Every year, biologists visit the US state of Alaska to count the number of Steller sea lions (also known as northern sea lions). They also study images of the mammals. For the last 40 years the population has been in decline, but the reasons for the worrying trend are unknown.

To try and get to the bottom of the mystery, an open innovation project called Steller Watch has been launched.
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Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, a gathering of vivid coral that stretches for approximately 2,600 kilometers. Its maze of individual reef systems, tropical islands and coral cays provides a home for hundreds of different types of marine plants and animals.

But it is under threat from climate change, declining water quality and a variety of other challenges. To help halt the decline and safeguard the reef’s future, conservationists are turning to open innovation.
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Open innovation looks set to establish itself further into the public consciousness if a new television series gets off the ground.

It has been announced that actor Jeremy Piven has been cast in the lead role of a new drama pilot from CBS called Wisdom of the Crowd.

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Open Innovation Space Quest

You are probably never going to set foot in space, but that doesn’t mean you cannot explore worlds beyond our own. And you can do so with NASA’s latest open innovation project – Backyard Worlds: Planet 9.

This fascinating endeavor is calling on citizens around the world to help scientists search the outer fringes of our Solar System to identify brown dwarfs, low-mass stars and perhaps even the hypothesized ninth planet.
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The German airline has come up with a neat way of doing open innovation and that is with its FlyingLab, which involves passengers testing new products and services while they are flying.

During New York Fashion Week, which takes place this week, some of the flights en route to the Big Apple from Frankfurt have hosted fashion shows and talks and let passengers test out innovative wearable technologies.
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Combating Looting from Space

On any given day thousands of looted archeological artifacts are offered for sale on the black market, ancient treasures stolen from historical sites. To try to cut off supply, archeologists exert pressure on governments to do more to help in the battle against smugglers.

Now they have come up with a fresh approach – open innovation and the crowd.
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In a bid to speed up the discovery and development of new drugs for cancer, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is using what it claims is the world’s most advanced drug discovery robot to search for new oncology treatments.

And through its open innovation program, AZ will provide its partners with “unprecedented access” to the bot, known as NiCoLA-B.
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England may well be a green and pleasant land, but some of its parks are under threat.  Faced with budgetary cuts and increasing expenses, some local authorities are selling off green spaces to make ends meet.

Their actions are so worrying campaigners that they’ve launched an open innovation project to find out exactly what’s at risk.
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Gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of space time that were predicted by Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity.  However, they are so tiny that detecting them has proved to be notoriously difficult.

The first detection of this elusive phenomenon was made around 100 years after Einstein’s work by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).  Now the scientists behind the research are turning to the crowd with an open innovation initiative to help them become better and faster at finding the tell-tale signs of gravitational waves.
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