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All of Us Research Program Launches Data Browser, Offering Preview of Landmark Health Database | National Institutes of ...
05/06/2019
All of Us Research Program Launches Data Browser, Offering Preview of Landmark Health Database | National Institutes of Health (NIH) — All of Us

All of Us Research Program Launches Data Browser, Offering Preview of Landmark Health Database | National Institutes of Health (NIH) — All of Us

All of Us Research Program Launches Data Browser, Offering Preview of Landmark Health Database | NIH’s All of Us Research Program has announced the beta release of its interactive Data Browser to provide a first look at the data that participants are sharing for health research. Participants, rese...

Community Mapping Fellowship
03/18/2019
Community Mapping Fellowship

Community Mapping Fellowship

When: April 5th - June 30th Where: this fellowship is not geographically restricted, Commitmen...

UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded resea...
02/28/2019
UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research

UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research

As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal...

RedPenBlackPen
12/21/2018

RedPenBlackPen

New comic: Predatory publishing

Open Humans: A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration
12/06/2018
Open Humans: A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration

Open Humans: A platform for participant-centered research and personal data exploration

Background: Many aspects of our lives are now digitized and connected to the internet. As a result, individuals are now creating and collecting more personal data than ever before. This offers an unprecedented chance for fields of human subject research ranging from the social sciences to precision....

Check out this #citizenscience project about your small, many-legged housemates:"This project aims to document the speci...
08/21/2018
Never Home Alone: The Wild Life of Homes

Check out this #citizenscience project about your small, many-legged housemates:

"This project aims to document the species that live indoors with humans, including but not exclusive to arthropods. In studying the arthropods (insects and their kin) in Raleigh, North Carolina we found more than one thousand species in homes. As we have studied homes in other cities, we have found even more species, some of them new to science, virtually all of them poorly studied. No one is ever really home alone. With this new iNaturalist project we now seek your help in recording the species in homes around the world. We suspect that in boldly studying basements, bedrooms and bathrooms that together we can make big new discoveries even before we open the front door."

In studying life, scientists have overlooked many regions. Some regions have not been studied because they are so remote. Others because they are so diverse that it is hard to know where to even begin. Then there is the great indoors, which we believe has been understudied in part because it is so i...

06/28/2018
DIY Science

DIY Science

In Baltimore, sometimes referred to as the heroin capital of the U.S., a group of teenagers have developed an app that can track bad batches of drugs and alert nearby users. The so-called Bad Batch Boys believe that giving the information to the people that need it most has the potential to save countless lives.

Want to help advance the science of soothing?
05/24/2018
projectsoothe

Want to help advance the science of soothing?

The goal of Project Soothe is to invite the public to help us create a bank of soothing images that we can use in future research and psychotherapy.

Want to do some delicious #citizenscience?
05/20/2018
Sourdough for Science

Want to do some delicious #citizenscience?

Sourdough for Science This project can be completed at home or in the classroom. About this lesson Humans have baked bread for over 10,000 years. All over the world, different cultures bake their own unique breads – and have for centuries. Yet we know almost nothing about the microbes that truly m...

Check out this research seeking funding on Experiment!
04/30/2018
Potent human antibody treatment for rabies disease

Check out this research seeking funding on Experiment!

Rabies infection is almost always fatal in humans. The current treatment for a bite from a rabid animal (injection of human serum from immunized people) is often in short supply, especially in developing world settings. We aim to find antibodies from a rabies-vaccinated donor, using blood taken...

Have you got the guts to join this #citizenscience project?
04/23/2018
Got Guts? on SciStarter

Have you got the guts to join this #citizenscience project?

Got Guts? is a citizen science project to compare gut morpohology across species.

Happy Spring! Check out this #CitizenScience project on SciStarter to contribute to science from your own back yard.
04/02/2018
Nature's Notebook on SciStarter

Happy Spring! Check out this #CitizenScience project on SciStarter to contribute to science from your own back yard.

