We can all be 21st-century scientists

Have an interest? There is probably a way you can get involved. Leave any tin-foil apperal at the door however.

Enter citizen science — using the same technologies that separate us from nature to help us understand and enjoy it. Smartphones, the Internet and accessible research technologies deinstitutionalize science and get the inner scientist in all of us outside to contribute to a broader understanding of a variety of topics, from backyard birds to flower-blooming times.

Science relies on observation. As more people examine natural phenomena and record and share information, we gain better understanding of the world. An increasing number of scientific inquiries now depend on contributions from ordinary people to help them answer important questions.
— http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/we-can-all-be-21st-century-scientists/Content?oid=2635396