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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!


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  • Citizen Scientists Come into Their Own

    In our August issue we published Linda Weiner's review of Loree Griffin Burns' book Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of a Scientific Discover (see below), which tells the story of four actual research projects that invite members of the public to participate in "real" science. While Citizen Science projects have been around for a long time, their resurgence in popularity could have something to do with the growth of crowdsourcing , a distributed problem-solving and production model such as that used by Wikipedia and TripAdvisor. One of the earliest Citizen Science Projects was the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's PigeonWatch in which participants counted pigeons and recorded the...      Read more...
  • Global Google Science Fair!

    Last year more than 10,000 students from 91 countries entered the first Google Science Fair. This year the Google Science Fair's reach should extend even further as it will accept entries in 13 languages. In addition, there will be 90 regional finalists: 30 each from the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia Pacific. There is also a new “Science in Action” award for a project that addresses a social, environmental or health issue. Last year Shree Bose of Fort Worth, Tex., won a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos for her project on drug resistance in ovarian cancer. Who will take the grand prize this year? Perhaps it's a young scientist that you know.      Read more...
    Published 12 Jan 2012 9:12 PM by Maria Sosa