Scientific endeavors like Cancer Research UK's CellSlider in which laypeople click through images to spot and count cancer cells or the Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging's Great Brain Experiment, an app that "gamifies" research, allow the public to participate in science, the New Scientist notes. But some endeavors take it a bit further, in to the hands of amateurs themselves, it adds.

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