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These are some new PetriDish projects:


 
Do monarchs from different summer origins in eastern North America
migrate to different overwintering colonies in Mexico?

Fukushima TRIPS: Transport of Radionuclides In Pelagic Species by Daniel Madigan
Pacific bluefin in 2011 carried radiation from Japan to California. What other ocean species are transporting radiation from the Fukushima spill around the Pacific Ocean?
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These are some new projects that caught my eye:


Born in avalanche chutes, wolverines thrive in places few people tread.
Citizen scientists are helping us conduct a noninvasive survey of
wolverines, using hair and cameras to assess how highways affect gene
flow.
Although nausea and vomiting of pregnancy was documented by Aristotle in
the 4th Century B.C.E. and is believed to have killed acclaimed author
Charlotte Bronte, the cause is unknown, and will be elucidated in this
novel study.
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These are some new projects that caught my attention...


 
Heritage language learners (HLLs) are students with a family language
different from the majority language. I will investigate a school that has
successfully integrated HLLs to uncover what methods are leading to their
success.
 
 
Born in avalanche chutes, wolverines thrive in places few people tread.
Citizen scientists are helping us conduct a noninvasive survey of
wolverines, using hair and cameras to assess how highways affect gene
flow. 
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These caught my eye:


Evolution by natural selection has given rise to societies, altruism, empathy and kindness. Why and how did this happen? We are discovering new insights from a surprising source: the cooperative and intelligent vampire bat.
Atmospheric rivers are streams of water vapor that deliver enormous amounts of moisture to the continents. In addition to moisture, they also transfer large amounts of heat (as latent heat), yet they are poorly understood.
Much of our current understanding of how large mountain belts evolve is informed from study of the Himalaya. New ideas based on the Himalaya indicate that our traditional views of mountain building may be completely incorrect.
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All three of these caught my eye, but of course I think the language one is the coolest.


Successful Education for Heritage Language Learners

Heritage language learners (HLLs) are students with a family language
different from the majority language. I will investigate a school that
has successfully integrated HLLs to uncover what methods are leading to
their success.

How the zebra got its stripes

How the zebra got its stripes is a mystery. I’m working to solve this
mystery by identifying the genes responsible for striping and
discovering what they can tell us about advantages that striping may
have for zebras

Carnivorous plants and the invisible predators inside

How do species interactions react to environmental changes? Microbes
living within carnivorous pitcher plants can help us find the answer,
if we develop good enough molecular tools to understand their
biodiversity.
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The project "Understanding and saving poisonous frogs" has passed its goal.  Woohoo!

Currently featured is "The language of wild bonobos."  These primates are our closest relatives, and noted for their peaceable behavior.  But we don't know much about how they communicate, so this study aims to improve that.

Also interesting are "Saving fossil whales in Virginia" and "Saving sharks with satellites."
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Here are some new opportunities in crowdfunded science ...


Finding and Saving Nicaragua’s Last Population of Jaguars

Jaguars are among the most charismatic and important large carnivores
in Latin America. However, they have lost much of their range to human
activities like logging, ranching, and hunting.

Potential rewards: Bag of coffee from Nicaragua or a cast of
a real jaguar footprint!

Decoding Hyena Calls in the Maasai Mara

The hyena’s whoop is one of the eeriest, most distinctive sounds of
the African bush. What function do whoops serve, and how do these
carnivores use vocal communication?

Potential rewards: Traditional Masai blanket or war club, and naming
rights to a hyena cub!


Also, the project to search for exomoons is fully funded. Cool.

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I was thrilled to discover this article about PetriDish, a new crowdfunding hub site specializing in science projects. It's currently in beta with a handful of projects. Among my favorites are a search for the first exomoon, gelada monkey linguistics, the wolves of Isle Royale, and interviews of climate refugees.

Now you can fund the kind of science YOU want to see done! Which is good, because the government has pretty much dropped the ball and big business isn't interested in picking it up. Grab it and run like hell.

SO. MUCH. LOVE.

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