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Crowdsourcing Brainpower

If you want to think outside the box, ask someone outside the box for their thoughts.

In 2007, a team of astrophysicists from Great Britain and the United States asked the public for help. They had gathered a million images of galaxies photographed by a telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico and needed help classifying each one. Each image had to be classified by 20 different people to decrease the likelihood of an incorrect classification, and the scientists simply didn’t have the time or manpower to complete 20 million classifications on their own.

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Scrappy Biohackers Test Night-Vision Eyedrops

“Science isn't a mystical language that only a few elite people can speak.”

Night vision cat by Rodrigo Lorca via Flickr

If you’ve been looking for something interesting to put into your eyeballs, but don’t know where to start, great news! Science for the Masses, a biohacking group out of California, has devised a method to give people temporary night vision by dripping a chlorophyll-related chemical directly onto the eyes. Mic reports that the substance is a “kind of chlorophyll analog called Chlorin e6 (or Ce6), which is found in some deep-sea fish and is used as an occasional method to treat night blindness.”

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This series is brought to you by our partner, Purina ONE®. These stories share the innovations that are changing how we care for and learn from our pets. Read more about how pets—and the people who love them—can brighten lives and strengthen our communities at the GOOD Pets hub.

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