Why Back Science

The importance of scientific research

Did you know that physicists can now harvest energy from the jaw movements of chewing or talking? Technology is constantly evolving and has revolutionised the way we live. So what could happen if we can make science move faster?

With more scientists able to work full-time on their experiments all sorts of progress could happen. We plan to support their work by bridging the funding gap. On the Crowd.Science wish list for science are carbon-neutral vehicles, a greater understanding of the wildlife with which we share the planet and cures to rare diseases that continue to baffle researchers and bring tragedy to peoples lives. We hope that by pooling the resources of scientists and the public, we can solve a vast range of major global problems.

Some Challenges of the Modern Scientist

The current funding model makes it challenging for young scientists to take the lead on their research. We want to change this. Crowd.Science wants to give scientists their first chance to lead their own research project and the opportunity to shine and develop. To do this, they need to build a community of funders who support what they do. We plan to help them achieve this.

When you browse projects, please think about it from the scientists perspective. The funds raised may partly contribute to scientist’s salaries so they are given the space and environment to do what they do best. Some of Britain’s best brains are leaving academia and we want to make it possible for them to stay. It’s not just about their personal development, it is about our development as a society. With more people doing research, more ground breaking scientific discoveries should theoretically happy.

Sir Isaac Newton discovered calculus at the age of 24. Alfred Wallace, who independently conceived the theory of evolution in his late 30s, had been working on his own independent research since his early 20s. It is important to nurture young scientists and give their ideas space to grow and develop. They may make some mistakes and even experience some failed experiments along the way, but that’s part of the process of delving into the unknown. Think Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting: the professors want him to follow their own dreams but he wants to use his genius to do something positive and meaningful.

Science is like a jigsaw puzzle

Funding bodies put pressure on scientists to demonstrate why their research is important. Sometimes this might be a really tough sell. After all, why do we need to know why sloths poo on the ground or to study the mathematical laws of origami? It is sometimes hard to quantify the potential economic or societal value of growing our knowledge in a specific area but doing so might lead to future breakthroughs.

The mathematic modelling of origami has been applied to flat packing solar panels for space satellites. Applied mathematic models are also useful for crowd control, traffic control and all sorts of daily conundrums. The point being that every experiment is a piece of a puzzle that could inform a future discovery or help make something previously inconceivable happen.

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Hello, I’m a sloth. I poo on the ground. This uses up a lot of my energy and is quite dangerous for me as there are predators on the ground who could eat me. It would be much safer if I just poo when I am in the canopy which is where I spend most of my time. The reason I take this risky journey is to look after the moths who live in my fur. They like to lay their eggs in my poo. The moth larvae then feed off my poo and grow into more moths. This means there are more moths who can live in my fur. I like them because they make this awesome algae stuff which I sometimes eat to supplement my diet. I also think it may shield me from predators but I’m not sure yet…some human scientists are trying to figure this out if they can get funding…                   (Image taken by Sergio Delgado)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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