Citizen Science Hack Chat With Ben Krasnow

Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at noon Pacific for the Citizen Science Hack Chat with Ben Krasnow!

For most of human history, there was no such thing as a professional scientist. Those who dabbled in “natural philosophy” were mainly men — and occasionally women — of privilege and means, given to spend their time looking into the workings of the world. Most went where their interest lay, exploring this facet of geology or that aspect of astronomy, often combining disciplines or switching to new ones as they felt like it. They had the freedom to explore the universe without the pressure to “publish or perish,” and yet they still often managed to pull back the curtain of ignorance and superstition that veiled the world for eons, at least somewhat.

In their footsteps follow today’s citizen scientists, a relatively small cohort compared to the great numbers of professional scientists that universities churn out year after year. But where these credentialed practitioners are often hyper-focused on a particular sub-field in a highly specialized discipline, the citizen scientist enjoys more freedom to explore the universe, as his or her natural philosopher forebears did. These citizen scientists — many of whom are also traditionally credentialed — are doing important work, and some are even publishing their findings in mainstream journals.

Ben Krasnow, the proprietor of the Applied Science YouTube channel, is one such citizen scientist, and one whose latest findings are always welcome. We’ve covered tons of Ben’s experiments and builds, from his DIY electron microscope to his steel-piercing ruby laser, and more recently his home-brew mass spectrometer or his investigation into MRI-induced iPhone deaths. There’s always something interesting coming out of Ben’s lab, and he’ll drop by the Hack Chat to discuss the state of citizen science today and what’s going on in the lab.

join-hack-chatOur Hack Chats are live community events in the Hack Chat group messaging. This week we’ll be sitting down on Wednesday, April 29 at 12:00 PM Pacific time. If time zones have got you down, we have a handy time zone converter.

Click that speech bubble to the right, and you’ll be taken directly to the Hack Chat group on You don’t have to wait until Wednesday; join whenever you want and you can see what the community is talking about.

4 thoughts on “Citizen Science Hack Chat With Ben Krasnow

  1. Even if I am same age or maybe older than Ben but I always watch his video like if I am a curious and dreamy teen, he offers the best insight into real science projects, he got an amazing workshop with amazing hack skills, I just wish if there is more like him from those who are making our stuff that can pass some of their knowledge to make everyone future brighter…

    His Channel is the best, and we are very lucky that a such brilliant mind is providing some answers to so many questions in a such amazing way that is at the same time satisfactory but also makes you want to build a dream lab (which many of us probably wanted to have but never been able to put up) and start dreaming again as a kid to offer this world some clues about what our future tech should be or look like.

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