Nature's Notebook is a citizen science project to help scientists take the pulse of our planet!

Proofreading Proteins | HMS
02/26/2018
Proofreading Proteins | HMS

Proofreading Proteins | HMS

Researchers in the lab of geneticist George Church at Harvard Medical School have made two new advances in their ongoing efforts to safely and precisely expand the genetic code of life.

Prestigious Science Journals Struggle to Reach Even Average Reliability
02/21/2018
Prestigious Science Journals Struggle to Reach Even Average Reliability

Prestigious Science Journals Struggle to Reach Even Average Reliability

In which journal a scientist publishes is considered one of the most crucial factors determining their career. The underlying common assumption is that only the best scientists manage to publish in a highly selective tier of the most prestigious journals. However, data from several lines of evidence...

Got a Great Research Idea? “All of Us” Wants to Hear It!
01/23/2018
Got a Great Research Idea? “All of Us” Wants to Hear It!

Got a Great Research Idea? “All of Us” Wants to Hear It!

One of the boldest undertakings that NIH has ever attempted, the All of Us Research Program has been hard at work in a “beta” testing phase, and is now busy gearing up for full recruitment in the s…

South Carolina, are you ready to help study your local litter?#CitizenScience
11/09/2017
Litter-free Digital Journal on SciStarter

South Carolina, are you ready to help study your local litter?
#CitizenScience

Litter-free Digital Journal is a citizen science project to safer, healthier habitats for people and wildlife.

11/09/2017
Genetics of Taste Lab on SciStarter

Denver! Check out this #citizenscience project in your neighborhood.

Genetics of Taste Lab is a citizen science project to determine relationships between genetics and taste

10/26/2017
Opening pathways for discovery, research, and innovation in health and healthcare

Opening pathways for discovery, research, and innovation in health and healthcare

How can we get more patients and other communities to leverage the benefits of the #WeAreNotWaiting mindset for research, development, and innovation in health (and healthcare)? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself for two years, after seeing the diverse efforts and valuable outpourings from th...

One more #CitizenScience project to help you be a part of National Honey Month
09/19/2017
EZ Water and Bees on SciStarter

One more #CitizenScience project to help you be a part of National Honey Month

EZ Water and Bees is a citizen science project to what do bees prefer when watering and do they seek out EZ water.

More #CitizenScience for National Honey Month
09/19/2017
Bee Germs on SciStarter

More #CitizenScience for National Honey Month

Bee Germs is a citizen science project to map sites of ground nesting bees and monitor their diseases

Happy National Honey Month! (#CitizenScience via SciStarter)
09/19/2017
Bumble Bee Watch on SciStarter

Happy National Honey Month! (#CitizenScience via SciStarter)

Bumble Bee Watch is a citizen science project to help track North America's bumble bees.

09/15/2017
NIH Request for Information (RFI): Pediatric research that All of Us may be uniquely positioned to enable

NIH Request for Information (RFI): Pediatric research that All of Us may be uniquely positioned to enable

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input from the community to help inform the scientific vision for the enrollment of pediatric participants in the All of Us Research Program. The Child Enrollment Scientific Vision Working Group (CESVWG) of the All of Us Advisory Panel seeks public input on the...

A Maker Revolution in Healthcare
08/30/2017
A Maker Revolution in Healthcare

A Maker Revolution in Healthcare

Health making is revolutionizing the way care is delivered in hospitals, clinics, and home care divisions across the globe. Patient-made machines are changing the provider-patient dynamic. The solutions by frontline staff are making care better and more affordable.

