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3D puzzle

Mozak

Help build models of brain cells

Mozak is a new citizen science discovery game in development about neuroscience. It has been developed by the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington. Humans greatly outperform computers at tracing neurons that have delicate and highly branched structures that your eyes will distinguish far better. Scientists hope to discover new ideas that can be applied to ongoing research in the field. More about the game

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Stall Catchers

Search the brain for stalled blood vessels that may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

Stall Catchers is a citizen science application designed at Cornell University to search the brain for stalled blood vessels that may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. While playing the game, you’ll be looking at real movies of live mouse brain. You will be given one vessel to annotate per movie, and will do so by searching for signs of blood flow or stalls. More about the game

Android

Decodoku Colors

Develop methods for quantum error correction

This is a variation of the game Decodoku, a game that allows you to contribute to research on the exciting topic of quantum computers. These are the puzzles that need to be solved to keep quantum computers free of errors. We need to work out the best way to do it. By playing and sharing your methods, you can help develop quantum computers. More about the game

Android

Decodoku

Develop methods for quantum error correction

This is not just any puzzle game. This is a quantum puzzle game! You can just play it for fun, or you can use it to conduct scientific research in the field of quantum error correction. These are the puzzles that need to be solved to keep quantum computers free of errors. We need to work out the best way to do it. By becoming a master at this game, you could help build a real-life quantum computer. More about the game

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Mark2Cure

Help identify key terms in ALL biomedical research abstracts

If you can read English, you can help in the process of biomedical discovery. Scientific literature is growing fast and it is hard for scientists to know what to read and to read everything that is relevant. Mark2Cure works by teaching citizen scientists to identify concepts and relationships in biomedical text. This is a task that anyone can learn to do and can perform better than any known computer program. More about the game

Biology

Project Discovery

Categorize protein patterns and help build a map of human biology

Project Discovery is the first citizen science mini-game perfectly integrated in a Massively Multiplayer Online Game. EVE Online players look at high-resolution images of human cells and categorize protein patterns. The goal is to integrate the classifications in the public database ‘Subcellular Protein Atlas’ and to build a map of human biology. Project Discovery is a collaboration between Massively Multiplayer Online Science, Reykjavík University, CCP and the Human Protein Atlas. [More about the game]

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Biology

Nanocrafter

Use pieces of DNA to build everything from computer circuits to nanoscale machine

The Center for Game Science at the University of Washington focuses on solving hard problems facing humanity today in a game based environment. Human creativity and insight to build systems can lead to discoveries. By designing new inventions and then simulating them in the citizen science game, scientists hope that players will come up with new ideas that can be applied to ongoing research in the field. More about the game

meQuanics
3D puzzle

meQuanics

Help develop the next generation of computers

meQuanics is developed for fun, but the citizen science game is based on the scientific principals governing quantum computation. Each 3D puzzle represents a real quantum algorithm that players need to optimize for a quantum computer to be realized with real quantum devices. Reducing the resources necessary for a quantum computer is one of the most urgent and important problems to make this technology a reality. More about the game

Apetopia

Apetopia

Help scientists understand perceived color differences

Apetopia has been developed by University of Berlin. It is an easy game, accessible to all the public, and requires no special skills. Players navigate through gates which colors match the color of the sky. They collect coins and boosters on their way. Their choices of color provide data on how the shades of color are perceived by people in order to model the best color parameters. More about the game

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The Cure

Help predict breast cancer survival

The Cure is a serious, biology-based card game. Assemble the best hands and you can win – just like poker. The challenge with The Cure is that we don’t know the rules yet! Until you play, we can’t tell you if you have the equivalent of a royal flush or a pair of 2s. By playing the game, you will be both teaching and learning the rules of nature,and you will help predict cancer survival. More about the game

