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Now You Too Can Do Real Science

By July 26, 2013

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There's no better way to spread appreciation of science than inviting people to participate. A recent post from the U.S. Geological Survey, "Scientists Need Your Eyes and Ears," presents several different projects that allow civilians to collect data. Some of them I've featured here before:

The Did You Feel It? program turns your descriptions of earthquake effects into useful seismic intensity maps.

If you're on Twitter and feel an earthquake, just tweet "earthquake!" (or "terremoto!" if you like), and the USGS's Tweet Earthquake Dispatch program will pick it up, along with everyone else's, and instantly map out the shaking before the seismic waves even reach the world instrumental network.

Did You See It? collects reports of landslides. (The first day the system went up, I reported this one.)

Alaskans, who live in America's most volcanic state, can report their observations of ashfall at the Is Ash Falling? site.

You can also contribute to the National Map and report observations of annual biological events through the Nature's Notebook program.

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