Citizen Science and Biotechnology Breaking New Ground: Twitter Chat on November 12

All for Science, Science for All Guest post by Lauren Ramilo @dimisitque Biotechnology has advanced rapidly in the past decade. New discoveries and technological advances have made it easier to manipulate living organisms to make new antibiotics or improve agricultural production. The equipment and materials needed for rigorous biological engineering are more affordable than ever, … Read more “Citizen Science and Biotechnology Breaking New Ground: Twitter Chat on November 12”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, CitSci Research, Do-It-Yourself, Health, Science Practices

How Old Family Fishing Photos Unlock the History of Atlantic Fisheries

Rusty Hudson grew up on the salt-laden docks of Daytona Beach, Florida. As a third-generation fisherman, he naturally took to the industry. When he was just 9 years old, Hudson started his first job as a bait boy aboard the Mako, a charter boat owned by his grandfather, Captain Jake Stone. By the late 1960s, … Read more “How Old Family Fishing Photos Unlock the History of Atlantic Fisheries”

Categories: Biology

Are Clogged Blood Vessels the Key to Treating Alzheimer’s Disease?

In 2016, a team of Alzheimer’s disease researchers at Cornell University hit a dead end. The scientists were studying mice, looking for links between Alzheimer’s and blood flow changes in the brain. For years, scientists have known that reduced blood flow in the brain is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. More recent research has also … Read more “Are Clogged Blood Vessels the Key to Treating Alzheimer’s Disease?”

Categories: Alzheimers, Biology

The Science of Making a Wild Sourdough Starter

By now, you’ve  almost certainly heard the news: Homemade sourdough is the  greatest thing since, well, sliced bread.  Being stuck in quarantine gives many of us more time to do things around the house, like baking. And stores are short on household staples, including bread, so, sure, might as well give breadmaking a try. But why sourdough … Read more “The Science of Making a Wild Sourdough Starter”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Other

Five Fin-tastic projects for Shark Week

The Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week is July 28-August 4. Help scientists learn more about sharks through the projects we’ve tagged for you, below. This year, you can also help provide healthy ocean homes for sharks by joining the world’s largest volunteer effort for oceans: the International Coastal Cleanup. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Education, Featured Projects, Newsletter, Ocean & Water, webinar

Top 18 Projects of 2018

2018 was a great year for Citizen Science! More than 3,000 projects and events are now registered on SciStarter. There’s something for everyone, everywhere. In this edition of the newsletter, we are honoring the Top 18 Projects of 2018: projects that our collective community shared, participated in, and loved. Cheers! The SciStarter Team GLOBE Observer: … Read more “Top 18 Projects of 2018”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Featured Projects, Health, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter

Citizen Science Needed to Help Feed the World

For more than a hundred years, the United States government has paired university scientists with local farmers to study how best to feed the world. These extension programs helped to more than double agricultural production in the U.S. between 1948 and 2001 by sharing knowledge between farmers and university researchers. These extension programs—which bring knowledge … Read more “Citizen Science Needed to Help Feed the World”

Categories: Biology, Do-It-Yourself, Ecology & Environment

Becoming a Bio-Engineer

Image source: Amino Labs The genetic modification of crops (GMOs) and the concept of designer babies (thanks to CRISPR technology) may be two of the most recognizable, yet controversial, topics related to the field of genetic engineering. At its core, genetic engineering, also known as bioengineering, is the genetic modification of an organism. Some view … Read more “Becoming a Bio-Engineer”

Categories: Biology, CitSci Research, Do-It-Yourself, EarthSchool, Project Profile

Give the gift of citizen science this year!

Overwhelmed with holiday shopping? Well, maybe our team can help you out with some gifts that support citizen science! Whether it’s a kit or some citizen science project swag, there are a lot of ways to show your support and share the world of citizen science with your friends and relatives. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Apps, Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Featured Projects, Geology & Earth Sciences, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Ocean & Water