citizen science

Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 3 – Zooniverse – Citizen science without all the internet searching

I’m a scientist but I didn’t know what “citizen science” really was until writing this blog. I can’t figure out whether that makes me a bad scientist, a bad citizen or both. So, in order to redeem myself, I typed in to Google (other search engines are available…) “Citizen Science activities” and the top search finding was “Zooniverse” and I realised pretty quickly that I had struck gold with this website. From exploring the marine life in the fjords of Sweden to understanding the dancing movements of the Northern Lights, this website is a hub for lots of different international citizen science activities, and it also meant that I didn’t have to scroll endlessly through the internet to… Read More »Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 3 – Zooniverse – Citizen science without all the internet searching

Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 2- ‘The birds and the bees’ of Citizen Science

Citizen science is a way for everybody to contribute to the world of science. By using the power of huge numbers of volunteer amateur scientists, rather than only a small number of professionals, a much more extensive, exciting and impactful dataset can be put together! The projects can range from astronomy to ecology to oceanography and might involve looking at images on a computer, manipulating molecules in a simulator, or venturing outdoors. By taking part, you’re contributing important information to the scientific community that could lead to exciting discoveries about the world around us or inform policy making, both of… Read More »Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 2- ‘The birds and the bees’ of Citizen Science

Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 1 – Eterna – the RNA folding game

If like me, you enjoy playing a good video game, then you might already have saved some lives by staying at home and doing just that during the COVID-19 lockdowns. But what if you could more directly contribute just by playing a game?!  Enter “Eterna” – a citizen science project that uses your solutions to puzzles to improve medicine and contribute to science! (Need to be 13 years or older to play – due to US law)  Eterna is an RNA folding puzzle game – you may have heard a bit about mRNA – messenger RNA – recently, since this form of RNA is the basis for… Read More »Citizen Science Saturday: Blog 1 – Eterna – the RNA folding game