This GIF Shows How Tricky it is Finding the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

The Pacific Ocean is very, very big. Airplanes are big, too—but, compared to the Pacific Ocean, they are almost comically small. So, as rescuers finish up a week of searching unsuccessfully for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, it's worth taking a second to marvel at what an impossible a task it is to find one little plane in that very big ocean. Read More >>

Now You Can Help Search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

The Boeing 777 that seemed to disappear into thin air last weekend has still not been found after five days of search and rescue. Now a crowdsourcing company has started a campaign where anyone can pore over satellite images to find traces of Flight 370 or its 239 passengers. Read More >>

The UK is Crowdsourcing its Next Map of the Ocean Floor

It isn't known how deep large parts of the ocean off the British coast really are, and this is clearly not ideal for the many sailors that navigate those waters. A new project funded by the European Community is using technology to solve this problem—technology and lots of boats. Read More >>

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RoboCop Fans Crowdsource an Insane Remake of the Entire 1987 Movie

There's a big-budget Hollywood reboot of 1987's classic action flick RoboCop opening in cinemas this weekend. And while I'm not wholly convinced it can live up to the original, this mad-cap fan-filmed remake totally can. Read More >>

There Could Be a Working, Crowd-Sourced Hyperloop Demo by 2015

By now we've all heard about genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea. Commuters climb into a giant tube and are fired at five times the speed of light (OK, no, but super, super fast) towards their destination. And soon, there could be a prototype. Read More >>

This is DARPA's Swimming Tank, a Crowdsourced Project Not Funded by Kickstarter

DARPA, as you may know, is a cool US government research lab. They design cool shit like planes that can fly without one wing. But sometimes, apparently, the hive mind knows best -- like this 'crowdsourced' swimming tank, which has just won the designers a cool £700,000, and endless bragging rights. Read More >>

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Crowdsourced Transcription Project Discovers (Bad) Cookery Recipes By 18th Century Philosopher

Take a walk through University College London, and you may stumble across a wooden display cabinet containing a human skeleton with a wax head wearing period dress. These are the remains of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Enlightenment philosopher and spiritual founder of UCL. And thanks to an online crowdsourcing initiative called Transcribe Bentham, his work has taken on a new lease of life. Read More >>

Kickstarter Will Be Kickstarting In the UK This Autumn

US crowd-funding super-site Kickstarter is set to join our sometimes-sunny shores and open up to British-based innovators and entrepreneurs this autumn. Read More >>

Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for Years

Folding: it's detestable and boring, as any Gap employee can tell you. But it's also a totally fun thing you can do in a video game! And today it's particularly exciting because players of the online game Foldit have redesigned a protein, and their work is published in the science journal Nature Biotechnology. Read More >>

Please Help Make These Awesome Lego Fantasies Come True

Want to make this Lego DeLorean BTTF set a reality? Lego is finally crowdsourcing designs with its new Cuusoo platform; it's basically a Lego Kickstarter. Here are our favorite Lego dreams—let's help bring 'em to life. Read More >>


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