Citizen Science

Motherboard

Kid Scientists Capture Rare Footage of Endangered Animals on Camera Traps

A unique project turned students at schools around the world into citizen scientists.
Sarah Emerson
12.13.18
Goldilocks Worlds

Scientists Want You to Help Them Find Nearby Alien Planets Please

The Red Dots Campaign will target Ross 154, Barnard’s Star, and Proxima Centauri, three red dwarfs within ten light years of our solar system.
Becky Ferreira
6.19.17
reptile love

This Small Town in Canada Spent 10 Years and $2.7 Million to Save Turtles

A community bands together for the love of reptiles.
Bryson Masse
5.26.17
Planet 9

NASA Wants You to Be the Rando Who Finds Our Solar System’s Hidden Planet

Crowdsourcing the search for the hypothetical Neptune-sized world at the edge of the solar system.
Becky Ferreira
2.16.17
Canada

Tracking Grizzly Bears With a Smartphone App in Northern Alberta

Grizz Tracker is helping scientists collect data on Alberta’s grizzly bears.
Trina Moyles
11.23.16
Toronto

I Put an Air Quality Monitor on My Bike And Went Looking For Smog

A new project in Toronto is keeping tabs on the city’s air quality.
Amanda Roth
5.6.16
machines

CERN Researchers Are Making a DIY Cosmic Ray Detector in Their Spare Time

Cosmic Pi makes each user a single pixel in an open source cosmic ray telescope.
Victoria Turk
4.5.16
Space

This Common Microbe Grows Better in Space than on Earth

Scientists crowdsourced microbial samples from thousands of volunteers, and sent 48 of them to space.
Becky Ferreira
3.22.16
News

Even West Coast Canada's Declining Salmon Population Has Its Own App

Community Fishers was designed to help researchers fill gaps in ocean science data collection, beginning with the declining salmon population in the Salish Sea.
Matthew Braga
6.19.15
environment

If You're in Wyoming, Don't Take Pictures of Cattle Ranches

Environmentalists worry a new law could prevent 'citizen science' efforts aimed at collecting soil and water samples, or even taking photos, on public lands leased to ranchers.
Meredith Hoffman
5.18.15
earth

I Do Armchair Penguinology for Science, and So Can You

Calling all 'Happy Feet' fans.
Victoria Turk
9.17.14
Features

The Hunt for Brooklyn's Hidden Creeks

Citizen scientists are like Dr. Livingstones venturing into the past, seeking the source of the Gowanus canal.
Ben Richmond
8.29.14