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Help Cure Plant Blindness through Citizen Science! Participate in TreeVersity at the Arnold Arboretum

The Arboretum’s Living Collection contains over 15,000 plants representing some 4,000 kinds of trees, shrubs, and vines, including the Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha), extinct in the wild for over 200 years. (Photo by Danny Schissler, ©2017 President and Fellows of Harvard College) By Jon Hetman (Associate Director of External Relations and Communications)...

Exploring the wonder of birds through the Migratory Shorebird Project

I used to think of birds as delicate creatures, airy and carefree, with pretty feathers and pretty songs. Then I saw the film “Winged Migration” and came to understand just how gritty and daring these lovely creatures really are. The film uses bird’s-eye footage to document the treacherous treks birds across the globe make each year—over the Himalayas,...

Be thankful for your gut microbes this Thanksgiving

By: Daniel McDonald While you kick back and relax after your Thanksgiving dinner,  your gut microbiota – the collection of beneficial microbes, mostly bacteria, that inhabit your lower intestine – will be hard at work breaking down the food you ate and carrying out all kinds of other essential functions.  Research on the microbes that call your intestine...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ben Kreckx All of us at SciStarter want to thank you for learning about, sharing, or engaging in science. You inspire us. Thank you. Below, you’ll find a cornucopia full of Thanksgiving-themed citizen science projects. Gobble ’em up! Cheers! The SciStarter Team American Gut llnl Stuffed yet? Did...

How Collective Data Contributes to The Science of Breeding Healthier Dogs

3 Month Old “Samba,” is genetically free of the gene that leads to Primary Lens Luxation, a blinding eye disease affecting the lens. By Katherine Leviste Next Thursday, T.V. viewers across the country will watch Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers,  Portuguese Water Dogs, and other purebreds trot around the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in a Thanksgiving...

Third annual Citizen Science Day celebrates discovery, innovation, and better understanding of our world through public participation in science.

SciStarter, the Citizen Science Association, and the Citizen Science Day Working Group are excited to present Citizen Science Day on Saturday April 14th, 2018! The third annual Citizen Science Day celebrates the work of citizen scientists and the diversity of citizen science projects across the world, encourages the public to get involved, and connects...

Science’s Next Frontier? It’s Civic Engagement

By Louise Lief Every day, it seems, brings more dispiriting news to the science world. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is removing research scientists from the agency’s advisory boards and has forbidden some of them from speaking at conferences. The Government Accounting Office is investigating reports that the current administration...

Citizen Science + Science Centers

UNESCO November 10th is World Science Day, presented by UNESCO, AND Science Museum Day, presented by the International Science Center. To celebrate, SciStarter’s editors have selected six citizen science projects organized by science centers.  You can do several of these from the comfort of home. Thank you for making the world a better...

Citizen Science and The Age of Disruption: Navigating, Innovating, and Excelling. Nov 12–14 Washington, DC

Planning to attend the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting? SciStarter’s founder, Darlene Cavalier will be there to speak about “Citizen science and crowd-sourcing among other options for universities to move forward and find new ways to collectively address societal challenges.” 11/12 1:45–3:00 p.m. Delaware Suite The...

Spooktacular Citizen Science

Shaker Village Treat yourself with citizen science this Halloween. Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch to look for insects or spend a night under the stars watching bats. Staying indoors? Map craters on the moon for NASA! Grab a few sweets from the candy dish and scroll through our editor’s picks below. You’re sure to find a project to enjoy....

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