Doing Real-World Science, But Skipping The Ph.D.

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Arfon Smith, technical lead, Galaxy Zoo and the Zooniverse, University of Oxford, Oxford, England

Alex Wright, author, "Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages" (Joseph Henry Press, 2007), contributor, The New York Times, New York, New York

Richard Kelly, leader, Snowtweets project, professor, Geography, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

As big science projects generate more and more data, researchers are recruiting citizen scientists to help sift through the information overload. And in the case of new astronomical discoveries, amateur collaborators are even scoring authorship credits on peer-reviewed papers.

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