Citizen Science | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News - Part 2
Today’s Solutions: July 12, 2024

Volunteers are fighting COVID-

Volunteers are fighting COVID-19 by creating world’s fastest supercomputer

Before new ways to tackle the coronavirus can be developed, scientists must first unravel the complex dynamics of the proteins that make up Sars-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Doing this requires computers to perform folding calculations, a process that simulates how proteins are folded Read More...

Self-isolation has been a surp

Self-isolation has been a surprising boost for citizen science

The Rainfall Rescue Project was launched in the UK just last week to help scientists understand past rainfall variations—and a big part of doing that requires digitizing old written records. In what can be considered a little silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists have been amazed Read More...

A rare video of a sloth giving

A rare video of a sloth giving birth has scientists thrilled. Here’s why

When Steven Vela, a tour guide in Costa Rica, spotted a brown-throated sloth up in a tree near La Fortuna, he had no idea the animal was in the late stages of labor—or of the drama that would unfold next. With the camera rolling, the sloth gives birth to its baby, but seconds later the baby Read More...

Green policies, citizen scienc

Green policies, citizen science, and reversing the trend of wildlife losses

Amid big declines in wildlife, action can still help to reverse the trend for some species. This is the conclusion from a new analysis out of the UK which shows that freshwater insects, mosses and lichens are bucking the trend of wildlife losses in the country and have expanded their ranges since Read More...