Volunteers from all over the world are taking part in a citizen science project to help scientists work out how bad microplastic pollution really is.
Science communication: it’s not rocket science.
It might feel like rocket science, but scientists need to get better at explaining things to people outside academia.
Citizen scientists collecting soil and fine-roots from under unhealthy plants.
Cape Citizen Science
Humans - the very "carriers" who can spread dangerous microbes unthinkingly from their equipment and shoes - can instead become the first line of defence against a possible microscopic invasion.
The fourth Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which has just finished, has some potentially worrying news about one of our best-loved species.
Science is a human approach to understanding the world.
Science provides a useful way to explore and understand the natural world. But it also has a richness, diversity and creativity that is often overlooked.
The raw images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot taken this week by the Juno probe.
The images are in from the Juno probe's closest flyby so far of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. Citizen scientists are now getting involved in processing those images.
Author Joey Hulbert explaining sampling protocol.
The impact of plant disease may be reduced if people are made aware of the many pathways for plant-killing microbes -- and why preventing their spread matters to us all.
An artist’s impression of some of the thousands of exoplanets discovered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
A Darwin mechanic's success in the hunt for new exoplanets shows how amateur and professional scientists can work together on new research.
A wax figure of Charles Darwin, whose theories about species have influenced science for centuries.
Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters
Humans have an innate interest and ability in naming biologically meaningful entities, or species. Taxonomy, then, vies for the title of world's “oldest profession”.
A fun game, plus science advancement.
We recently set up a Foldit competition between gamers, undergraduate students and professional scientists. The winner might surprise you – and offer important possibilities for scientific research.
It is important to clean bird baths regularly.
Bird baths are more than just ornamental splash pools. They're also a site where animals socialise and intense rivalries play out. And bird bath design, location and cleanliness can have a big impact.
Citizen scientists have a great deal to contribute.
Mount Rainier National Park/Flickr
More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent.
Imagine where working together on open data can get us?
Puzzle pieces image via www.shutterstock.com.
This method of crowdsourcing science legwork is ready to expand into other disciplines – and maybe the amateurs themselves can start calling some of the shots.
The Changzheng-2F rocket with the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft carries three Chinese astronauts to the space station Tiangong-1.
We should welcome the fact that amateur astronomers are increasingly keeping tabs on what's going on up above.
Demand is growing for statistical ecologists to research climate change. Rapidly growing mega-cities in Africa, like Lagos, face the highest risks.
Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.
Straw-necked ibis gather to breed.
Bird feathers can tell us a lot about their owners and the places they visit.
All that computer power will still need a helping hand from our uniquely human expertise.
Computers image via www.shutterstock.com
Computers are getting better and better at the jobs that previously made sense for researchers to outsource to citizen scientists. But don't worry: there's still a role for people in these projects.
Can a galaxy (like NGC 3810 in this case) have a classical spiral structure and also be already dead?
ESA/Hubble and NASA
Extragalactic astrophysicists want to know how and why galaxies stop forming stars, change their shape and fade away. With help from citizen scientists, they're figuring it out.
Flint, Michigan residents couldn’t get answers about their water – so they did their own research.
A new model of citizen-led science is emerging – as in the case of Flint, Michigan's poisoned water. Rather than simply supporting scientists, citizens ask their own questions and set the research agenda.
From disease spreaders to scientists.
Convincing the public to not just take part in but to design and run research programmes is providing new behavioural insights for doctors.