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Get Involved! Citizen science (CS) also known as crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring or networked science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists.
Citizen Science Coordinator Caitlin Kenney at Golden Lakes | by Mount Rainier NPS
Climate Change is a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.
Genetics is the study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity — how the characteristics of living things are transmitted from one generation to the next. Evolution is the change in the heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to tremendous biodiversity of species, individual organisms, and molecules.
Genetic Engineering (GE), also called Genetic Modification (GM), is the direct manipulation of an organism's genome using biotechnology. It is a set of technologies used to change the genetic makeup of cells, including the transfer of genes within and across species boundaries to produce improved or novel organisms. GE is widely used in scientific research, and is used to produce medications as well as genetically modified crops used in agriculture.
Health is the level of functional and metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans it is the ability of individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental, psychological and social changes. A disease is a particular abnormal condition, a disorder of a structure or function, that affects part or all of an organism. The study of disease is called pathology which includes the study of cause.
Physics is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion and behavior through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. One of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, the main goal of physics is to understand how the universe behaves.
A simulated event in the CMS detector of the Large Hadron Collider, featuring a possible appearance of the Higgs boson. Photograph produced by CERN
Radiofrequency (RF) is any of the electromagnetic wave frequencies that lie in the range extending from around 3 kHz to 300 GHz, which include those frequencies used for communications or radar signals. RF usually refers to electrical rather than mechanical oscillations. However, mechanical RF systems do exist (ie mechanical filter and RF MEMS).
A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters.
Some good science resources for kids.
Some recommended reading. Look for these books in your local library, pick up a copy from a local bookstore or online.
Some recommended podcasts. Great for your commute, workout, or in general. All of these podcasts are available for free on iTunes, or any other podcast app. Note: downloading and streaming uses a lot of data, best to download them on WiFi for off-line listening later. Happy histening and learning!
General resources of interest.