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Featured project: Domesticating algae for the 21st century

Featured project: Domesticating algae for the 21st century | #SciFund | Scoop.it

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Today's featured #SciFund Challenge project is Domesticating Algae for the 21st Century by Steve Herbert. Let me be honest: I love this project. Steve, a professor of ..."

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Send John to the Jungle!

Send John to the Jungle! | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Dr. Mathews' student John Gust has raised 60% of his goal in the #Scifund challenge. Please help put him over the top!
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Crowdfunding For Science — Can It Succeed? - Slashdot

Crowdfunding For Science — Can It Succeed? - Slashdot | #SciFund | Scoop.it

"Can crowdfunding work for science? Having raised nearly $40,000 for scientific research in 10 days for projects as diverse as biofuel catalyst design to the study of cellular cilia to deploying seismic sensor networks (that attach to your computer!) to robotic squirrels, the #SciFund Challenge is taking off like a rocket. Might this be a future model for science funding in the U.S. and abroad? What would that mean?"

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U of M lion researcher turns to 'crowdfunding'

U of M lion researcher turns to 'crowdfunding'Duluth News TribunePacker also said they also want to encourage the idea of crowdfunding for scientific research in general.
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To Study Backward-Finned Dolphin, Researcher Sources Crowds for Cash

To Study Backward-Finned Dolphin, Researcher Sources Crowds for Cash | #SciFund | Scoop.it
One researcher's quest to understand some funky fins taps a new crowdsourcing model to funding his project (Backwards-finned dolphins?
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Featured project: Does the act of looking change what we see?

Featured project: Does the act of looking change what we see? | #SciFund | Scoop.it
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Today’s featured #SciFund Challenge project is Does the act of looking change what we see? by Eric Abelson.
Lion's image captured with a camera trap. Why so serious, Ms. Lion?
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Thank you, Vladimir Vukicevic, for Fueling my project, STEMulate Learning!

Vladimir Vukicevic just Fueled my project, STEMulate Learning, with 20 liters of RocketFuel. Thank you, Vladimir for supporting the #SciFund Challenge and the STEMulate Learning lab! http://www.rockethub.com/projects/3814-stemulate-learning

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The #SciFund Challenge: Science Funding Through Crowdsourcing

The #SciFund Challenge: Science Funding Through Crowdsourcing | #SciFund | Scoop.it
#SciFund proposes crowdsource funding (or simply crowdfunding) – an alternate venue of funding that has worked for the microfinance sector and the arts, yet remains largely untried in the sciences.
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Who were the 99% of ancient Rome?

Who were the 99% of ancient Rome? | #SciFund | Scoop.it
From Gibbon to "Gladiator," it might seem like we know a lot about Ancient Rome, but our view of this civilization is a skewed one. The Romans lived in one of the most stratified societies in history. Around 1.5% of the population controlled the government, military, economy and religion. Through the writings and possessions they left behind, these rich, upper-class men are also responsible for most of our information about Roman life.

The remaining people – commoners, slaves and others – are largely silent. They could not afford tombstones to record their names, and they were buried with little in the way of fancy pottery or jewellery. Their lives were documented by the elites, but they left few documents of their own.

Now, Kristina Killgrove, an archaeologist from Vanderbilt University, wants to tell their story by sequencing their DNA, and she is raising donations to do it. “Their DNA will tell me where these people, who aren’t in histories, were coming from,” she says. “They were quite literally the 99% of Rome.”
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#SciFund Puts YOU in Charge of Funding Science! | EvoEcoLab, Scientific American Blog Network

#SciFund Puts YOU in Charge of Funding Science! | EvoEcoLab, Scientific American Blog Network | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Funding science has always relied on public support. Traditionally, scientists at research institutions are awarded money from government agencies and sometimes private foundations. The money from ...
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Ancient Roman DNA Project Fully Funded!

Ancient Roman DNA Project Fully Funded! | #SciFund | Scoop.it
UPDATE (11/11/11) - Thanks to your generous donations, the Roman DNA Project is fully funded, just 11 days after launch!  I cannot express how much it means to me that dozens of you share my passion for the ancient Romans.
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October's Berry Go Round and crowd funding of science

October's Berry Go Round and crowd funding of science | #SciFund | Scoop.it

"I would encourage you to check out Andi Wolfe's #SciFund project and support it if you can. Andi is a professor in the department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University that I just began attending this autumn, and the funding from her #SciFund project will support undergraduate research.

