How did crows develop a social safety net?

A lot of crows come to my backyard looking for peanuts, but this group of five was different. They were scrappy, with tattered white bits of down sticking out from between their black feathers. One of them made a cry more like a bleat than your typical caw caw! And then I discovered them doing something extraordinary. » 10/01/13 4:06pm 10/01/13 4:06pm

How do "Citizen Scientists" stack up against the experts?

Anybody can contribute to the progress of science! There are plenty of "Citizen Scientist" projects that let you help with scientific research. But one question lingers: How reliable are the results produced by non-experts? A new study provides some good news. » 8/20/13 10:39am 8/20/13 10:39am

Citizen science project identifies species by their calls

A new automated system is helping to monitor the world's biodiversity by recording the sounds of nature and uploading them to the web in real time. Anyone can listen to the tracks, and approved users can help train the software to automatically identify species in the recordings. Researchers hope to eventually… » 7/17/13 12:40pm 7/17/13 12:40pm

We Want You . . . to Become a Scientist!

This summer, we want you to become a scientist. You can do it from your cubicle at work, or by going out into the woods and counting frogs. No matter what your scientific passion is, we've got a way for you to help scientists do cutting edge research on it. Join the citizen science revolution! » 6/14/13 11:00am 6/14/13 11:00am

Help these scientists find out which microbes live in your couch

What kind of organisms grow in your couch? Are they the same species as those living on someone's door frame couple hundred miles away? A new citizen science project, The Wild Life of Your Home, is being funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University. » 10/17/11 12:30pm 10/17/11 12:30pm

You can use World War I Royal Navy weather logs to help improve…

Interested in the future of Earth's climate? Some of the answers might lie in the past, and you can help find them by making notations the weather logs from 238 Royal Navy vessels (like gunboats and battleships) from the turn of the years surrounding the first World War. Old Weather, a collaboration between the… » 9/23/11 8:30am 9/23/11 8:30am

A puzzle game where you help generate data to cure real diseases

Phylo is a free, browser-based, flash game unveiled in late 2010 by the McGill University Centre for Bioinformatics, which allows you to manipulate stretches of DNA across species in order to perfect existing algorithms. Essentially a pattern matching game, Phylo allows you to choose a puzzle from diseases effecting… » 9/22/11 1:15pm 9/22/11 1:15pm