3D puzzle

EyeWire

Map 3D structure of neurons to help map the brain

In Eyewire, players are challenged to map branches of a neuron from one side of a cube to the other in a 3D puzzle. Players scroll through the cube and reconstruct neurons with the help of an artificial intelligence algorithm developed at Seung Lab. Eyewire gameplay advances neuroscience by helping researchers discover how neurons connect to process visual information. More about the game

Alien Game

Alien Game

Help find out how people solve complex problems

In the Alien Game, you need to find the right solution to the Alien puzzle. Use the menu to select possible moves and generate new solutions. Human seem much better at improving their performance than computer algorithms. How do they do it? Answering this question might help us to design better algorithms to solve very complicated problems like how to design a quantum computer. More about the game

Android

Quantum Moves

Help scientist build a quantum computer

Quantum Moves is an online citizen science simulation game where you move quantum atoms. The objective of the game is to complete challenges that are simulations of logical operations in a quantum computer. The game aims to merge theoretical and experimental quantum research with online community efforts to explore the potential for online citizen science in this otherwise highly specialized field. More about the game

Phylo
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Phylo

Solve DNA puzzle and help genetic disease research

Phylo is an experimental citizen science game about multiple sequence alignment optimisation. Players solve pattern-matching puzzles that represent nucleotide sequences of different phylogenetic taxa to optimize alignments over a computer algorithm. Players attempt to create the highest point value score for each set of sequences by matching as many colours as possible and minimizing gaps. More about the game

Biology

Forgotten Island

Help to classify species while foraging through forests, volcanoes, docks

Immerse yourself in the mysterious and puzzling world of Forgotten Island. Trapped in the middle of nowhere, you take on the role of a lost adventurer with a secret past. In this point and click adventure game, designed and built by Syracuse University students, you can participate in scientific research while foraging through fearful forests, vicious volcanoes, desolate docks! More about the game

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MalariaSpot

Shoot at parasites on images of blood films infected with malaria

Do you want to play hunting parasites in real blood samples? You only need one minute! MalariaSpot is a game developed by researchers who have gamified the process of diagnosing malaria. There are not enough specialists in the world to diagnose malaria… and you can help! We combine the results from several players to obtain an image analysis as reliable as the one made by a specialist. More about the game

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Quantum Minds

Help find out what’s on your mind when playing quantum game

Quantum Minds studies the human learning process as a player encounters gamified quantum physics problems. How do we solve the quantum challenge with little or no training in physics? Play Quantum Minds to help us answer this question! The goal is to play through four levels of increasing difficulty. This is no easy task, so don’t be easily discouraged! Also remember that every attempt is valuable data to scientists. More about the game

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EteRNA

Solve puzzles related to the folding of RNA molecules

EteRNA is a game developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. Players solve puzzles related to the folding of RNA molecules and can also suggest new puzzles. The program takes advantage of human problem-solving capabilities. A better understanding of RNA design and structure prediction may facilitate the design of RNA-based nanomachines and switches. More about the game

Art history

ARTigo

Describe artwork accurately with tags to generate an artwork search engine

The artwork images need tagging to facilitate art history studies and to automatically build up an artwork search engine. Describe art, style, quality, emotions and get points when you and your co-player used the same tag. ARTigo is a collection of 7 games and a collaboration between the Institute for Informatics, the Institute for Art History and the IT-Group Humanities all three from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. More about the game

3D puzzle

Foldit

Solve puzzles related to the folding of proteins

Knowing the structure of a protein is key to understanding how it works and to targeting it with drugs. The number of different ways even a small protein can fold is astronomical. Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans’ puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively and collaboratively to fold the best proteins in 3D puzzle games. More about the game

Biology

Immune Defense

Use cells and proteins to defend against real, evolving pathogens

Get white blood cells and equip them with different receptors. Pull toward proteins, capture dangerous organism inside the blood cell and dissolve them in acid. Keep an eye on the level of inflammation at all time. Immune Defense is a game by Molecular Jig Games, which aims at creating games that take place in the molecular world and making them available to as wide an audience as possible. More about the game