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Notes From Nature allows volunteers to digitally catalog thousands of scientific specimens, like this insect from the Calbug project. Screengrab/NotesFromNature.org hide caption

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Evolved Science: Crowds Can Catalog Bugs Faster

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Cropland Capture's developers hope players will find where crops are grown amid Earth's natural vegetation in satellite images to shine a light on where humanity grows its food. Courtesy of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis hide caption

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Crowdsourcing tools are giving teachers and school district employees more say on big decisions. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Car commercial? Nope. Jessica Richman, Zachary Apte (center) and William Ludington are looking to the crowd for money to fund uBiome, which will sequence the genetic code of microbes that live on and inside humans. Courtesy of uBiome hide caption

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In seeking financial backers for her Ouya game console, Julie Uhrman was looking for about $1 million. The business received far more than that amount. Kickstarter hide caption

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When A Kickstarter Campaign Fails, Does Anyone Get The Money Back?

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