PhySense – unique fusion of living and digital technology
Rather than focusing on traditional laboratory based experimentation the PhySense project enables the general public (Citizen Scientists) to conduct biological experiments and share their experimental results. Watch the talk below by Neil Phillips, Senior Research Fellow.
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History has shown (whatever the field of science) discoveries can be made by amateur as well as professional scientists. Now is an especially productive and exciting time for Citizen Scientists. Not only are new discoveries appearing all the time, but the internet, powerful computers, and access to research tools professionals of just a few decades ago could only dream of.
DIYbio.org’s discussion forum has over 3,500 members, sharing tips for experiments and equipment. The Slime Mould Collective is a portal for Citizen Scientists interested in research working with slime. Globally, there over 40 formal DIY biology groups.
The PhySense website (no longer available) provided example experiments which people could try. For example, which cereal does slime most enjoy for breakfast and how nature solves a maze.