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Crowdfunding Cutting Edge Science

Because you’re totally into the mating habits of giant sea bass, the flight patterns of American crows, robot submarines and prion disease transmission, right? Of course you are. Who wouldn’t be. But the problem is, how can you make sure that the vital and necessary research into the neural mechanisms of behavioral variation in Temnothorax ants gets done before they… I don’t know. Grow huge and attack Manhattan or something.

Well do I have a solution for you. Experiment.com is a crowdfunding site that allows you to back specific research projects with your own cash. So if, for example, you think chemically sterilizing mosquitoes is more important than tracking Magellanic penguins, you can now vote with your wallet.

The crazy thing is how little most of these projects are asking for. The crew investigating pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed? They need $1,175. The guy looking at microbes in the Greenland ice sheet wants just $3,000 to get him to Greenland so he can spend a month on the ice (though he’d really like another $5,000 for an infra-red gas analyzer).

So if you happen to have, like, thirty bucks just burning a hole in your pocket, maybe throw a little in the direction of science, huh? Because, seriously? Someone has to go to Greenland to look out for the microbes. Just be glad it’s not you.

Fund Science You Believe In [Experiment.com]