Understand the science behind a wildly popular, iconic American pastime with The Science of Cheerleading, a new ebook

By Darlene Cavalier August 14th, 2015 at 10:36 am | Comment

Photo Credit: Science Cheerleader

Photo Credit: Science Cheerleader

There’s more science to cheerleading than meets the eye. And for the country’s 3 million cheerleaders, one way to engage with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts is to understand how these fundamental ideas impact their cheerleading. Read the rest of this entry »

Time Traveling in New Mexico

By Sharman Apt Russell August 12th, 2015 at 11:25 am | Comment

Stewards monitoring site on the Santa Fe National Forest (Credit: Santa Fe National Forest)

Stewards monitoring site on the Santa Fe National Forest (Credit: Santa Fe National Forest)

Citizen scientists of the Santa Fe National Forest Site Steward Program in New Mexico volunteer thousands of hours through difficult terrain to record observations at archeological sites, helping protect their scientific value for future research. Find out more about this project on SciStarter. Going out on a hike? Check out these cool projects that you can participate in!

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Volunteers needed to test drive Cancer Research UK’s new analysis mechanic.

By Carolyn Graybeal August 8th, 2015 at 1:23 am | Comment

Source: Cancer Research UK

Source: Cancer Research UK

Calling volunteers! Cancer Research UK has a new project called The Citizen Science Trailblazer Project. The goal is to develop an app that improves how users analyze cancer pathology data. Volunteers to help test the prototype.

The Cancer Research UK’s Citizen Science team is committed to finding innovative ways to accelerate research by crowdsourcing. Already, the team has three web-based projects up and running. Their new project channels the success of their earliest app Cell Slider. Cell Slider asked participants to identify cancer cells from healthy cells. The team found the public was able to identify cancer cells with a promising degree of accuracy. Now they are developing a new analysis mechanic which will allow for even greater levels of accuracy.

Early beta testing by pathologists and volunteers showed promising levels of agreement. The final iteration of the new mechanic will be ready for testing by volunteers in early August. Testing involves looking for cancer cells in tissue slides rendered into images on an online platform. Each image is divided into 12 sections, and testers click on regions they suspect contains cancerous cells. The team needs at least 30 volunteers to help with this final round of testing.

Once finished, the analysis mechanic will be made available either as a web-based app or a mobile game. This is a unique opportunity for volunteers to not only learn about cancer but to be directly involved in project development. Register to volunteer by emailing your full name to citizenscience@cancer.org.uk.

Check out their other games and apps: Reverse the Odds and Play to Cure: Genes in Space.

 

Take a hike with citizen science!

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) August 7th, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Comment

Photo: USFWS

Photo: USFWS

Planning a hike this summer? Be a trail blazer and add some citizen science to your adventure.

Our editors highlight five projects, below, to add to your backpack!

Check out the SciStarter blog for updates on your favorite projects and find new projects in our Project Finder!

Happy trails!

The SciStarter Team

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Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It

By Guest August 6th, 2015 at 6:00 am | Comment

Hiking on Appalachian Trail (Credit: Chewonki Semester School/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Hiking on Appalachian Trail (Credit: Chewonki Semester School/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Hikers in the Appalachian mountains contribute data and help researchers learn how climate change is affecting plants living in high Alpine ranges and promote conservation in the face of these changes. Learn more about Mountain Watch, the citizen science project featured in the upcoming SciStarter newsletter. Find out what other projects you can participate in the great outdoors here!

by Kristin Butler

A few years ago I read the book “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan. It’s a true story about a man and his dog and the adventures they had climbing the Appalachian Mountain Range to qualify for membership in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s prestigious “Four Thousand Footer Club.”

In addition to being a great tale about the relationship between Tom and his dog Atticus, the book beautifully illustrates the profound impact wilderness can have on the human body, mind, and spirit. Read the rest of this entry »