Friday, May 25, 2018
Join the Hub of Biomedical Citizen Science Collaboration with CitSciBio

Join the Hub of Biomedical Citizen Science Collaboration with CitSciBio

By Nina Friedman Learn, collaborate, and share your citizen science project tools at CitSciBio.org! Back in 2012, Dr. Jennifer Couch and her colleagues at the National Institute of Health realized there was something missing in the greater biomedical citizen science community. The community did not have its own online collaboration platform. Couch approached Katrina Theisz, a program…
Coprolites Give The Straight Poop On Cretaceous Carnivores

Coprolites Give The Straight Poop On Cretaceous Carnivores

Rosary, fir tree and bump-headed lace... you might think those classifications refer to different shapes of seeds or butterfly wing color patterns, or something else that inspires a touch of poetry. Nope. We're talking excrement. Researchers working with hundreds of samples of fossilized feces — coprolites — from a site in Spain were able to reconstruct a…
Epic Flight Fail? Pterosaur Models Are Wrong, Says Study

Epic Flight Fail? Pterosaur Models Are Wrong, Says Study

Have paleontologists just been winging it? Up to 95 percent of the hip joint reconstructions of pterosaurs and their distant relatives, the most birdlike of dinosaurs, are anatomically impossible, according to new research that used a surprising source. But the study's conclusions, counters a pterosaur expert, should be grounded. Fleshing out an extinct animal from…
Perfect your weighing and measuring skills with these projects!

Perfect your weighing and measuring skills with these projects!

Whether you’re a fan of imperial or metric, this past Sunday was the day to celebrate the way we measure our surroundings. What better way to celebrate a day dedicated to measurement than to participate in a citizen science project where you weigh (or measure) something for science? We’ve pulled together some special projects that…
Time-lapse video captures the ash plume from Hawaii's volcano exploding higher than Mt. Everest

Time-lapse video captures the ash plume from Hawaii's volcano exploding higher than Mt. Everest

The biggest explosion yet from the Kilauea volcano propelled 1,000-pound rocks into the air, and sent ash rocketing 30,000 feet high The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island this morning sent an ash plume exploding about 30,000 feet high into the atmosphere. And as luck would have it, a camera was watching. The camera…
Kilauea Eruption Continues: How Long Could It Last?

Kilauea Eruption Continues: How Long Could It Last?

The eruption at Kīlauea is still captivating the nation, as it should because this volcano hasn't behaving like this in almost a century. I thought I'd take a moment to step back and review of the main events so far and what it might all mean for Kīlauea and the people who live around the volcano.…
Slug Life: About That Injectable Memory Study

Slug Life: About That Injectable Memory Study

A study claiming that a "memory" could be transferred from one animal to another in form of an injection has caused a lot of excitement. The Futurist said that Scientists Transferred Memories From One Snail to Another. Someday, They Could Do The Same in Humans. But I have to say I'm not convinced. In the…
What I Learned Studying Real Vampires

What I Learned Studying Real Vampires

[Editor's note: One of the most popular articles on our site is a piece by Georgia Institute of Technology researcher John Edgar Browning about his work with the real vampire community, published in March 2015. In it, Browning discusses what a real vampire is, how they live their lives, and what researchers are hoping to learn about…
Uncovering Roman History With Ice Cores and Lead

Uncovering Roman History With Ice Cores and Lead

Scientists today are searching for the "Golden Spike," evidence for the presence of man that will show up even hundreds of thousands of years from now. Such a marker would officially kick off the Anthropocene, the epoch of man, and candidates include the presence of radiation from nuclear bomb tests in geological samples and elevated…
US Program Aims to Open Airspace to More Drones

US Program Aims to Open Airspace to More Drones

Many stories about drones are sensationalized. It’s easy to use broad language that gives the impression that drones will soon be zooming over us delivering goods. That’s not true. Now that I’ve beaten down your dreams, let me build you up just a little bit. A new program in the United States could actually lead…

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