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Scientists turn to crowd-sourcing for funding

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For years, educators and politicians have encouraged students to go into the sciences where young talent is supposedly in high demand. But recently, science and technology graduates are finding themselves in the same boat as many other Americans, they're unable to find work.

However, new opportunities are arising for scientists to fund their own research through crowd-sourcing services similar to Kickstarter. Traditionally, sites like Kickstarter cater to artists and musicians to raise money through small donations, but now a service called Petridish is looking to bring that model of funding to the sciences.


Matt Salzberg, CEO of