 

I think overall that the #SciFund challenge will benefit scientists and the public. Scientists must strive to explain often difficult topics to a "why should I care?" public, flexing their PR muscles, and the public gets the opportunity to feel like they're a part of the scientific process. It's exciting and I can't wait to see what comes from it.

 

Good luck, Andi!"

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Scientists Turn to the Web to Raise Research Funds

Scientists Turn to the Web to Raise Research Funds | #SciFund | Scoop.it
As research budgets tighten, a new crop of Web-savvy scientists is hoping the wisdom and generosity of crowds will come to the rescue.
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#SciFund Challenge: Saving Hawaii’s Coral Reefs

#SciFund Challenge: Saving Hawaii’s Coral Reefs | #SciFund | Scoop.it
RT @WhySharksMatter: #SciFund Challenge: Saving Hawaii’s Coral Reefs http://t.co/x5OLf2Qw...
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The Food Truck Phenomenon – or, what animal behavior tells us about crowdfunding

The Food Truck Phenomenon – or, what animal behavior tells us about crowdfunding | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Shermin de Silva

Note from Jai: Dr. Shermin de Silva is an elephant researcher and she has a project in the #SciFund Challenge (check out Help Elephants & People in Sri Lanka). She has a doc...
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Ask Slashdot: Crowdfunding For Science — Can It Succeed?

Ask Slashdot: Crowdfunding For Science — Can It Succeed? By admin at 12 November, 2011, 5:00 pm. jearbear writes “Can crowdfunding work for science? Having raised nearly $40000 for scientific research in 10 days for projects as ...
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Pennies instead of petroleum!

Pennies instead of petroleum! | #SciFund | Scoop.it
The Problem – The use of non-renewable fuels is the cause of a number of geopolitical and environmental problems.  In the United States, ethanol produced from corn (maize) has been promoted as an alternative fuel that can ease the demand for...
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Featured project: Can we save Collserola National Park?

Featured project: Can we save Collserola National Park? | #SciFund | Scoop.it

"Jai Ranganathan. Today's featured #SciFund Challenge project is Can we save Collserola National Park? by Jorge Mederos. This project is awesome, not least because it's my voice on the video..."

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Lessons from Ancient Rome: how to make crowdfunding work

Lessons from Ancient Rome: how to make crowdfunding work | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Jai Ranganathan
Let's get down - Ancient Roman style - to celebrate a #SciFund success!
One #SciFund Challenge participant has had a very good couple of days!
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The #SciFund Challenge: Science Funding Through Crowdsourcing - Asian Scientist Magazine

The #SciFund Challenge: Science Funding Through Crowdsourcing - Asian Scientist Magazine | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Asian Scientist MagazineThe #SciFund Challenge: Science Funding Through CrowdsourcingAsian Scientist MagazineScientists have started the #SciFund Challenge, a new type of crowdfunding that lets individuals support scientific research projects,...
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Crowdfunding for Science and STEM Education - Forbes

Crowdfunding for Science and STEM Education - Forbes | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Image Courtesy of RocketHub.com Science knows very little about sea turtles in the open ocean. It doesn’t know much about the DNA of ancient Romans and what their bones might tell us about their daily lives.
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How would you fund research? – An Open Science perspective

How would you fund research? – An Open Science perspective | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from Science 3.0/EvoMRI
On Twitter, Mary Canady asked whether there are any blog posts on the relationship between the SciFund Challenge and Open Science. As I had already started d...
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200 cameras are set to capture millions of lion images from Tanzania

200 cameras are set to capture millions of lion images from TanzaniaTwin Cities PlanetTo meet that goal, it's fundraising through the SciFund Challenge online, which utilizes a “crowdfunding” strategy that enables the public to make small donations...
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U of M lion researcher turns to 'crowdfunding' | The Associated Press ...

U of M lion researcher turns to 'crowdfunding' | The Associated Press ... | #SciFund | Scoop.it

A University of Minnesota ecology professor and expert in lion behavior has turned to "crowdfunding" to raise enough money to transmit thousands of images over the  Internet of lions from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/news/2011/11/u-m-lion-researcher-turns-crowdfunding#ixzz1dmtPuAtk

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#SciFund Puts YOU in Charge of Funding Science! | Innovation Toronto

#SciFund Puts YOU in Charge of Funding Science! | Innovation Toronto | #SciFund | Scoop.it
Funding science has always relied on public support. Traditionally, scientists at research institutions are awarded money from government agencies and som...
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