Crowdfunding is increasingly a legitimate way for researchers to get money for their work. Matt Salzberg — who found himself asking for crowdfunding two years ago to study rare quail in Mexico — founded PetriDish.org, a site dedicated to presenting budding science projects to a wide audience and getting funding for the researchers, says Veronique Greenwood at the 80beats blog.

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