NOVA Labs doesn’t end with our explorations of the Sun, energy, clouds, RNA, and cybersecurity. We're actively developing a number of other projects that will explore equally big ideas with the help of authentic data collections, realistic scenarios, and science-based games. Here's a sample:
We’re working with Chia Shen’s “digital visual laboratory” at Harvard to build a Lab around the DeepTree, an interactive “tree of life” currently available only on touchscreens in museums. By complementing the DeepTree with NOVA media and activities, our Lab will help students and others explore the evolutionary relationships between millions of species from the very beginning of life, 3.5 billion years ago.
The DeepTree lets you “fly through” the vast tree of life to any species and learn how species are related through a set of showcase species and shared derived traits.
Image courtesy of SDR Lab, Harvard
We’re also working with computational neuroscientist Sebastian Seung and his team to develop a Lab that will challenge users to map some of the millions of neural connections that are involved in such functions as vision and memory formation. Combined with NOVA videos, Seung’s EyeWire game will help users learn about brain function while also contributing to real-world research.
Image courtesy of EyeWire
Beyond that? We’re not sure, but we can say that there seems to be no shortage of great topics, huge data sets, games, crowdsourcing engines, and other ways to involve regular citizens in scientific research. So, come back regularly to look for new Labs and please let us know if you have ideas for projects that you and your friends would like to see.