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1/6 #SeaTurtleTalks🐢Have you seen #seaturtles in the water? @iseaturtle is a #CitizenScience app that allows you to participate in #seaturtle research/conservation! Follow this🧵to learn more about this initiative with @icer182 @SeaTurtles_org @calhoun_marine & @PamelaPlotkin! A sea turtle swimming on th...
2/6 Since the 1990s, the number of sea turtles in Texas (🇺🇸) waters has increased significantly, but many aspects of their spatial distribution and ecology in the bays remain poorly understood🤔🐢🗺 This is a cartoon. The firs...
3/6 As🐢numbers increased all across #Texas bays, so did the interest of the local community in sea turtles and their conservation. In 2020, we launched @iseaturtle as a platform to encourage and involve citizens to contribute to #seaturtle science this is a screenshot of the...
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Interesting experiment in #citizenscience ethics this morning! Along with millions of others, I’ve been logging health with @timspector’s @join_zoe app since the start of the pandemic. They’ve produced accurate data on symptoms and case rates throughout 1/n.
My reward as a participant has been access to that data, which has been interesting and useful. Now the app wants permission to ask me questions associated with other diseases and conditions, investigating their link to nutrition. 2/n
But it also wants permission to use the data collected for commercial purposes (@join_zoe is a personalised nutrition effort). I found myself declining - I wouldn’t mind being asked to give specific permission for specific use of specific data, but not a blanket ‘yes’. 3/n
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But this is only part of the #bilby story. How did #bilbies behave once they were released into the Taronga #sanctuary, and did this affect overall success? To find out, we attached GPS devices & radio-transmitters to bilbies to track their movements post-release. #ScienceWeek
GPS devices collected incredibly detailed data on nightly #bilby movements, and radio-transmitters allowed us to locate #bilbies underground during the day. This track shows how bilby “Charlie” used the sanctuary just after release
Tracking data revealed hidden #bilby behaviours, such as their little-known social lives! It turns out that #bilbies have quite complex #socialnetworks and that bilby sociality may help explain some of the story behind their post-release success.
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As a world-leader in #WildlifeManagement, Taronga continuously improves how we monitor #AnimalHealth & #AnimalWelfare in our zoos & our #conservation programs. This includes tackling the challenges of remotely monitoring, when we can’t have eyes & ears on the ground. #ScienceWeek Image
Observing #AnimalBehaviour & doing #AnimalHealth checks is only part of the picture. New #tech4wildlife help us identify potential welfare issues in real-time, especially for animals in remote locations, or large groups, or those where immediate up-close assessment isn't possible
Taronga scientists collect and analyse data on wild and zoo-based animals using field-based observation, video footage, #drones, and #CitizenScience. From these data we gain unique insights into both fine-scale movements of individuals, and broad behavioural states of the animals
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#CitizenScience allows Taronga & collaborators to collate valuable ecological data over scales that would be difficult to achieve through traditional methods. Another plus? It also means that you can get directly involved in Taronga #Science! #ScienceWeek Image
The #brushturkey project is a great example of this… Taronga's Dr John Martin & Dr Alicia Burns & their collaborators were finalists in the 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovation in #CitizenScience. Go team! #ScienceWeek Image
While accolades are nice, significant ecological insights are the main outcome. These apps are a gift that keeps on giving, and recently Taronga joined forces with partners to combining them into an all new @BigCityBirds app. Image
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Day 4 of #ScienceWeek, and we’re following in the wingbeats of Dr John Martin (@Wingtags) from Taronga’s #ConservationScience team. Taronga’s terrestrial ecologist focuses on #UrbanEcology #CitizenScience. Image
From #binchickens to dumpster-diving #cockatoos, Taronga's #UrbanEcology work is rich and varied. Take a peak at some of these collaborative #CitizenScience projects and their outcomes in today’s #ScienceWeek threads. Image
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Right now, across eastern #Australia, #frogs are croaking it in large numbers – and again it’s the ARWH that are hopping up to the agar plate to find out what’s going on... #WildlifeHealth #ScienceWeek… @jodirowley @KarrieARose @FrogIDAus #FrogID @austmus
There's a reason the humble #frog is ARWH's unofficial mascot. #Amphibians are valuable #IndicatorSpecies – being highly susceptible to environmental toxins & many pathogens (parasitic, bacterial, viral & fungal) - & right now they're indicating that something is seriously wrong
We are currently in an unusual #MassMortality event for #frogs, and Taronga's AWRH is right at the forefront of figuring out what is going on.
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The recent outbreaks of #Zika Virus in #Kerala has renewed interest in this virus. This tweetorial explains some key aspects about the virus and why we should be actively using #genomics for #GeneticEpidemiology Image
The disease in most people is mild. Majority of people infected with Zika virus DO NOT develop symptoms. Symptoms are generally mild including fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache, and usually last for 2–7 days.
Source: @CDCgov Image
Death is RARE
Infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly & congential malformations.
Neurological complications like Guillain-Barré syndrome, neuropathy and myelitis are seen in some.
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It's #WorldEnvironmentDay2021. The time for tokenistic days & further platitudes is well & truly over.
Bad news: We are living in an environmental & extinction crisis.
Good news: We *can* fix it, but it requires accountability from governments right down to individuals. Thread.
So why are we in this terrible mess,…, and most importantly, what can we do about it? Well, @DonADriscoll has put together a very handy explainer
What choices and changes can I make as an individual that will help to better care for nature? Well, @M_Selinske et al. have great suggestions here:… This work is focussed on the Australian state of Victoria, but it has very broad relevance and application.
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Was ist #DigitalHerrnhut? Das wird jetzt etwas umfassender, denn in der Tat stelle ich schon einige Jahre Fragen, immer in verschiedener Intensität, an diese kulturell äußerst bedeutungsvolle Gemeinschaft der #HerrnhuterBürdergemeine. 1/
Die Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine ist eine Glaubensgemeinschaft, die sich am Anfang des 18. Jh. aus verschiedenen Wurzeln heraus in Ostsachen institutionalisiert. Sie stellt Prinzipien des Zusammenlebens zentral, die zu dieser Zeit als sozialrevolutionär gelten dürfen. 2/ Herrnhut. vom Hutberg aus gesehen
Das sind in loser Folge: Vor Gott sind alle Menschen gleich. Nach der "Tropenidee" ist es dabei zunächst erst einmal nicht vorrangig, welche:r Gott das sei (im Mittelpunkt der Gemeinschaft steht aber Jesus Christus, wir reden von einer protestanischen Gemeinschaft). 3/
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I'm excited to share that our work on SARS-CoV-2 is now published in @NatureChemistry! I'm humbled to have led this effort and provide a brief summary below:…
Millions of @foldingathome users pooled their resources to create the first #Exascale computer and generated the world's largest MD dataset, simulating nearly the entire SARS-CoV-2 proteome.
We were the first group to discover that the Spike protein has incredible conformational heterogeneity and can adopt an 'open' state that reveals many cryptic epitopes. Many nAbs have since been found to target these cryptic epitopes!
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An der @tudresden_de studieren über 30.000 Studierende – ein großer Teil davon in den Geistes-und Sozialwissenschaften. Das ist einer von insgesamt fünf Bereichen, denen die Fakultäten zugeordnet sind. 1/
Zum @GSW_TUDresden gehören die Philosophische Fakultät (PhF), die Fakultät Sprach-, Literatur- Kulturwissenschaften (SLK) und die Erziehungswissenschaftliche Fakultät (EW). 2/
An der SLK kann man auf BA, in den Masterstudiengängen "Literatur und Kultur im gesellschaftlichen Wandel" (LiKWa) und "Europäische Sprachen" (EuroS) und auf Lehramt in den Fächern Deutsch, Englisch, Italienisch, Französisch, Russisch und Latein studieren. 3/
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1/ Big Update Thread for OwnYourLabs

