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The Sciences

SciStarter's Top Fourteen Citizen Science Projects of 2014!

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As we ring in the New Year, we're celebrating the 14 Top Projects of 2014! These are the projects that received the most visits on the SciStarter website.

Resolve to do more citizen science in 2015!

We'll help you with that goal. Happy New Year!

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Photo: Mike Hankey

1. American Meteor Society - Meteor Observing

Report meteors and meteor showers online or with an easy smartphone app and help scientists determine their astronomical origins. Get started!

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Photo: NASA

2. Perfect Pitch Test

If you have perfect pitch, this project needs you! Just take a brief survey and a quick pitch-naming test to help determine if perfect pitch differs for different timbres. Get started!

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Photo: NOAA

3. Digital Fishers

Only have a minute to spare? Use it to analyze short video clips of amazing deep sea life. Get started!

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Photo: EyeWire

4. EyeWire

With EyeWire, you can play a captivating image-mapping game that helps maps the retina's neural connections. Get started!

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Photo: LLNL

5. American Gut

Our guts contain trillions of microbes. Sample and identify the organisms in your gut with this cool project. Get started!

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Photo: Dennis Ward, Project BudBurst

6. Project BudBurst

Do you enjoy following the trees and plants in your yard as they leaf out, flower, and produce fruit? Record your observations and submit them to BudBurst. Get started!

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Photo: NASA

7. Loss of the Night

Stargazers take note- Identify and report all the stars you see at night in order to measure light pollution. Get started!

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Photo: NASA

8. SatCam

Use your smartphone to record sky and ground conditions near you, and SatCam will send you satellite images for the same area. Get started!

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Photo: NPS

9. Bat Detective Like bats but don't want to get up too close and personal? With Bat Detective, you can identify bat calls online and help create tools for call identification.Get started!

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Photo: Victor Loewen

10. Celebrate Urban Birds

Observe the birds outside your window and report the presence of 16 common species. How many will yousee? Get started!

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Photo: DDQ

11. Dark Sky Meter 

Use your phone to measure the brightness of the night sky and contribute to a live map of global light pollution. Get started!

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12. World Water Monitoring Challenge

Curious about your local water quality? This project provides a simple kit for you to test water temperature, pH, and more. Get started!

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13. Ignore That!

Help scientists study the human mind by playing a 5-minute game that determines how distractable you really are. Get started!

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Photo: NASA

14. GLOBE at Night

This is a great project for children and adults who enjoy looking up at the night sky and want to track light pollution. Get started!

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