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Researchers discovered that when building citizen science participation, not all social networks are equally effective. Google Hangout outperformed Twitter, Facebook and CosmoQuest in engaging a larger audience for Zooniverse, a framework for a diverse set of citizen science tasks. Read more… 

Caption: The Cartwheel galaxy provides a rainbow of mult-wavelength observations. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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A team of researchers from Stanford University and Cornell University has designed a new method for analyzing and tracking how news and information spread across the Internet. The technique, which was tested on 170 million articles and blog posts and half a billion Twitter entries, predicts how popular a piece of information will become. Here, blue dots represent blogs, while red dots represent mainstream media sites. (Credit: Jure Leskovec, Stanford University and Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University) Read more…