Featured project: Domesticating algae for the 21st century

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Jai Ranganathan Today's featured #SciFund Challenge project is Domesticating Algae for the 21st Century by Steve Herbert. Let me be honest: I love this project. Steve, a professor of plant sciences at the University of Wyoming, wants to better grow algae in a vat. Sounds boring, right? Think again. The world's human population just topped 7 billion people.   … [Read more...]

Week three of #SciFund: unbelievable momentum

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Jai Ranganathan We are now three weeks into #SciFund Challenge projects going live on RocketHub. Where do we stand? Astonishingly well! As of this morning, #SciFund projects have together raised  $49,294. Incredible. And if you look at the figure above, you can see that contributions are rising steadily. … [Read more...]

On the Complementarity of Crowdfunding and Traditional Grants

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Aditya Rao Note by Jai: Aditya is a #SciFund Challenge participant and he is pursuing his doctorate in cellular and developmental biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Check out his great #SciFund project: C-Cilia in Motion! You can find Aditya on Twitter at @nishantaditya. For a lot of people their early exposure to "science" was through science fiction. This was a … [Read more...]

Featured project: Does the act of looking change what we see?

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Jai Ranganathan Today's featured #SciFund Challenge project is Does the act of looking change what we see? by Eric Abelson. One of the biggest recent advances in conservation biology and wildlife science is the camera trap. What is a camera trap? It is a motion-sensitive camera that is used to take pictures of animals in the wild. Biologists leave camera traps on … [Read more...]

Lessons from Ancient Rome: how to make crowdfunding work

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Jai Ranganathan One #SciFund Challenge participant has had a very good couple of days! Kristina Killgrove, who is behind the Ancient Roman DNA project, has gotten all sorts of media coverage (like at CNN and Forbes). Even better, she has blown right past her financial target of $6,000 in less than two weeks. She is now at $9,000 and rising fast! How did she do it? I … [Read more...]