The promise and peril of synthetic biology in 78 minutes
08/27/2017
The promise and peril of synthetic biology in 78 minutes

The promise and peril of synthetic biology in 78 minutes

Below you’ll find an unhurried interview with Autodesk Distinguished Researcher Andy Hessel. Andy is a prime instigator behind GP-Write – which is, on some levels, heir to the Human Genome Project …

08/07/2017
The All of Us Research Program Initial Protocol

"Transparency is one of the foundational values of the All of Us Research Program. And as I speak with different communities about our work, I’m eager to address the many great comments and questions I get—about everything from who can join and what data we’re gathering, to how we’re protecting the data and who can access it. Now that our initial research protocol has been approved by our institutional review board, I’m glad to share the key elements of it with you as an additional source of information about those and other topics, along with some Frequently Asked Questions.

In the protocol you’ll find many details typically included in these kind of documents, such as the program’s enrollment and data collection plans."

The Director of the All of Us program reveals the program's initial protocol document.

07/24/2017
How do roots vary? An exploration of root functional traits across an environmental gradient in Hainan, China

Tree-huggers, take note!

Researchers from the US and China are looking for support in their root research. Follow the link below to learn more and get involved.

"This project has two goals. The first is examine how plastic root functional traits are within a species (i.e. among individuals). That is why we need to study several individuals of each species in each of the forest types. The recent trend in plant functional ecology has been along these lines, quantifying intraspecific variability rather than treating traits as point estimates. The second goal is to look at how root functional traits vary with forest age and across a soil gradient, which are related in Jianfengling. The primary forest area has nutrient-poor clay soils, whereas the secondary forest has sandier, more nutrient-poor soils. However, quantifying the soil nutrient concentrations in these areas depends on further laboratory analysis of the soils."

Roots are an important, yet understudied, part of tropical forests. We need to better understand how roots vary with environment. We have measured fine root functional traits for 400 individuals of 50 tree species in Jianfengling, Hainan, China, to look at the root trait variability across a soil...

07/16/2017
TBD: a new model for volunteer computing

Whether or not you already participate in volunteer computing (VC), this new undertaking from one of BOINC's original architects should excite you.

From the proposal:
"500,000 devices are actively participating in VC projects, 70% via BOINC. These devices have about 2.3 million CPU cores and 290,000 GPUs, and collectively provide an average throughput of 93 PetaFLOPS."
...
"The monetary cost of VC is divided between volunteers and scientists: volunteers pay for buying and maintaining computing devices, for the electricity to power these devices, and for Internet connectivity. Scientists pay for a server and for the salaries of the system administrators, programmers and web developers needed to operate the VC project. Operating a typical VC project involves a few Linux server computers and a 0.5 FTE system administrator. The cost to the research project is about $100K per year. Several BOINC projects (WCG, [email protected], [email protected]) are of this scale, and they average about 1 PetaFLOPS throughput each.

How much would this computing power cost on Amazon EC2? According to Ostermann et al., the best computing value is node type that costs $0.24 per hour and provides 50 GigaFLOPS. It would take 20,000 such instances to provide 1 PetaFLOPS. The total cost would be $42 million per year – 420 times the cost of using VC."

These problems can be traced to BOINC's original structural model: the "project ecosystem" model. In this model, there's a dynamic ecosystem of competing projects, the public learns about them and make informed choices, the best projects get the most computing power, and the public learns and gets e...

07/03/2017
[email protected] on SciStarter

ID your plants, for science!

[email protected] is a citizen science project to collecting worldwide botanic datasets through pictures

Want to help map ancient civilizations from aerial drones? There's a #CitizenScience app for that
07/02/2017
OpenExplorer - High-altitude Archaeolgy - August 2017

Want to help map ancient civilizations from aerial drones? There's a #CitizenScience app for that

Our August 2017 expedition plans to conduct an expanded archaeological survey, including a series of dives at extreme elevation, to investigate, map, and document pre-Incan/Incan ruins and artifacts in and around Laguna Sibinacocha located at 16,000 ft in the Peruvian Andes. Our expedition will util...

There's some great #CitizenScience taking shape on OpenExplorer.
07/02/2017
ROV Meteorite Hunt

There's some great #CitizenScience taking shape on OpenExplorer.

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