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SciStarter's Top 10 Projects of 2017 are here!
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What a year it has been! We now have more than 50,000 active members participating in over 1,700 projects on SciStarter. We can't wait to see what 2018 brings.
From neurons to whales and everything in between, the 2017 Top 10 Projects are as varied and diverse as their participants. Thanks for making it such a successful year for citizen science.
This list, in no particular order, is based on the 10 projects with the most page views on SciStar blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Blockchain Technologies Could Help You Profit from Green Energy

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set.
Is this even possible? Some companies certainly think so. These startups are harnessing the power of blockchains to democratize green power.
Before you can understand how blockchains are part of the solution, you first need to know a few things about the green electricity market.
Today, independent auditors assess renewable-energy prod blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Science Under Siege But Surviving
We break down the Trump administration’s salty relationship with science. discovermagazine.com/2018/j...
Science Under Siege But Surviving — a Trump Timeline
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For many who value science, 2017 will be remembered as the dawn of a new era. January saw the inauguration of Donald Trump, a president who has denied climate change and filled his inner circle with anti-science activists. But the year was as much an awakening as an annus horribilis: Researchers and citizens alike, in the U.S. and beyond, chose to speak out at rallies, on social media and even in the political arena — unprecedented numbers of scientists are consider blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Harvey Redesigns Rainfall Maps
The deluge that swamped Houston changes how we measure downpours. discovermagazine.com/2018/j...
Solar Eclipses Make Waves in the Atmosphere
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When the solar eclipse swept across the continental U.S. in August, it carved a subtle, but noticeable path through our atmosphere.
For the first time, researchers confirmed that that moon's shadow generates a pair of bow waves in Earth's ionosphere, similar to the wake a boat leaves as it travels through the water. The waves are caused by the sudden drop and rebound in incoming energy from the sun, and they ripple through the atmosphere ahead of and behind the shadow. Bow waves are actua blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
A Semi-Autonomous Cricket Farm to Feed the World
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When Gabe Mott, Shobhita Soor and Mohammed Ashour wanted to proposed building a commercial-scale cricket farm optimized with robots and data, the idea earned the McGill University students the $1 million Hult Prize, the largest student competition for social good, in 2013.
But when it came to launching the concept, they needed to leave convention behind, including most of what had been written in science journals about rearing billions of crickets.
Apparently, people hadn’t been thinki blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
The Dreadful Enormity of Southern California's Wildfires
Space imagery reveals the scale of wildfires raging in SoCal. discovermagazine.com/galler...
A Geoengineered Future Is Downright Scary
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Climate change seems inevitable. Between the still-accelerating pace of greenhouse gas emissions and the voices of global warming deniers, hitting the targets laid out in the Paris Accord to slow the pace of a warming climate feels increasingly elusive.
To hit even the 2 degree Celsius cap on a global temperature increase, emissions would need to peak in 2020, or less than three years from now, and keep going down after that. We could do it, but will we?
If we can't change our behavio blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Stay warm with winter projects from home!
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This week we are highlighting projects that help advance research on penguins, seals, the Antarctica and more.
The SciStarter Team
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This one involves a little travel to an unexpected biodiversity "hot" spot: Antarctica. This project connects you with teams of scientists to study communities of phytoplankton liv blogs.discovermagazine.com/...