Citizen Science

Fight Light Pollution

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Your DGB for today is to do your part to reduce light pollution.

You’ve heard of pollution in the air, land, and water, but what the hell is light pollution? Light pollution is an excessive use of artificial light, and it has serious consequences on our environment, wildlife, climate, and health. According to this study, 99% of the United States and Europe experience skyglow at night. Want to see just how bad light pollution is in your area? Check out this interactive map and silently sob about all the stars you are missing out on.

Thankfully there is something you can do. There are multiple steps on this post, but one of the easier ones is keeping your blinds drawn at night to avoid unnatural light from spilling outside. If you live in a neighborhood, you can also make sure your streetlights follow suggestions for outdoor lighting. http://www.darksky.org/lighting/lighting-basics/ And since we are asking you to science the hell out of 2018, if you want to take if one step further, you can become a citizen scientist and measure light pollution.

 

Science the Hell Out of the New Year

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Your DGB for today is to find your new favorite way to geek out on science and become a citizen scientist.

One DGB staffer, who also happens to also be a redhead like the host, has recently become obsessed with the Ologies podcast by Alie Ward. https://www.alieward.com/ologies/ It’s super funny, chock full of random facts, and pretty much everything we could want in a science podcast, and I bet you didn’t even know you were looking for a science podcast. Recently, Alie and a guest discussed being citizen scientists, which DGB has tackled before: https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2016/12/20/become-a-citizen-scientist-with-crowd-sourced-research and we wanted to remind you guys to get involved with the sciences at home because, Lord knows, the White House isn’t passing along the funding for it.

Some cool projects we’re currently loving are as follows:

https://www.galaxyzoo.org - almost no one has seen these images of space you’re about to see and you get to help categorize them. Some people have even had cool and unusual stuff named after them. We’re obsessed.

https://www.bumblebeewatch.org DGB staffers have a slight fixation with bees. You can help track different kinds of bumblebees and let others know when you see rare and endangered species.

https://www.operationwardiary.org/?_ga=2.89638107.1508757513.1515471804-167214861.1515471804 Help annotate diaries from the First World War. You can help preserve world history and perhaps even connect someone to their family story.

Need some more ideas? Check here: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects?page=2&status=live and find a project that interests you and spend the new year enriching your life and the lives of others.