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You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at ZooniverseYou found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

Posted By Karen Eng

  Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one […]

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Wild sex: Carin Bondar at TEDGlobal 2013Wild sex: Carin Bondar at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

When humans think about sex, we tend to categorise into male and female forms, says biologist and animal sex expert Carin Bondar. But for millions of years, it used to be a fusion of bodies, a “trickle of DNA shared between two or more beings,” she says. It wasn’t until about 500 million years ago […]

Science

Step inside the Millennium Seed Bank: VideoStep inside the Millennium Seed Bank: Video

Posted By Tedstaff

This lovely new video, with lots of extreme closeups, walks us through the scientific facility that Jonathan Drori discussed in his 2009 TEDTalk “Why we’re storing billions of seeds.” For even more, the TED Blog’s Q&A with Drori, where he answers our detailed questions about saving and germinating the seeds that represent some 10% of […]