Phys .org: New research finds that when it comes to crowdsourcing, less is more

Phys .org: New research finds that when it comes to crowdsourcing, less is more. “New research from Cass Business School has found a solution that deals with one of the primary challenges businesses face when they crowdsource innovation. Dr. Oguz A. Acar, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, analysed survey responses from more than 645 users of the global crowdsourcing platform InnoCentive. The results show that those who participate in crowdsourcing challenges because they enjoy it or because there is an offer of reward are the ones who submit the most appropriate solutions.”

New Zealand Herald: How AI and tidy Kiwis are cleaning up our beaches

New Zealand Herald: How AI and tidy Kiwis are cleaning up our beaches. “A new artificial intelligence tool is aiming to tackle the problem of litter spoiling New Zealand’s beaches. The project is a partnership between Hamilton tech firm Enlighten Designs, Microsoft New Zealand, and charity Sustainable Coastlines.”

Route Fifty: Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

Route Fifty: Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels. “King tides are especially high tides that are amplified by astronomical events including the perihelion, when the Sun is closest to Earth in its orbit in early January. In low-lying coastal cities, like Miami Beach, Florida and Norfolk, Virginia, the highest tides of the year can bring flooding and give planners, local officials and the public a good opportunity to measure the incremental impacts of a changing climate. But like all tides, they’re also influenced by local topography. Washington state has more than 3,300 miles of coastline, which includes the various islands and inlets that comprise Puget Sound and its adjacent waterways.”

Phys .org: Citizen science can play role in addressing agricultural challenges

Phys .org: Citizen science can play role in addressing agricultural challenges . “An international team of more than three dozen researchers has published a paper highlighting the potential of citizen science to address pressing research challenges in agriculture and food systems. One key to capitalizing on such efforts, the researchers find, may be to build stronger ties between citizen science and agricultural extension efforts.”

Down to Earth: Citizen science helping to prepare biggest-ever database on Indian wild canids

Down to Earth: Citizen science helping to prepare biggest-ever database on Indian wild canids. “The largest-ever database on wild canids or members of the dog family that are native to India is being formed, with ‘citizen science’ playing a major role in the process. The Wild Canids–India Project has multiple components, each of which is designed to get a comprehensive understanding of the ecological and conservation requirements of wild canids and hyenas in India.”

Atlas Obscura: You Can Now Eavesdrop on Orcas on Your Computer

Atlas Obscura: You Can Now Eavesdrop on Orcas on Your Computer . “An internet app called OrcaSound allows citizen scientists to livestream the ocean sounds of the Pacific Northwest from anywhere in the world, to help gather data about the resident killer whales and their environs. Scott Veirs, the project’s lead researcher, said that hydrophones (underwater microphones) have been in place off Washington’s San Juan Island since the mid-2000s, capturing the submarine goings-on and bringing them to listeners in a rudimentary form. The app relaunched recently, and now offers real-time streaming, as well as sounds from an all-new hydrophone station off Whidbey Island, just to the southeast of the the older ones.”