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UPDATE: Many users have reported problems with the performance and image quality of SciSpy. We value your feedback and have made several improvements to the app to fix these issues. You don't need to download an update; these improvements are already in place.

I Spy Something...
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Scout out the natural world. Something slinking in the garden? Snap it with your camera. Share it with the world. Submit a photo and you're contributing to research initiatives that rely on amateur participation.

What if you could contribute to scientific research, right from your own home or while playing at the park with your kids? Every day we have the opportunity to make scientific observations, but without the time, tools or training ... well, it's just never going to happen.

But now, using the Science Channel's SciSpy mobile app, anyone who wants to can help advance scientific research: specifically, the study of the natural world.

As long as you have the SciSpy app on your iPhone, all you have to do is capture and submit photos of living things: a unique bug on your kitchen floor (a new species, perhaps?), or an unusual-looking mushroom you find sprouting in your backyard.

When your photo is submitted, it's automatically date-stamped, geo-mapped, classified and entered into an online database, available at, where scientists around the world can analyze it and use it for their own research.

The Science Channel believes in the philosophy that everyone is a scientist. With our new SciSpy app, we're making that philosophy a reality.

Join our citizen science team!

**NOTE: SciSpy is also a Web application. You can use your iPhone to make observations and contribute to science missions You can also visit on the Web, where you can share and manage your contributions, sort them by mission, and view contributions on a map so you can see what's been spied near you.

What's New in Version 1.02

New Science Channel logo

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Customer Reviews

Doesn't seem to work

No pictures will load or upload, the 'mission' page remains blank, not even the contribution pictures are loading

Would not work for me

The navigation was bugged (pardon the pun) and crashed every time I tried to upload a picture. People had pictures of their cats on it anyway, not very interesting.


It doesn't work for me. I wasn't allowed to log in. Didn't do what I expected it to. I uninstalled it 2 phones ago. Now I remember why. I wish it wasn't but it's a waste if time.

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  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2011
  • Version: 1.02
  • Size: 2.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Discovery Communications

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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