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Crowdfunding and IRBs: The Case of uBiome

Crowdfunding and IRBs: The Case of uBiome

IRBs and the Future of Citizen Science uBiome is a citizen science startup that sequences the microbiome, financed entirely by crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a service where people contribute to a project that doesn’t exist, and in return, receive various perks when the product is created. Skipping ahead a bit in the story, we raised over $350,000, the largest successful single citizen science project in history. In putting together our project, we had to consider new ethical and logistical questions that, to our knowledge, had never been considered before: How do you…

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Canada’s Aerovelo kickstarts and wins $250,000 prize for Human-Powered helicopter

Canada’s Aerovelo kickstarts and wins $250,000 prize for Human-Powered helicopter

After more than 30 years without a winner, the Sikorsky Prize has a champion. Today aeronautical startup Aerovelo confirmed that its human-powered helo, Atlas, has won the competition A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute. Aerovelo, an aeronautical engineering startup founded by Canadians Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, announced this morning that the Federation d’Aviation Intenationale (FAI)—the governing body of international aeronautical prizes—has certified a flight that Reichert piloted on…

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Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Super Awesome Sylvia, along with Windell and Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist, are teaming up to bring a watercolor painting robot to Kickstarter. With two motors driving cables to move the head in the x and y directions, the WaterColorBot uses standard watercolor paint and paper to create 9″ x 12″ works of art. This Kickstarter campaign will fund the initial production run of the bots and hopefully give the project worldwide exposure. The robot is already fully developed and has been shown off at Maker Faire.  It also won a silver…

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Canada’s Aerovelo kickstarts and wins $250,000 prize for Human-Powered helicopter

Canada’s Aerovelo kickstarts and wins $250,000 prize for Human-Powered helicopter

After more than 30 years without a winner, the Sikorsky Prize has a champion. Today aeronautical startup Aerovelo confirmed that its human-powered helo, Atlas, has won the competition A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute. Aerovelo, an aeronautical engineering startup founded by Canadians Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, announced this morning that the Federation d’Aviation Intenationale (FAI)—the governing body of international aeronautical prizes—has certified a flight that Reichert piloted on…

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Portable cloud storage USB device surpasses Kickstarter goal in 12 hours, now at $217,755

Portable cloud storage USB device surpasses Kickstarter goal in 12 hours, now at $217,755

Plug, a device which transforms your USB devices into a personalized Dropbox, has surpassed its Kickstarter goal in 12 hours, raising more than $190,000 at last check.  The $69 device, which is a little bigger than a thumb drive, is a game-changer for data storage, turning any piece of storage space you have into a personal cloud, which can be synced across all devices. Severin Marcombes, CEO & co-founder of Cloud Guys, the startup that launched Plug, is ecstatic about the success on Kickstarter. “We were planning to get maybe $5k or maximum $10k of…

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