#SciFund Super Team-Up!

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from Zen Faulkes One of the great things about the #SciFund challenge is that a real team spirit has emerged among the participants. Even in the planning stages, we were all messing about our ideas in the sandbox, and getting feedback and criticism from each other on how to make our projects better. And we needed it, since a lot of us (none of us?) had done anything like this … [Read more...]

Featured Project: Cats Nails: A parasitic plant of South Africa

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Jarrett Byrnes Today's featured project, Cats Nails: A parasitic plant of South Africa by Andi Wolf at Ohio State. "Wait, wait," I hear you saying, "a parasitic plant?! I mean, OK, it took me long enough to wrap my brain around things like parasitic barnacles or zombified parasitized fish, but a PLANT?!?!" Yes, I realize that parasitism seems to kind of be a thing … [Read more...]

Featured Project: The Yin Yang World of Venom

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Jarrett Byrnes Snakes! On a #SciFund proposal! No, really. Today's featured project is The Yin Yang World of Venom bu Chip Cochran. Chip has a fantastic proposal looking at venom variation in snakes. Why look at snake venom variation? Well, as Chip explains, we know that things like the color of snakes varies from population to population. So, why not venom? And, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving and SciFund: opportunities everywhere

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Jai Ranganathan Thanksgiving is coming and so is an opportunity to spread the word about  #SciFund projects. If you are looking to get extra traction for a project, here is an idea. Why not talk up the project with the friends and family that you will soon be seeing? And instead of asking them for contributions, ask them to help spread the word about the project with … [Read more...]

Featured project: Can we save Collserola National Park?

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Jai Ranganathan Today's featured #SciFund Challenge project is Can we save Collserola National Park? by Jorge Mederos. This project is awesome, not least because it's my voice on the video! But there is a lot more to like about this project. The project is based in Collserola Park, which is on the edge of Barcelona, Spain. Collserola is the biggest urban park in … [Read more...]