Tag Archives: Near-Earth object


Apocalypse Now-ish: can crowdsourcing save us from 2012?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the earth. For many years, scientists have struggled to identify and track every “near earth object”. Now the European Space Agency (ESA) has appealed to the crowd for help. ESA is piloting a project where amateur astronomers work with automated software to hunt for asteroids. Volunteers in Tenerife have already spotted one asteroid classed as a “potential impact threat”. Luckily it “just” missed the earth by about 30 million km (so no need to call in Bruce Willis quite …

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Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

According to the latest UN figures , there are now over 7 billion people living on planet earth. In response, the world’s media has exploded with dire predictions of famine, war and climate disaster (and some great info-graphics ). Of course, in Finland over-population is hardly a major problem (except for reindeer and right-wing politicians ). But we’re probably as …

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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… teamwork, GPS and mobile phones. But, like crowdsourcing, this game works a lot better when the object of your search leaves itself open to being found. If I really wanted to hide my Lucky Charms, I’m not going to post their coordinates online and leave them under a bush at the local dog park.

So even today with all our crowdsourcing and hi-tech toys, you can disappear just by heading somewhere a little off the map (apparently London and the Indian Ocean are equally good for this) or …

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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

To a crowdsourcing evangelist like me, the idea of a crowdsourced nation sounds like heaven on earth. Just think: a country where the wisdom of crowds trumps the ulterior motives of politicians, and the people rule supreme. But despite my limitless optimism, I can’t help thinking that the people are also responsible for littering, traffic jams and the career of Justin …

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Keep Watching the Iron Skies!

Posted on by Davin Gaffney

Forget about global warming, zombie apocalypses, Mayan prophecies and asteroid impacts. Those things are all absurd. What you should be worried about is an impending invasion by moon Nazis. They’re up there, in their secret moon base waiting to return to Earth and complete their plans for world domination.

That’s according to the plot of Iron Sky , a new crowdsourced …

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