Chicago Citizen Science Group

We inform ourselves about new work in sciences. We ask ourselves: Is this work good? Why? What does this tell us about us? For example we will explore meanings of the image above and will savor detections of gravity waves.

We do work designed by professional scientists for particapation by citizen scientists. For example, we identify stars which might have planets via NASA's Disc Detective citizen science project hosted by Zooniverse. We found several good candidates again last session.

Our resources for informing ourselves are curated to be:
— from reliable science sources
— easy to understand
— uplifting
— important for human rights
— important for Earth

Our resources are curated by
Don F Moyer PhD
Physicist, Historian of Science,
Patent Agent, Teacher, Retired.
About [link], Email [link]

Resources: Citizen Science [link]; Telescopes changed the world [link]; Space telescopes [link]; Gravity waves [link]; Spacecraft [link]; Mars [link]; Earth satellites [link]; Matter and . . . [link]; Engineering changed the world — Whoops [link]; Our best hope is us [link]; ALL of us [link]

Citizen science

Citizen Science is about participating in science [link]

Citizen science is about informming ourselves about new work in sciences [link]

Science news fails do not help [link]

Reliable and well done science news deserves reward [link]


Telescopes changed our world

Galileo put us on a sure path to trustworthy science [link]

The hallmark of trustworthy science [link]

We are in court and Bo Peep is in the witness chair [link]

Our brains doing trustworthy science [link]

Why care about improving measurements [link]

Reality is messy so error is never zero [link]

Sir Paul Nurse on trust in science [link]

Why do we care about trustworthy science? [link]

Evolution of telescope mirrors [link]

European Southern Observatory [link]

European Southern Observatory star wobble hunt [link]

Observing a protoplanetary disc around a distant star [link]

ALMA's protoplanetary disc image shows snow line [link]

European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) [link]

ESO Laser Guide Star for Adaptive Optics [link]

"Observing" a black hole [link]


Space telescopes

Kinds of space telescopes [link]

Hubble Space Telescope [link]

Webb space telescope [link]

NASA's next WFIRST space telescope and citizen science [link]

Kepler Searching for Exoplanets [link]

Martin Rees on the cosmos [link]

Martin Rees Q&A [link]


Gravity waves

First LIGO detection and basic links [link]

Second gravity wave detected by LIGO [link]

Barry Barish on gravity waves [link]

LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations [link]

Sheila Rowan catching gravity waves [link]



Kinds of NASA missions [link]

Surveyor 1 on Our Moon 02 June 1966 [link]

Remembering Apollo and blue marble images [link]

Kinds of ESA missions [link]

Rosetta and lander Philae [link]

Spacecraft Dawn up close at dwarf planet Ceres [link]

New Horizions Pluto flyby and beyond [link]

What will happen when NASA spacecraft Juno gets close to the biggest, baddest planet 04 July 2016? [link]

Juno enters Jupiter orbit [link]

Driving a spacecraft [link]

Vacation in a Moon village? [link]

Asteroid capture and redirect mission [link]

Space debris 1957-2015 [link]

ESA Space Debris Cleanup Plan [link]



50 Years of Mars Exploration [link]

10 years of Mars photos [link]

3 Years of Mars Exploration by Curiosity Rover [link]

Mars gravity [link]

Mars journey simulation [link]

Research on ISS for Mars journey [link]

Fine motor task research [link]

Autonomous Mars Lander for safe landing [link]

A habitable Mars rover waiting there [link]


Earth satellites

Building the International Space Station [link]

Tour the International Space Station [link]

ISS 2015 highlights [link]

Big data tracking our environment [link]

Hidden meltdown of Greenland ice [link]

Arctic sea ice going [link]

Sea level rising [link]

Land sinking [link]

Tracking weather [link]

Predicting floods [link]

So that lives can be saved [link] [link]


Matter and . . .

Imaging and data visualization examples [link]

Synchrotron light [link]

fMRI mapping ideas or words or something in brains [link]

Microscopic brain imaging [link]

Snow job [link]

Darwin gave us science so trustworthy it can be used to solve engineering problems [link]

Our origins, Richard Leakey [link]

Matthew Cobb on Cracking the Genetic Code [link]

Nick Lane on Why Is Life the Way It Is? [link]

Lane & Cobb Q&A [link]

Behaviors and brains [link]

If we can put men on our Moon, why can't we . . . ? [link]


Engineering changed the world — Whoops!

Examples of how we changed our world with engineering based on trustworthy science [link]

We greatly improved living conditions [link]

Productivity fail [link]

Faraday paved the way [link]

Professional engineers — friends or foes [link]

Faking doubt about trustworthy science [link]


Our best hope is us

Kenneth tricked Alzheimer's [link]

Richard tricked lions [link]

Lily tricked Parkinsons [link]

Community college NASA robotics competitions [link]

Environmental Engineer Tamar Losleben [link]

Biomedical Engineer Michelle Khine [link]

Civil Engineer Ken Maschke [link]

Electrical Engineer Yael Mcguire [link]

Urban hydrofarmers [link]

Changing energy use habits [link]

Growing and sustaining communities with bioenergy [link]

Carefully watching Earth's critical skin [link]

Sustainable water use [link]

Improving wind power conversion [link]

3D printing maybe [link]

Advanced materials [link]

Machine learning — friend or foe [link]

AlphaGo and evolution [link]

A lobster community adapts through shared planning [link]

Sustainable seafood [link]

Young engineers helping with clean water in Kenya [link]

US DOE national labs help small businesses [link]

For example: Queen City Forging Revitalized by Oak Ridge National Lab Partnership [link]


ALL of us [link]

Trustworthy science works best when . . . [link]

Working groups work best when . . . [link]

Paris climate talks [link]

Paris agreement [link]

NSF science lives [link]

Computer scientist Scott Aaronson [link]

Computer scientist Wanda Eugene [link]

Engineer Chris Mattson [link]

Geologist Richard Alley [link]

Archaeologist Curtis Marean [link]

Geneticist David Reich [link]

Marine Biologist Erica Staaterman [link]

Watson Co-creator David Ferrucci [link]

Sociologist Cliff Nass [link]

Diverse points of view and diverse skills sets helped find Richard III [link]

A second version of that story from a different point of view [link]

Sharing fail [link]

Managing science [link]

Quentin D Young (1923-2016) [link]

Choices [link]

I knock at the door [link]