If you didn't already know, @siobhan_huggins and I launched last year as a means of ordering private blood work directly. (Feel free to visit the site and for our short intro video)

We have some cool news to share...
2/ In the last few months we've been growing... *a lot*

When we started this originally, it was to help others not only get the labs, but to help encourage them to contribute their anonymized data to help #CitizenScience by given a special discount for opting in (at checkout)...
3/ A few months ago we overhauled the site to include all the features we've been wanting all along (advanced searching/sorting, single page lists, multi-add, bundles, etc)

But even better, checkout is now more streamlined for the anonymous data submission (for those opting in).
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Do masks increase humidity? Yes. And temperature - surprising at first, but makes sense.

Why is this important? The humidity results in coalescence of droplets, making them bigger - and easier to capture by the mask.

Here's a simple N95 that I bought at Lowe's a year ago. Image
SensorPush that fits in the mask. I put it with humidity sensor away from my mouth, towards mask. Image
Starting temp and RH with no mask. Image
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Heute startet die Tagung "Akademische Geschichtsschreibung und Public History", die eigentlich an der @unibielefeld stattgefunden hätte, nun aber digital. Jürgen Büschenfeld begrüßt die fast 70 Tagungsteilnehmer_innen und stellt den #SFB Praktiken des Vergleichens vor.
Die @AGPublicHistory ist natürlich prominent vertreten. @logge_hh stellt sie nun vor.
Und nun stellt @logge_hh das Projekt @coronarchiv vor. #publichistory
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[Tweet by @BatsForLife]
Happy New Year's Eve! To end 2020 & prep us for the New Year, I'm excited to talk today about one of my favorite bat topics:

How YOU can help #bats! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🦇🦇🦇🦇

#BatTwitter #BatConservation
[Tweet by @BatsForLife]
Why do we need to help #bats? ~1/3 of bat species worldwide are endangered, vulnerable, or "data deficient" (i.e. more conservation attention is needed for the species). That's a lot of species that need our help!…
[Tweet by @BatsForLife]
In North America, one of the most devastating threats to bats is White-nose Syndrome, caused by a fungus in hibernation caves that kills up to 99% of a colony. Only 10% of the once-abundant Little brown bat remains 😰

