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Citizen Science

Want to hunt for aliens, explore the oceans, fight cancer, protect wildlife, or maybe even observe a distant galaxy no one has ever seen before?

You can. Right now. Scientists are recruiting lots of people, including teens, to help them in their quests. Check out this collection of sites and you could change your life (and maybe the world).

National Geographic
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RNA VirtuaLab

RNA VirtuaLab

From producing proteins to fighting viruses, RNA "machines" are hard at work in your body. Play this citizen science game to see if people can succeed where computer models have failed. More...

Game
NOVA/PBS
Caroline Moore: Teen Astronomer/Singer

Caroline Moore: Teen Astronomer/Singer

Meet the teenage amateur astronomer who got to hang out with Barack and Michelle Obama after discovering an extremely rare supernova. More...

Profile
NOVA/PBS
Classify Galaxies

Classify Galaxies

Help astronomers by classifying galaxies according to their shapes. You might be the first person ever to examine the galaxy you're looking at. More...

Activity
Galaxy Zoo
SciStarter

SciStarter

Design space colonies, collect microbes, watch bees… The list of opportunities for citizen scientists goes on and on. More...

Activity
SciStarter
Using Citizens in Science Research

Using Citizens in Science Research

Imagine an amateur astronomer so good, he notices when a new twinkle of light appears in the sky. In this way, Robert Evans has found more exploding stars (supernovas) than anyone else. More...

Profile
American Geosciences Institute
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Click to Cure

Click to Cure

With this site you can help cure cancer. Seriously! Take the brief tutorial, then start hunting for cancer cell cores. More...

Interactive
Cancer Research UK
Climate Change and Citizen Science

Climate Change and Citizen Science

Meet a hiker in Arizona and thousands like him worldwide who help scientists track how plants and animals respond to a warming climate. More...

Interactive
USA National Phenology Network
NASA Offers $35,000 for Help in Tracking Asteroids

NASA Offers $35,000 for Help in Tracking Asteroids

Sure, scientists have found 95% of the large asteroids near Earth's orbit, but what about that other dangerous 5%? NASA is seeking the help of coders with a big citizen science contest. More...

Article
NPR
SETI@home

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Want to help hunt for aliens? SETI researchers comb through signals from space, searching for evidence of ET. But to do that, they need a lot of computing power. That's where you come in. More...

Activity
University of California, Berkeley
The Milky Way Project

The Milky Way Project

Our galaxy is vast; it is also vastly uncharted. Astronomers want to change that, by getting the public involved in identifying thousands of images. More...

Activity
The Zooniverse
Citizen Scientists

Citizen Scientists

A few backyard birders, amateur astronomers, and other citizens were helping scientists as long ago as the 1700s. But today, thanks to the Internet, thousands are pitching in. More...

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National Geographic
Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

Live on the West Coast (or Alaska or Hawaii) and like to walk on the beach? Then this beached bird survey project might be for you. More...

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COASST
Hummingbirds at Home

Hummingbirds at Home

Are hummingbirds out of tune with their habitats because of climate change? Are they getting the nectar they need? Download an app and join other citizen scientists in finding out. More...

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Audubon Society
Kids Recruited as Citizen Scientists in Bug Hunt

Kids Recruited as Citizen Scientists in Bug Hunt

Farmers need ladybugs, but native species are disappearing. What has happened to them? Scientists need you to help them find out. Watch the video, then check out lostladybug.org. More...

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PBS NewsHour
Project Squirrel

Project Squirrel

Since 1997, volunteers have been helping scientists understand the wildlife in cities and suburbs by reporting on squirrels. You can join them. More...

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University of Illinois, Chicago
The Dragonfly Swarm Project

The Dragonfly Swarm Project

It’s rare to see dragonflies swarm, so insect scientists know little about this behavior. But citizen scientists are cracking the mystery. Find out how to join them. More...

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The Dragonfly Woman
YardMap

YardMap

Join thousands of other "citizen scientists" by using Google images and the YardMap tools to map your yard and its features. Sharing data creates better understanding about bird habitats. More...

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Cornell University
Zooniverse

Zooniverse

The Zooniverse says it’s home to “the Internet's largest, most popular, and most successful citizen science projects.” Whatever your interest, you’ll probably find a project to match it here. More...

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Zooniverse

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