Monthly Archives: October 2012

UK Amateur Archaeologists Uncover Racey Ancient Artifacts

Copper bust, possibly of Antonius.

Don’t let anyone tell you that your metal detector hobby is a waste of time, as some treasure hunters in the U.K. have uncovered something more than just pocket change. Continue reading…

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Astronomy clubs eye night skies and an uncertain future


Amateur astronomy thrived in the Space Race era, but some worry that interest in the hobby is fading as its biggest enthusiasts begin to gray. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Harry Potter Gets Rational


Harry is thrust into a world where magic actually works–but so does science–and this Harry loves to look at the world from a scientific standpoint. Obviously, it’s not an easy transition, but it makes for some very interesting variations on the original story. Continue reading…

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University of Arizona Helps Local High School Students Become Citizen Scientists

UA Associate Professor Betsy Arnold.

A UA researcher is being recognized for developing a course that turns high school students into citizen scientists. Continue reading…

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Citizen Scientists Use New System to Support Cancer Research

Adenocarcinoma breast cancer cells, MCF7 cell line. Image:

“We’ve turned our data into something that can be accessed by anyone – you don’t have to be a scientist to carry out this type of cancer research.” Continue reading…

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An Introduction to Analog-to-Digital Data Collection

4-channel stereo multiplexed analog-to-digital converter WM8775SEDS made by Wolfson Microelectronics placed on an X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro sound card. Wikipedia Image.

In this era of computers and automation, it is important to be able to get data into a computer readable format. Continue reading…

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Hacking the Quantum: A New Book Explains How Anyone Can Become an Amateur Quantum Physicist


DIYers in their basements, garages, and hackerspaces have already pioneered radio communications, PCs, household robots, and cheap 3-D printers—why not quantum entanglement, cryptography, computers, and teleportation? Continue reading…

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Grant aims to turn Acadia visitors into scientists

Acadia National Park. Photo by Sheldon Greaves.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant aimed at turning Acadia National Park visitors into citizen scientists. Continue reading…

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A Closer Look: Salad


No matter how seemingly mundane, everything deserves a closer look. Here is proof that the beauty of nature exists everywhere, even on the end of a salad fork. Continue reading…

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Are the Pioneer Probes Encountering “Funny Physics”?


There’s no sweeping it under the rug. NASA’s twin Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 space probes, launched in the early 1970s and headed for stars in the depths of our galaxy, are both experiencing a mysterious, continuous force that is altering their expected trajectories. Continue reading…

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