📸: Michael Schirmacher/@BatConIntl Little brown bats showing infection by the White-nose fungus
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IMPORTANT REMINDER! If you ever see a sick or dead #salamander please snap a photo & add it to my disease surveillance page on @inaturalist at… A novel #chytrid fungus is attacking #salamanders & you can help! #CitizenScience #CommunityScience #salamanders
Just realized I hashtagged salamanders 50 times in the post above. Sorry! Chytrid fungus gets me all fired up!
And just to be clear, the photos you upload do NOT necessarily mean that the animals had #chytrid fungus. Lots of things cause amphibians to die. But we have *so* little info about what a "normal" amount of dead #salamanders looks like. Your records have sparked field responses!
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Eek! We've been so busy studying the two biggest estuaries in the US, we almost forgot about #EstuariesWeek
As part of the #FoulingProject we are collecting samples from marinas around both #ChesBay and #SFBay scientist sitting on a dock...scientist sitting on a dock...
We then take them back to the labs at @SmithsonianEnv and #SERCWest @EOS_Center and process the panels with a coarse identification of the invertebrates that settle on them and take vouchers and samples for DNA analysis.
#FoulingProject #ChesBay #SFBay scientists in the lab sitti...buckets containing bay wate...scientist at microscope loo...
Depending on location in the bay, the panels can look very different and contain different assemblages of organisms. #InvertebratesRule #FoulingProject #EstuariesWeek #ChesBay fouling panel with barnacle...fouling panel with encrusti...
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This is my first time teaching our new #online topics in #biology course for #masters students. Our focal theme this semester: #UrbanEcology & #urban #evolution.

We are on our 4th seminar & paper discussion (fascilitated by @perusall !) and some of the side-convos coming up are excellent! Like...

🏙️#CitizenScience: how to standardize, do it ethically, and communicate with the public?
(Prompted by…)

🏙️#Sex biases in the individuals studied in the lab & field. Why is it more often males of a species? What data are we missing because of that bias? 🤔
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.@EUCitSciProject acaba de actualizar su plataforma con nuevas funcionalidades para facilitaros el conocimiento a la #cienciaciudadana. Algunas de ellas son ⬇️🧵 Image
1⃣Fomentan la colaboración entre profesionales y entusiastas de #cienciaciudadana con un nuevo #foro en el que se podrán debatir cualquier tema relacionado con #cienciaciudadana #citizenscience
2⃣Podréis crear un perfil de vuestra organización para poder vincularlo a vuestros proyectos. Nosotros ya lo hemos creado 😬: #citizenscience ¡Animaros y cread el vuestro también!
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Adapting streets to a "six-foot-city" is certainly a question of geometry & space, but also how to govern that space, how to develop capacity to deliver #humanscale networks.
3 principles explored in our latest commentary
Photo: @dutch_ish Image
Principle 1 for #humanscale streets: leverage #accessibility to meaningful destinations. Entire street networks that offer a range of mobility options need to be realized. Image
Principle 2 for #humanscale streets: Empower #local policy networks to nurture public and political support for improved accessibility at the human scale. #citizenscience #datadriven #CommunityEngagement
Photo: @eucyclewalk Image
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WHY I’M VOTING FOR #SHIVA4SENATE on SEPT 1, 2020 (or during early voting @ Aug 22-28)

1. Dr. SHIVA is the BEST qualified candidate to represent #Massachusetts in the #USSenate (4 degrees from MIT, including PhD in biological engineering; Fulbright Scholar; started 7 companies; Image
working scientist, inventor & entrepreneur).

2. Dr. SHIVA is a quintessential example of the American Dream. Modest immigrant family, no trust funds, no family connections in high places, just honest, merit-based hard work & ingenuity.

3. Dr. SHIVA has been educating people Image
about economy, politics, history, environment, science, medicine, incl. immune health, & other topics, doing incredible #publicservice distilling complex topics to empower us to take care of ourselves & think critically. He's been earning people’s trust & support through Image
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Proposal for a #CitizenScience project:

• Take a mobile CO2 meter with you in various locations
• Post your measurements on Twitter
• Add the hashtag #covidco2
It would be interesting to reach people who, for example, work in a meat processing company (or other typical SSE locations) to participate. Then we finally could find out whether those cooled rooms (or those fitness centers, or classrooms,...) contain too much exhaled air.
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Please help us welcome our 2020 #intern class! Some of the class is virtual, focusing on coding and data analysis, while a few of our interns will be able to do limited socially distant #fieldwork.
First up is Rémy Barbiéro! Rémy is a rising senior at @Occidental, and will be working on the #ZombieCrabs Project. Rémy will help create a #CitizenScience project on @the_zooniverse to count parasitized crabs from Chesapeake Bay. Welcome! Intern Rémy Barbiéro in the...
Time to meet another of our amazing summer #interns

Welcome Tyler Kempton! Tyler is a local high school student who is working on using #R to prepare an analyze data from our #InvaderID project. He works with the @SmithsonianEnv Citizen Science department. Tyler stands on a rock by t...
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