Citizen Science Project: Cosmic Ray Particle Tracking
I am passionate about citizen science. I believe that crowdsourcing data and leveraging on communities not only helps in understanding patterns and behaviors, but also in supporting scientific purposes.
I believe that people are only waiting for opportunities to get involved to make the world a better place – and simple actions brought at scale can have massive impacts.
We did exactly that at Diveboard. Marine species identified by divers worldwide are published as open data for scientists to use in their research, thereby giving them access to real-time occurrence data at scale. This kind of data could only have been dreamt of prior to Diveboard.
Scientists from the University of California have just announced an incredible citizen science project “CRAYFIS” which stands for Cosmic Rays Found in Smartphones.
As it turns out, your smartphone camera may be sensitive to cosmic rays. So the scientists built an app to use your phone as a detector for those rays to evaluate their flow over earth – at the citizen science scale.
Currently in beta, you can sign up (I did) and take part in this amazing initiative.