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Report: Shelf-life of Scientific Data is Now Twenty Years

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A biologist at the University of British Columbia says 80 per cent of data by today’s scientists is lost within 20 years, a victim of digital storage. Continue reading…

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COMSOL Conference Bypasses Paywall Publishing

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Instantly browse over 700 papers, posters, and presentations on multiphysics simulation. This brand new multiphysics resource contains ground-breaking applications from research, engineering, and industry. Continue reading…

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Report: New Visions in Citizen Science

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“New Visions in Citizen Science” showcases seventeen case studies that offer a mosaic view of federally-sponsored citizen science and open innovation projects, from in-the-field data collection to online games for collective problem-solving. Continue reading…

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Getting Information on Chemicals

Suppose you needed to know something about a chemical. What is it’s boiling point? Melting point? Flash point? How toxic is it? What is the best way to store it? What do you do if it is toxic and someone is accidentally exposed to it? Continue reading…

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Experimental Rocket #11 – Its Life & Death

Well, some days are better than others. We are always learning new things, but this process can sometimes present a challenge or two. And so it was with the ill-fated first flight of Experimental Rocket #11. Continue reading…

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Smithsonian Science, a Thought Experiment, and a Citizen Science Challenge

When you consider the field of citizen science you probably think of it as something you do by collecting data, taking pictures, finding plants or animals, or uploading sightings. There’s a new form of citizen science emerging called a “thought experiment.” Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Don’t Wait!

I had picked somewhere a pair of special filters mounted in cardboard eyewear frames that would let me safely observe the transit without frying my retinas over easy. As the day drew closer, the weather looked iffy, but the chances of seeing something were still there. Continue reading…

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Interview With an Amateur Fossil Hunter

One aspect of amateur science that can create considerable dissonance is the role of the collector versus the academic scientist. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Helps Save Data-Poor Fisheries in Palau

The findings have been convincing enough to motivate some Palauan communities to adopt more sustainable fishery management practices. And the Conservancy is now working to bring the approach to “data-poor, resource-poor” developing world fisheries across the globe. Continue reading…

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The Economist: How Science Goes Wrong

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A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated a vast body of knowledge. Continue reading…

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