Tagged: crowdsourcing

Menstrual cups: let’s investigate! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 29, 2018

After finding that there really have been bugger all studies done on menstrual cups and toxic shock, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles ponders whether crowdfunding and open science might be the solution. Last week a new lab-based study came out about menstrual cups and toxic shock syndrome, the very rare but potentially deadly result of infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Read More

Brain Games - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 14, 2013

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London has just released an app (available free for both Apple and Android devices) to collect information on brain functions. It is crowdsourcing in the form of a game – The Great Brain Experiment. The researchers behind it are interested in four questions: “How good is your memory?”,“How impulsive … Read More

Game on? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 23, 2011

Thankfully (or sorry) this isn’t about rugby or world cups. It is about what if real world problems become games. Ariadne’s snapshot on gaming in the real world: Drivers: smarter computing and open innovation Trend: using on-line games to solve problems and generate ideas Challenges: making the games relevant and engaging, sifting the ideas Opportunities: solving difficult problems, gathering fresh … Read More

An outbreak of crowdsourcing - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 09, 2011

Those familiar with my ‘infectious thoughts’ will know that I’m following the deadly European E. coli outbreak with great interest. Earlier this week, it was announced that the genome of the culprit strain had been sequenced by BGI (formally the Beijing Genomics Institute) in collaboration with the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf. A really interesting development has been release of … Read More