Google’s AlphaGo computer may have bested a human in four out of five matches last month, but human beings still excel when it comes to intuitive leaps in problem solving. That’s the conclusion of a new paper in Nature by Danish scientists. Blending the two approaches yields the best of both worlds—a marriage of man…
Last month, the world celebrated as physicists confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, proving Einstein right for the umpteenth time. But if you were looking to get in on the glory that comes with catching a spacetime ripple, now’s your chance. This week, scientists began enlisting ordinary plebs like us to…
You don’t need to be a professional astronomer to find black holes. Here’s how you can spot one, using just your laptop or phone.
There are many interesting biological questions a biology degree doesn’t necessarily equip you to answer. For instance, as a bio major at one of the world’s top ornithology research universities, I managed to skate by without learning diddly squat about birds.
Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable—using cheap, lightweight CubeSats.
The aurora borealis that took place on St. Patrick's day was spectacular, but aside from being the strongest geomagnetic storm in a decade, there's another reason it was special. It was the first time that thousands of citizen scientists tweeted about the aurora to help space weather scientists construct a…
Quantum computers—theoretical machines which can process certain large and difficult problems exponentially faster than classical computers—have been a mainstay of science fiction for decades. But actually building one has proven incredibly challenging.
Cancer Research UK's latest foray into citizen science is in the form of the game Even the Odds. Just spend some time trying to save the Odds and you can also help researchers gather data on cancer cells.
Three years ago, I gently brushed fiber-tipped swabs against the surfaces of my tiny New York apartment. Microbes live everywhere, and I was gathering samples for genetic analysis — I wanted to identify my microscopic housemates.
The Milky Way Project asked members of the public to classify the objects in images from the Spitzer Space Telescope. One of the classifiers wondered what the fuzzy yellow balls in the pictures were. The astronomers got together, and now have an answer.
It was just a year ago when the world first formally met the olinguito. The discovery of the creature - the first mammal discovered in the Americas in 35 years - made it the smallest member of the family that includes raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. Thanks to crowdsourcing, we now know a whole lot more about…
NASA has a problem, and it wants you to help. Since the 50s, it's amassed 1.8 million images of Earth from space—and it needs your assistance in working out exactly what they're of.
Sharks are rapidly dying out, and scientists desperately need more data to estimate the extinction risks for these threatened species. Now, marine researchers in Australia say that dive guides and amateurs can help fill some significant gaps in their knowledge.
A lot of crows come to my backyard looking for peanuts, but this group of five was different. They were scrappy, with tattered white bits of down sticking out from between their black feathers. One of them made a cry more like a bleat than your typical caw caw! And then I discovered them doing something extraordinary.
Anybody can contribute to the progress of science! There are plenty of "Citizen Scientist" projects that let you help with scientific research. But one question lingers: How reliable are the results produced by non-experts? A new study provides some good news.
A new automated system is helping to monitor the world's biodiversity by recording the sounds of nature and uploading them to the web in real time. Anyone can listen to the tracks, and approved users can help train the software to automatically identify species in the recordings. Researchers hope to eventually…
This summer, we want you to become a scientist. You can do it from your cubicle at work, or by going out into the woods and counting frogs. No matter what your scientific passion is, we've got a way for you to help scientists do cutting edge research on it. Join the citizen science revolution!