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Funded Kickstarter campaign continues debate about genetically modified organisms

Funded Kickstarter campaign continues debate about genetically modified organisms

Crowdfunded US biohackers are set to make world’s first deliberate environmental release of a ‘synthetic biology’ organism Who wouldn’t want a flower that can glow in the dark? And what if it were pitched as the coming wave of a sustainable future, in which luminous plants and trees supplant light bulbs and street-lamps? You might even be tempted to buy one, right? At first glance, it’s hard not to be seduced by a new crowd-funded Kickstarter.com project to engineer and circulate glow-in-the-dark plants. Especially when the US company behind it invokes the possibility of turning your living room into the glowing Pandora landscape of the Avatar movie. Except this…

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Space Telescope Crowdfunding Project Raises Over $200,000 on First Day

The project is part of Planetary Resources' plan to make space more accessible to average people, its officials siad.

A commercial asteroid-mining company aiming to launch a crowdfunded space telescope raised more than $200,000 on the first day of its campaign. Planetary Resources, a private venture aiming to mine near-Earth space rocks for water, minerals and other resources, announced Wednesday (May 29) that it would build and launch a space telescope for public use if it could raise at least $1 million in 33 days. The telescope will be a twin copy of the Arkyd spacecraft the company is developing to detect, track and study asteroids in preparation for its mining mission. A test version of the spacecraft is set for its maiden trial…

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Westneat: UW chemist’s coal project gets crowdfunded — in record time

SEATTLE — Dan Jaffe says he didn’t set out intending to go all rogue with his science. “What happened is I was getting discouraged,” he says. “I was starting to wonder whether anyone would even be allowed to ask these basic questions. So I went outside the system.” Jaffe is no anarchist, but an atmospheric chemist at the University of Washington. For 20-plus years he’s followed the conventional path for doing science in this country, which is to apply for grants from the government or corporate-backed groups. He’s been good at it, too, winning $7.2 million in two decades that his lab has used to…

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12 Year Old Scientist Posts FundaGeek Crowdfunding Project

Possom Vision project on Fund A Geek platform

With a Little Help from Dad and Her University of Dayton Biology Professor Future scientists everywhere can further their research goals using Josie Baudendistel as their model. For the past two years, this Dayton Regional STEM School student has been studying forensic scavenging patterns for her science fair projects in conjunction with Dr. Eric Benbow, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Dayton. Because she is under the age limit for posting a project on FundaGeek, her Dad set up an account and helped her build her project called Possum Vision. Over the last two years, Josie has observed interesting scavenging…

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U.S. Crowdfunding Market Size Estimate by Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership at UC Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership has conservatively estimated the size of the equity and debt based crowdfunding market to be at least $3.98B. The Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, part of the Fung Institute co-authored the study. Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2013 Crowdfund investing, a mechanism for raising capital for businesses to start and grow, from small investors, will go live later in 2013. With the release of the proposed crowdfunding rules, a wave of small business and startup financing is expected to sweep the nation. In a first of its kind study, the Program for…

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Extraordinary Popular Enthusiasms and Funding from Crowds

Brainmobile

On the Good.is website right now is an appeal from Tyler Alterman, a matriculating neuroscientist and self-described scientific detective, seeking cash support for The Think Tank, his lab-on-wheels. This rolling experimentation station will travel the New York metro area to both teach the masses about cognition and to draw them into studies about brain function. Here’s “the plan,” as taken from Alterman’s appeal page at IndieGoGo: TTT will be an art+science team-up between artists and scientists from Tyler Alterman’s lab. Together we will transform a recycled box truck into a fully functioning lab with a glowing pink brain on top. The result: a literal and…

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Dark Snow Project’s Crowdfunded Climate Science Experiment

Jason Box at a weather station on Greenland's dark snow. Photo: Hughie Balfour Paul

By: Mary Catherine O’Connor Everything is connected; a catastrophic weather event in one hemisphere can have ripple effects on the other side of the globe. That is no news to climate scientists. But last summer, as the United States was in the throes of one of its worst wildfire seasons on record, climate scientist Jason Box, who studies Greenland’s ice sheet, wondered about a direct link between those fires and the frightening speed at which the ice sheet was melting. Among the fires last summer were large tundra blazes in Alaska and Canada. Box used weather analysis and computer models to show that smoke from…

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Boulder foam snowshoe makers launch crowdfunding campaignBizWest MediaNow, Crescent Moon is raising capital to make the molds for the foam shoe, a small one that will fit most men and women. Thamm said the company is committed to making the shoe, which they're calling the Eva, wh [...]

Crowdfunding launched for Cho-Sargent memorialLewiston Sun JournalA crowdfunding campaign on the popular site GoFundMe was launched late last week toward a memorial garden project in honor of Foley's son, Jayden Cho-Sargent, just a few days after the family was told the current m [...]

BenzingaPsychological Thriller 'Braid' Brought To You By Bitcoin CrowdfundingBenzingaThe team behind the movie is partnering with ConsenSys, a blockchain application development, to use its crowdfunding platform WeiFund to raise capital. Through the partnership with WeiFund, [...]

Siliconrepublic.comSugru begins £1.5m crowdfunding bid to ramp up global expansionSiliconrepublic.comThe DIY mouldable glue sensation Sugru, invented by Inspirefest 2017 speaker Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, has eyes on going global, with some help from a £1.5m crowdfunding campaign. Founde [...]

Danbury News TimesNoteworthy Chocolates turns to crowdfunding to pay for patentDanbury News TimesThe Sauvageaus are also no strangers to running successful crowdfunding campaigns, having raised more than $28,000 from 390 supporters on Kickstarter last spring to launch the business. Th [...]

THE BUSINESS TIMESLocal crowdfunding platform to tap 'mass affluent' with easing of MAS rulesTHE BUSINESS TIMESLocal crowdfunding platform FundedHere, which has been offering crowdfunded equity and loans to wealthy "accredited investors" in Singapore, wants to open [...]

Publishers WeeklyBritish Indie Tests New Biz Model with Crowdfunding CampaignPublishers WeeklyThe U.K.-based New Internationalist Publishing, which has been an employee-owned cooperative for decades, earlier this month launched a crowdfunding campaign that allows contributors to be br [...]

Crowdfund InsiderHow to Start a Real Estate Crowdfunding PlatformCrowdfund InsiderThose hoping to raise angel or VC capital for a real estate crowdfunding platform have, in my humble opinion, missed the boat by a couple of years. Today there are thousands of real estate crowdfunding p [...]

London-based Tech Startup Juggle.Jobs Launches Their Public Crowd Funding Campaign With Focus on Gender ...Yahoo FinanceAngel investors and a top micro-VC firm have already committed 75% of the £350,000 round, but crowd funding is enabling others, including Juggle.Job's own profe [...]

City A.M.Digital challenger bank Monzo just smashed another crowdfunding record on CrowdcubeCity A.M.Digital challenger bank Monzo has smashed another record, attracting more than 6,000 investors to its crowdfunding campaign, more than any other campaign in Crowdcube's history. T [...]

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