projects online that aren't just opportunities to contribute to the greater good of scientific research. They're also surefire ways to spark your sense of wonder in your world."Citizen Science: Feed Your Curiosity"