How Collective Data Contributes to The Science of Breeding Healthier Dogs

By Guest | November 16, 2017 2:00 pm

3 Month Old “Samba,” is genetically free of the gene that leads to Primary Lens Luxation, a blinding eye disease affecting the lens.

By Katherine Leviste

Next Thursday, T.V. viewers across the country will watch Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers,  Portuguese Water Dogs, and other purebreds trot around the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in a Thanksgiving tradition that ranks right up there with parades and football: the National Dog Show. As the dogs sit, stand, and jog, licensed judges evaluate them based on a set of standard character and physical appearance expectations for each breed.

Behind those expectations lie a collection of inherited factors that influence the competition dogs’ bone structure, movement, and behavior. These characteristics and the genetics behind them are hot topics in the realm of dog shows and performance sports such as agility and tracking. Yet research on these traits across populations and generations remains a challenge: while most purebred dog breeders keep meticulous records of their own dogs’ health and performance, accessibility to these records is limited to those active in the show or performance circuits

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Citizen Science + Science Centers

By Sarah Newman | November 9, 2017 10:05 am

November 10th is World Science Day, presented by UNESCO, AND Science Museum Day, presented by the International Science Center.

To celebrate, SciStarter’s editors have selected six citizen science projects organized by science centers. You can do several of these from the comfort of home.

Thank you for making the world a better place.

The SciStarter Team

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Spooktacular Citizen Science

By Sarah Newman | October 28, 2017 4:07 pm
Shaker Village

Treat yourself with citizen science this Halloween. Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch to look for insects or spend a night under the stars watching bats. Staying indoors? Map craters on the moon for NASA!

Grab a few sweets from the candy dish and scroll through our editor’s picks below. You’re sure to find a project to enjoy. And that’s no trick!
The SciStarter Team
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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment

Support Bat Week Through Citizen Science

By Kristin Butler | October 24, 2017 3:52 pm

Editor’s Note: Today starts the beginning of Bat Week and there are many opportunities for citizen scientists to get involved. Below, we have reposted an article from 2015 on the popular online project Bat Detective. Want to support more bat projects? Check out SciStarter to find a list of fun possibilities.  Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Living World

An Autumn Bounty of Citizen Science

By Sarah Newman | October 14, 2017 4:10 pm
Season Spotter

Birds and monarchs are migrating and leaves are changing color. Fall is in full swing! Unfortunately, hurricanes are forming and flu season is here too.

Help scientists document nature and health changes near you to study and predict future trends.
Our editors selected five projects to get you started. Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter’s Project Finder.
The SciStarter Team
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Mobilize hundreds of years of biodiversity information with WeDigBio!

By Guest | October 12, 2017 4:59 pm

By: Dr. Libby Ellwood

Each year, millions of people flock to natural history museums to see examples of plants, animals, gemstones and more from places around the world. But what those visitors *don’t* get to see are the countless additional specimens behind the scenes.

These specimen collections, housed at museums, universities, and other institutions, are an invaluable resource for understanding biodiversity around the world over long spans of time. Yet billions of these specimens lie tucked carefully away in cabinets and shelves, largely inaccessible to all but the few researchers with the means to view these collections in person. This makes the valuable data contained in and on those specimens difficult to search for, compromising their usefulness in research and education.  Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Events

From Tide-pooling to Shark Diving, Citizen Science with Ocean Sanctuaries

By Kristin Butler | October 5, 2017 10:58 am

Tiffany Poon dives with sharks. In fact, it’s one the biggest highlights of her diving year.

“As soon as the first one appears, usually in spring, I’ll be at La Jolla Cove spending as much time as possible with them,” Poon says. “Sometimes they’re shy and keep their distance, but often they’ll come by close enough for a nice photograph, and every now and then come in close to eyeball me with my strange camera.”

Poon is a citizen scientist for Ocean Sanctuaries, a nonprofit dedicated to researching and protecting sharks and other marine species. Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Living World

What’s in your water?

By Sarah Newman | October 3, 2017 8:05 am
World Water Monitoring
World Water Monitoring

Our dependency on clean water is something we all have in common.

In celebration of the Clean Water Act’s 45th anniversary (October 18), we’ve selected six citizen science opportunities to monitor the vitality of water near you.

Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter’s Project Finder.



The SciStarter Team

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment

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