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4 Million Classifications Reached

Hi All,

We hope you are all well and keeping safe and sane during these trying and daunting times

We wanted to say Thank You!

You have helped BashtheBug reach over 4 million classifications:

Total classifications since the project began: 4, 028, 152

You have looked at over 15,000 samples, which has helped the *CRyPTIC project prepare its first dataset for release, which will form the basis of: several big publications and a number of smaller ones including machine learning, a new catalogue and a genome-wide association study to look for genes that confer resistance no one has noticed yet.

Well done to all our volunteers for making this happening!

*The project is part of the CRyPTIC Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis: an International Consortium is a world-wide collaboration between tuberculosis (TB) research institutions all over the world to achieve better, faster and more targeted treatment of multidrug-resistant TB via genetic resistance prediction.

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BashTheBug part of Earth School

In response to the COVID pandemic, UN Environment (UNEP), TED Education, and many other partners and contributors around the world launched Earth School, which aims to give kids, parents, and teachers 30 days of daily “quests,” or curated learning experiences that highlight how we are connected to nature from home. Quests began on Earth Day, April 22nd, and will continue to be released until World Environment Day, on June 5th.

The Citizen Science Quest of Earth School launched on Wednesday 27 May 2020 and BashTheBug was chosen by SciStarter as one of the Citizen Science projects.

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Talking Science

As part of the Talking Science series, Philip Fowler gave an evening talk via Zoom on Fri 15 May 2020.

The recording can be watched via this link using the password 8r.%m4=4

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Science Friday livestream

Ariel Zych and Diana Montano team from Science Friday hosted a discussion with Philip Fowler (BashTheBug lead), Carla Wright (BashTheBug coordinator) and Helen Spiers (Zooniverse liaison) yesterday on Facebook.

You can watch a recording of the livestream here.

This was a first time the BashTheBug has ever done anything like this, so let us know if you’d like more, or equally if you’d like something different.

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BashTheBug on ScienceFriday

Last Friday 24 April 2020, Laura Trouille, who is Co-Principal Investigator for the Zooniverse and Vice President of Citizen Science at the Adler Planetarium, was interviewed on the popular North American radio show, ScienceFriday.

Laura talked about four Zooniverse projects, and BashTheBug was one of them!

You can listen to her interview by following this link to the Science Friday website, or the episode is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify Podcasts.

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Zooniverse volunteer study

You may have received this email from the Zooniverse Team and already taken part; if so, thank you. If not, please consider participating as the more volunteers take part, the better.

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Three million classifications

You reached three million classifications on Sun 19 April 2020.

That means it took you only 38 days to add a million classifications, which is astonishing. That averages out as one every 3 seconds. The previous million took nearly a year-and-a-half!

Since we asked you all to send in your words and images last month to celebrate reaching two million, we decided to recognise reaching three million classifications by overlaying onto the BashTheBug logo all the usernames of everyone who has participated, even if you’ve just done a single classification. That is 19,639 usernames, however, so the writing is really, really tiny — you’ll need to download the high resolution image and then zoom in!

If you didn’t login to the Zooniverse, you won’t find yourself on the logo I’m afraid, and also if you deleted your account it will also be missing.

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BashTheBug and COVID-19

Like many of you, the researchers behind BashTheBug have been at home for a while now due to restrictions put in place to slow the progress of this COVID-19 epidemic.

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Two Million Classifications

You reached two million classifications on Thu 12 March 2020.

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Shout Out….to our top 20 Volunteers

We would like to give a special Shout Out.. and Thank You to our Top 20 volunteers:

User Name



Pego.cs 63053 1
Elisabeth B 35058 2
skl6284 28995 3
Carol49 27740 4
Michael.c.cozens 23478 5
rodlawes 22246 6
Huskynator 21018 7
ianmetcalf 18651 8
Victorr8 17190 9
r.sasaki 16802 10
marius_aga 16641 11
kristaFB 15136 12
deleted-1678833 14431 13
Mary_Nichols 12772 14
mkavooss 12398 15
ghewson 12178 16
x303 11613 17
ElizabethLarson 11177 18
Rattus 10843 19
hermesp 10020 20


They have collectively classified over 81,000 images which is just over 19% of the overall classifications.