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Earth Challenge 2020
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In recognition of this milestone Earth Day Network, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Department of State are launching Earth Challenge 2020 as the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign.
Wilson Center Congressional Technology Labs
The Wilson Center's Technology Labs provide the knowledge foundation for core science and technology policy topics through a six-week seminar themes series. Open to mid- to senior-level Congressional staff.
From DIY microscopes made from paper and household items, to low cost and open microprocessors supporting research from cognitive neuroscience to oceanography, to low cost sensors measuring air quality in communities around the world, the things of science -- that is, the physical tools that generate data or contribute to scientific processes -- are changing the way that science happens.
The Fiscal Ship Game
Can you captain us out of national debt? Play the Fiscal Ship to learn about the federal budget and fiscal sustainability.
The Plastic Pipeline
The Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Serious Games Initiatives are currently developing an educational digital game, The Plastic Pipeline, which will raise public awareness on the plastic product lifecycle and policies as well as consumer actions to slow plastic leakage into the ocean. Partially funded by the National Geographic Society, this project will address the mounting issue of plastics and target diverse audiences around the globe and extend to related projects on waste management, disposal, and recycling in Asia.
Global Mosquito Alert
The Global Mosquito Alert Consortium is a new citizen science initiative that aims to leverage networks of scientists and volunteers for the global surveillance and control of the mosquito species known to carry the following diseases: Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue, malaria and the West Nile virus. The Global Mosquito Alert will be an open, common set of protocols and toolkit that is augmented with modular components created to meet both global and local research and management needs.
Earth Challenge 2020: Insects
Earth Challenge 2020: The Insects Widget In recognition and celebration of the importance of bees to global biodiversity, today Earth Day Network, the Wilson Center, and the U.S. Department of State released a state-of-the-art mobile application which utilizes citizen science to collect data on bees and other insects around the world. Comprehensive data collection is urgently needed to help fill in the significant gaps in knowledge so experts can figure out how to combat insect decline and protect pollinator species. The data collected through Earth Challenge 2020 will support the research and monitoring of insects worldwide, beginning with a focus on bees. Users can take a photo of any species of bee they see, upload it, and tag the picture by genus and location. Data from the app will be used to train artificial intelligence that can benefit a range of conservation goals. This data will then be aggregated and visualized.Find out more
Fresh From CTRL + Forward, a blog of the Science and Technology Innovation Program
National Video Games Day: It's Not What You're Playing, But Who You're Playing With
It’s National Video Games Day, and this is an opportunity to show the power of games to bring people together: whether that's through playing with friends or as part of a greater community.
Smart Infrastructure for Smart Cars: A Conversation with Dr. Stilgoe on the Hidden Dependencies Shaping Automated Vehicles
Automated vehicles promise a safer, greener, and more accessible future for mobility. But realizing this vision requires policy to address the complex network of physical and digital infrastructure enabling the roll out of automated vehicles.
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