Citizen Science Technology 

Citizen Science Games Mix Design with Discovery

By Shayna Keyles @shaynakeyles Citizen science is a collaborative scientific process in which scientists and members of the greater public both participate. This happens in many ways: scientists design an experiment for the greater public to complete, for example, or scientists and the public work side by side to accomplish a goal. (For a detailed introduction to citizen science, read our white paper, “Citizen Science: A Tool for Conservation.”) At GotScience Magazine, we’ve looked at a wide range of citizen science projects, from using crowdsourcing to track auroras to using…

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Technology Design to Step up Your Game Science Videos Technology 

Technology Design to Step up Your Game

Accessibility is critical to extend the advantages of technology to as a large number of people as possible. Microsoft estimates that there are over a billion people with disabilities around the world, many of whom like to game. Hence, three years ago, the XBox Accessibility team started working on a new type of controller. They collaborated with occupational therapy groups and nonprofits to build the controller that people with disabilities needed. How does it work? What are its features? Watch this video from the Endgadget series. With smooth, rounded edges and…

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Sexism in gaming; games industry Science and Art Technology 

Another Look at Sexism in the Games Industry

Our partners at ResearchGate have interviewed two scientists about sexism and social dynamics in the gaming industry. These are their findings. Half of the 150 million gamers in the USA are now women. But instead of embracing the changing demographic, the massive growth in the number of women playing games is only making the gaming industry’s sexism and exclusion more apparent. We speak with Rachel Kowert and Johannes Breuer  authors of “Sexist Games=Sexist Gamers?” about the gaming industry, Tomb Raider and the issue of sexism. ResearchGate: What is your opinion of…

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