Citizen Science

About 20 years ago, I contributed a few extra cycles of my home computer to the SETI@Home project. When my PC was idle, it would spend a little bit of processing power helping to analyze radio telescope data in the search for extraterrestrial life. It was an early experience with citizen science, essentially crowd-sourcing scientific research, with mass contributions … Continue reading Citizen Science

Mystic River herring monitor training

Centuries ago, herring in the Mystic River, which runs through Somerville, were extraordinarily abundant. But river herring runs on the Atlantic Coast have declined by 95%. Here's what the Mystic River Watershed Association says: In 2006, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated river herring as a species of concern. Population decline may be associated with … Continue reading Mystic River herring monitor training