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Urban Bees and Antimatter, Socientize's new experiments

Urban Bees is a project proposed by Josep Perelló, from Citizen Science Community inside Barcelona Lab project.
Bee colonies are now threatened in all industrialized nations, including many European countries.
Given that the survival of bees is crucial for human sustainability, there is a great urgency to improve by all means the ways in which colonies could thrive. This project proposes to do that by building intelligent beehives in three different European cities (Barcelona, Bourdeaux, and Helsinki) in order to increase public exposure to this issue and with intense collaboration with urban beekeepers, artists and obviously citizens.
These hives are enhanced with sensors, processing power and telecommunication facilities in order to monitor the health of the colony without interference and thus allow better care. Bees are recognized as important biomarkers very sensitive to pollution, chemical products and electromagnetic fields.
The proposal aims to construct (discussing, designing and representing the data outcome) a sensor box with a cross-disciplinary community (beekeepers, artists, scientists) open to citizens (in general), urban beekeepers, artists, cultural managers, biologists, data scientists, physicists, engineers.
Citizens in the neighborhood will also be the first knowledge users. It is aimed to provide an alternative view of their own neighborhood landscape wide open to different narratives from the data obtained. This can be eventually possible with a blog and in future with a mobile App.
Experiment runs over free software available at GitHub. The software used will those compatible with Arduino components (sound, weight, temperature and eventually bee-counter) and data representation will use open software coming from Data Science.

Aegis experiment is a project proposed by Michael Doser, senior researcher at CERN, Geneva.
The Aegis experiment at CERN aims to measure the gravitational interaction between matter and antimatter. To do this, antihydrogen atoms are short horizontally over 1 m, and drop slghtly due to gravity. At the end of their trajectory, their impact point is determined by recording the fragments produced when they annihilate with matter in photographic emulsions. The project asks the public to help ?nd these points by scanning through the emulsion.
This is the first citizen science project in high energy physics. It involves the public in cutting edge research on antimatter, asks them to find unexpected phenomena and shows them the beauty of research, without missing that the photographic emulsion pictures are actual works of art.
Citizens will both carry out pattern recognition and discover unexpected/rare patterns that will help us re?ne the models of antimatter annihilation.
Aegis project runs over mature citizen science software like Python, HTML5, Javascript and Pybossa.

Stay tuned for more information!


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