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The world of citizen science is growing rapidly, says the Associated Press' Mary Esch. Once restricted to tasks like counting birds for the Audubon Society, non-scientist volunteers are now being put to use by researchers for a variety of projects — some involve counting various types of organisms, while others involve recording data on the weather, water quality, and other phenomena, Esch says.

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