Crowdsource the Cure for Cancer: One slide at a time.

For their latest and possibly most ambitious crowd-sourcing project Cellslider, Zooniverse has partnered with Cancer Research UK to analyze archival cancer research data.

While computers have gotten better at image analysis, the majority of this type af analysis is still being done by real people and is quite time intensive.  By harnessing the collective power of hundreds of thousands of people, Zooniverse hopes to speed up this process to discover new methods of treatment and detection.

So, next time you reach for your phone to play angry birds think about spending that time curing cancer instead.

How to make quantum dots

Charlie Dvorchak(apologies if misspelt name) of John Hopkins University walks us through how to make Cadmium Selenide semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as a type of Quantum Dot.

Caution: Cadmium Selenide is dangerous to human health, so be sure to take proper precautions if you choose to work with it.

P.s. Just one cool possible use of quantum dots is a BioLaser.