For those who would like to experience the wonder of science without specializing, or can’t specialize just yet, there’s always citizen science. Here are our top citizen science picks:
Moon Tours is a free app from NASA that makes it easy to conduct detailed explorations of the lunar surface using a mobile device. Moon Tours is the mobile version of the NASA’s Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (LMMP). LMMP (http://www.lmmp.nasa.gov) is the repository for over 600+ geospatial lunar data products and imagery from historical and current lunar missions for use by scientists, mission planners, students, and the public.
By joining EyeWire, you can help map the connectome, starting with connections between retinal neurons. EyeWire gameplay advances neuroscience by helping researchers discover how neurons connect and network to process information. You also help the EyeWire team, based at MIT, develop advanced artificial intelligence and computational technologies for mapping the connectome.
By providing access to scientific records species in an easy-to-use platform, LifeScanner allows non-scientists to browse and access species information to educate or help make informed decisions. While enjoying the backyard, hiking on a trail, or a day at the beach, users can look up the species found in their region and in other parts of the world. Also available is their LifeScanner kit, which allows users to identify nearby organisms using DNA barcode technology and add to the database!
And of course, there is Tumblr’s own scinote, which seeks to promote science education from around the world by creating a “community in which engagement in collaborative scientific conversation is encouraged”. SciNote.org writers will be providing exclusive scientific content in an accessible, jargon-free manner, as well as accepting submissions from citizen scientists from the Internet and Tumblr communities. No science degree required here!
In particular, we would like to note that SciNote will be publishing a magazine by young scientists, for young scientists, based on the submissions they receive. We urge you to submit, and look forward to seeing where this young project goes.