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Market research firm rewards consumers for attaching product feedback to barcodes
Social media is an incredible tool for businesses to see what consumers are saying about their products, but the comments are often unorganized and difficult to collate. In the past, innovations such as OpenLabel have let consumers attach their opinions and information to product barcodes to alert other shoppers. Now Japan’s Research & Innovation startup is using a similar technology to help businesses tie consumer opinions to their products. READ MORE…
Broswer extension automates academic citations of online material
Plagiarism is a major concern for colleges today, meaning when it comes to writing a thesis or essay, college students can often spend an inordinate amount of time ensuring their bibliographies are up to scratch, to the detriment of the quality of the actual writing. In the past, services such as ReadCube have made it easier to annotate and search online articles, and now Citelighter automatically generates a citation for any web resource, along with a number of tools to help students organize their research. READ MORE…
Home science kits enable anyone to help find new antibiotic treatments
This is part of a new series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
Most people have been prescribed antibiotics at some point in their life, and the drugs currently do a good job of helping to fight infections and even save lives. However, bacteria are evolving to become immune to these medicines, which has given rise to the hospital ‘superbugs’ such as MRSA in recent years. The ILIAD Project is recognizing the need for greater research into this area, and is employing citizens to help out by using pre-packed kits to perform their own trials at home. READ MORE…
Candy Crush-style game players help scientists fight tree disease
Crowdsourcing science research isn’t a new thing — we’ve already seen Cancer Research UK enable anyone to help out by identifying cells through its ClicktoCure site. Now the Sainsbury Laboratory has turned genome research into a game called Fraxinus, which could help find a cure for the Chalara ash dieback disease. READ MORE…
Bricks made from CO2
Carbon sequestration – whereby carbon dioxide is stored underground in order to reduce its presence in the atmosphere and its effect on global warming – has become much more widely known in the last few years as governments scramble for solutions to climate change. Researchers in Australia have now formed Mineral Carbonation, a startup that hopes to put sequestered carbon to use by turning it into materials for building. READ MORE…
Through game, players aid gene research
Cancer Research UK’s ClicktoCure platform has already enabled anyone to help out researchers by analyzing their data. Putting a gamification twist on this concept, GeneGame challenges users to form the best combinations of genes – aiding research in the area in the process. READ MORE…
Site opens up space research to web users
Those without sufficient scientific knowledge to work in astronomy have still been able to explore space with the ArduSat, an open source satellite. Now, Planet Four is crowdsourcing help from web users to find out more about Mars. READ MORE…
Tech innovation crowdfunded through site
There’s already a crowdfunding site for jocks – Canada’s Pursuit, where users can back the careers of future sports stars – so it’s only right that there’s one for geeks too. FundaGeek is a platform enabling those proposing technological innovation and research projects to get the backing they need to make them happen. READ MORE…
Charity harnesses crowds for cancer research
Using the web to pool what we already know about cancer treatments is something that Cancer Commons is currently aiming for, but our latest spotting is now harnessing the crowds to help discover what we don’t know. ClicktoCure is a minisite set up by Cancer Research UK that hopes to get citizens to help it analyze data from its studies of the disease. READ MORE…
Digital research assistant tailors itself to find most relevant content
As the amount of content online grows larger every day, there has been a concerted effort to develop tools to help users organize and sift through the wealth of information. We’ve already seen ReadCube, which allows users to search multiple PDFs and receive article recommendations, and now Squirro aims to provide researchers with a data filtering platform that offers content based on the way the service is used. READ MORE…
Intellectual property research tool relies on the crowds


Big brands such as Nike and Best Buy have already been involved in initiatives such as GreenXchange, a tool to help them share and research environmentally-friendly product design and patents. Harnessing the power of the crowds, CrowdIPR aims to make a similar service available to everyone. READ MORE…
PDF reader lets researchers organize, search and annotate articles


For researchers in scientific and academic worlds, carrying out research can often involve handling many, many articles in PDF format. That can make organizing and accessing articles difficult, which is why Labtiva’s ReadCube was born. Now in beta, the new reader tool for Mac and Windows can perform full-text searches across a library of academic PDF articles, and even offers outside recommendations based on those the user reads. READ MORE…

Food and cosmetic innovations tryvertised via luxury store and gift box

Earlier this year we featured tryvertising store Sample Central which has opened in Japan and Hungary. Now extending retail-based tryvertising to food and cosmetics industries is Darling Delicious in the Netherlands, who provide a platform for companies to test their innovations with consumers before they launch on the market. READ MORE…

Research outsourcing website offers ‘eBay for scientific knowledge’

For scientific researchers preparing to carry out experiments, it can be a constant source of frustration to find that the required equipment is either incredibly expensive to purchase or hire, or that the equipment is not readily available for access. In the US however, Science Exchange hope to make this a problem of the past by facilitating the outsourcing of experiments by researchers to top facilities and institutions. READ MORE…