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Wildlife Spotter, the ABC\’s citizen science experiment for National Science Week 2016 launched on Monday 1 August and will run into September.
Four weeks in: more than 45,000 citizen scientists have identified 1.7 million animals in 1.3 million images.
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Early results from Australia-wide experiment suggest being outdoors can be a good way to trigger “aha” moments.
People are most likely to have a sudden bright idea when
out in the bush – or lying in bed.
That’s one of the early observations arising from The Aha!
Challenge, the month-long Australia-wide science experiment that kicked off
during National Science Week and runs until the end of August.
The experiment, which revolves around a series of online
brainteasers, aims to explore sudden bursts of clarity and insight, and their
role in problem-solving. In effect, it’s a nationwide quest to find the things
that make you go “aha!”…
And so far the results have been very revealing.
Researchers set up Australia-wide experiment to explore why and when the pennies drop.
Scientists want to know the things that make you go “aha!”.
Throughout August, researchers from the University of
Melbourne are conducting a country-wide citizen science project to better
understand how the human brain works.
The focus of the project, dubbed The Aha! Challenge,
is to investigate the kind of sudden problem-solving insight that makes you
spontaneously exclaim “yes!” or “at last!” or, indeed, “aha!”. It’s the ABC’s
community project for National Science Week.
Citizen scientists from around Australia are helping scientists and reef managers get a much better picture of the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
So far, they have looked at over 2.7 million points on more than 170,000 underwater images of the Reef and told us whether they can see coral, algae or sand.
They’re all taking part in Virtual Reef Diver—the ABC’s online citizen science project for National Science Week.
The Great Barrier Reef is big, so big that scientists need your help to track its health.
We’re inviting every Australian to dive through their computer screens into the Reef by taking part in Virtual Reef Diver—the ABC’s online citizen science project for National Science Week and the International Year of the Reef.
“We need the community to pitch in to help us classify thousands of underwater images of the Reef,” says spatial scientist and project leader Dr Erin Peterson from Queensland University of Technology.
“Tell us whether you can see coral, algae or sand, and we’ll be able to get an estimate of the coral cover in that image.”
We spend three hours a day on our phones, on average, with almost one in five of us admitting we check our phone at least once every 15 minutes.
These are some of the early findings from Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey, which is looking at how we use our smartphones and how we feel about them.
More than 10,000 people have taken part in the survey so far, but there’s still plenty of time to participate with the survey running until Friday, August 25.
In particular, researchers want to hear from more young people, especially those aged between 12 and 25.
Psychology PhD student Bep Uink from Murdoch University, says: “Young Australians are digital natives so it’s possible they have more sophisticated relationships with their smartphones than their parents’ generation.”
“It’s really important for researchers to hear from young people about the benefits they get from their smartphones, and conversely the downsides of having such a ubiquitous device in their lives, that we might not otherwise be aware of,” she says.
Other early findings from the survey show: [continue reading…]
Are you a slave to your smartphone? Or have you mastered your mobile?
Researchers want your help to build a deeper understanding of our relationship with our smartphones.
Take part in Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey—the online project for National Science Week.
How has having a smartphone changed your life?
Has it made your life easier? Or harder? How much time do you spend on it? Does it help you connect (or disconnect) with people? And could you live without it?
Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is asking you to share how you use your smartphone and what impact this ubiquitous device is having on your life.
A taste of some of the 1,800+ National Science Week events and activities around the country.
- What’s your relationship with your phone? (national)
- Is your future written in your genes? (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth)
- NASA scientists and potential Martians on the Red Planet (NSW)
- Science Gallery International’s bloody Australian debut (VIC)
- Hunting pests in pantries (WA and SA)
- Plus many more
- Canadian astronaut and ‘Space Oddity’ Chris Hadfield
- The man behind the visual effects of the movie Interstellar Oliver James
- US science writer Dava Sobel, author of The Glass Universe, revealing more hidden figures from the history of astronomy
- English physicist, writer and broadcaster Paul Davies
Local science stars
- Katie Mack—the astrophysicist J K Rowling follows—will be the Women in Physics Touring Lecturer, before heading back to America in 2018
- Astrophysicist and science communicator Alan Duffy, Mamamia’s ‘hot astronomer’
- Lee Constable—Steminist, host of Network Ten’s science show SCOPE, and the brains behind Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art
- 17-year-old inventor, social entrepreneur and educational pioneer Taj Pabari, who developed a build-it-yourself tablet and creativity kit for kids
- Forensic chemist and modern-day Sherlock Holmes Shari Forbes, who uses a ‘farm’ of buried bodies to study the smell of death and decay
- Comedian, science communicator and Mars One candidate Josh Richards
Today: ABC’s Wildlife Spotter project and competition closes at midnight tonight.
But the project has been so successful that the wildlife spotting will continue at Australian Museum.
“We’ve had reports of northern quolls, foxes stealing malleefowl eggs, wedge-tailed eagles, and ‘lion-like’ dogs,” says Kylie Andrews, coordinator of the project at the ABC.
Scientists are available to talk about the impact of the project, and how it will change their research on how our native wildlife are going in the wild.
Media release below, or contact Ellie Michaelides for interviews on email@example.com or 0404 809 789. [continue reading…]
Monday 5 September 2016
The ABC’s Wildlife Spotter project and competition closes at midnight tonight. But the project has been so successful that the wildlife spotting will continue into the future.
In just one month, 44,000 citizen scientists have classified frogs, feral cats, bettongs, bandicoots, birds, Tassie devils, dingoes, and other animals caught on camera in more than 1.6 million images as part of the ABC’s citizen science project Wildlife Spotter. This breaks the record of last year’s Galaxy Explorer project, which involved 20,000 people helping astronomers classify galaxies far, far away.
Volunteer wildlife spotters have collectively spent more than 16,000 hours assisting scientific research by identifying two million animals in the images. [continue reading…]
Scientists are thanking the 30,000 Australians who have gone online and spotted more than 800,000 animals in 680,000 images through the ABC’s Wildlife Spotter project, helping scientists monitor Australia’s wildlife, their predators and pests.
But there’s still more work to be done, with hundreds of thousands of pictures of animals taken by automated ‘camera traps’ needing to be done.
“You’re helping us save bandicoots and other animals,” says Deakin University ecologist Euan Ritchie. “And you’re literally saving us years of work, so we can get ahead with understanding and protecting our wildlife.”
Anyone with a tablet or computer and an internet connection can join – head to www.wildlifespotter.net.au to start spotting and identifying the wildlife caught on camera. [continue reading…]