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Crowd ... The Cloud

Viral vs. Virus

Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients, physicians and disease detectives in Louisville, Kentucky. Street knowledge was also crucial in a historic medical breakthrough: John Snow’s mapping of cholera fatalities in 19th century London. In West Oakland, California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting traffic data. Local ordinances are changed and everyone breathes easier. Can apps and maps combat globalized diseases...
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  • program length: 60 minutes
  • episode #103

Sunday, August 4 at 8:00 pm on 12.1


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THE CROWD ... THE CLOUD showcases the power of citizen science in the digital age. Hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, the 4-part series takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of citizen science and crowdsourcing. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.