Tagged With crowdsourcing


For years, space poop has been handled by NASA the old-fashioned way -- nappies. But as the agency gears up to send humans into deep space, it needs a new method that can handle an emergency situation in which an astronaut may have to go longer periods in a poop-filled suit. Today, the ingenious winners were announced.


Back in May, the US Air Force announced that they had received over 4,600 entries in their crowdsourced naming contest for the new B-21 bomber. The announcement even said that they'd narrowed it down to 15 finalists. So, naturally, I did what any weirdo blogger does: I filed a Freedom of Information Act request to see the list. Today I got a letter from the US Air Force officially denying my request.


When New Zealand first raised its current flag, its design deferred to its United Kingdom rulers and bore a striking resemblance to another British colony next door. 100 years later, New Zealand is a diverse, sovereign nation which would also very much like to visually differentiate itself from the Aussies. So New Zealand is looking to its citizens for ideas.


Hey, we've all got ideas to save California from its cataclysmic drought. Stop fracking! Stop showering! Stop eating! But none of us is William Shatner: Enterprise captain, Priceline spokesperson, Twitter watchdog, and probably, definitely, most certainly not a water expert. This is not preventing him from proposing a $US30 billion solution, including a crowdsourcing website to find the best way to do it.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has launched a new website and companion mobile app that allows people who are witnesses to large emergencies can submit photo or video evidence they might have recorded. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea -- but like all mass information collection, the idea has a dark side.


Believe it or not, we don't know how deep large parts of the ocean off the British coast really are, and this is obviously not a good thing for the many sailors who cruise around those waters. A new project funded by the European Community is using technology to solve this problem -- technology and lots of boats.


We're all busy and getting busier, which doesn't fit well with a list of unread email that refuses to stop growing. Now, a team of researchers has developed a crowd-sourced email valet system -- but would you share your inbox to streamline your life?


Swype, the sliding keyboard that dramatically speeds up typing on Android, just got a little more clever. As well as offering a more fluid typing experience, it now crowd-sources your autocorrections -- which should (hopefully) make for fewer embarrassing mistakes.


Back in 2009, Vimeo developer Casey Pugh requested the internet's limitless denizens come up with 15-second recreations of scenes from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The internet responded, heartily and, in 2010, Pugh secured an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media for his efforts. Since then, the scenes have existed in isolation, snippets of a potentially greater whole. That was until now.


Shutterbugs with eclipse photography experience should mark November 13, 2010, and August 21, 2017, on their calendars. Those are the dates for two solar eclipses and astronomers want to harness the power of the internet to record these events.