Can the Crowd Help Improve Prostate Cancer Outcomes?

Prostate CancerProstate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men in several countries according to the World Cancer Research Fund International.  And in recent years, incidence rates have increased dramatically.

To better predict survival, disease progression and treatment toxicity a new crowd-based project has been launched – The Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge.

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Help Hollywood Create a Hit TV Show about a Female Engineer

macgyver_website_feb_edits-08Hot on the heels of the Academy Awards, Hollywood is on the hunt for some new talent, and this is where you can come in.

Award-winning writer, producer and director Lee Zlotoff and the National Academy of Engineering in the US have launched a global crowdsourcing competition seeking ideas for a TV series with a female engineer as the lead character. (more…)

New Alan Turing Institute to Open

Alan_Turing_photoAlan Turing, one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century is rightly being lauded again for his achievements thanks to interest in his work generated by the biopic The Imitation Game.

His legacy will live on in the soon to be opened Alan Turing Institute in the UK.  Its headquarters will be based at the British Library in London and five universities will lead its work in maximizing the benefits of big data. (more…)

Crowdsourcing Experiment to Solve the Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dickens_Gurney_headCould crowdsourcing solve one of the world’s biggest literary mysteries?  Many Charles Dickens fans are certainly pinning their hopes on the crowd to discover what actually happened to Edwin Drood.

When the author of such classics as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol died, he was midway through The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  With the novel laying unfished, its ending was therefore unknown. But now an innovative website going by the name of the Drood Inquiry hopes to determine the location and fate of the story’s young protagonist. (more…)