Be the Change: Saving the World with Citizen Science Kindle Edition
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Clarke, who also writes the blog Citizen Science Center, has a clear, lively prose voice—and she knows her subject. What she does in this book and on her blog is gather and share information on scientific projects that can genuinely use the help of ordinary non-scientists (of course, scientists can participate too).
The best-known citizen science project is probably SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), which offers a downloadable program that will enable your computer to spend time analyzing radio astronomy data to try to detect life on other planets. Similar analysis programs do everything from running docking simulations on malaria proteins to help with drug development to searching for neutron stars.
But maybe you want to participate a bit more actively instead of letting your computer do all the work in its down time. Projects at this level often involve analyzing photos, films, or sound: humans, for now at least, are still more discerning viewers/listeners than are computers. You can look for evidence of cancer in tumor samples, try your hand at folding RNA, or listen to a live-feed underwater microphone and note whale songs. I’m planning to help classify sea floor ground cover and species on the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s HabCam (or Habitat Camera).
Think you don’t have time to participate in citizen science? Think again! Clarke points out that “Americans (just Americans!) watch more than 200 billion hours of television every year. If that statistic doesn’t boggle your mind, consider the online game World of Warcraft: one source suggests its 11 million players have spend as much as 5.9 million years on it… or as much time as humanity has spent evolving as a species.” Your ten or twenty minutes may not seem like much, but when enough people participate they can accomplish wonderful things.
You can buy this eBook for only $2.99. You can visit Clarke’s web site for free. Find a project that suits your interests and, yes, save the world in your spare time.
Knowledge is now increasing exponentially. Technological capability is doing the same. We are on the edge of a golden age of discovery. But there is a small price to be paid. Often quoted is the theory that humans only use a small part of their brain capacity. Similarly we only use a small part of our current home electronic power. According to the author, Americans watch more than 200 BILLION HOURS of television each year. It may be time to turn off some of those borderline "junk food" television shows, and dedicate some of your time and your home computer's power to the quest of improving the world. Become a citizen scientist. Put in your two cents. The world of the future will compound your efforts into dollars of knowledge. Don't wait for people "out there" to improve the world -- do it yourself.
Many people have the tools in their hands to advance scientific discovery at rate unseen in the past. You can join the "boots on the ground" -- the eyes and ears of the scientific world. You can become a citizen scientist without leaving your home. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Then you can participate in one of the hundreds of on-going scientific studies -- such as searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, exploring life on the ocean floors, or identifying the birds and bees in your backyard to help understand their movements and populations.
Author Chandra Clarke has written a short, extensively researched book that is packed with information. Everything you need to get started is contained therein. Buy the book and help advance civilization. Become a scientific explorer today. Have fun -- do your part -- and tell your friends you're helping to save the world.
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I shared some of the contents of the book with my wife who is a teach. She in turn shared it with her science students and they were super intrigued. They tried out some of the websites and applications here and they are seeing how they can conduct science without having a PhD. It’s pretty cool and we didn’t think we could get into it as much as we did.
The book itself is well written and organized. It isn's filled with complicated jargon, and it's great for people with no scientific background. It goes step by step into what can be done and is very helpful. My wife’s students are in the 6th grade and they were able to understand what was going on, and they were intrigued by the content enough to try out the stuff. I recommend this book to people of all ages.
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