How to become a ‘Muon Hunter’, ‘Carbon Detective’ or a ‘Gravity Spy’ (no experience necessary)

It seems that whenever we meet someone new, one of the first questions is: “What do you do?”

You may have a traditional title of doctor, lawyer, engineer, accountant, IT.

Or maybe a more adventurous career of fire fighter, law enforcement.

Or possibly something more independent such as entrepreneur, freelancer, writer.

What about something sexy like pilot, actor… uh, stripper? 🙂

You could even say you are an early retiree or financially independent, but that doesn’t really explain ‘what you do’.

And, what if you are just tired or bored with your chosen career, whether you still work in your field, or not?

While it would best to be able to do away with titles altogether, that isn’t too realistic in these modern times… mostly because people are just too darn curious to know what we do with our time.

SOOOO…. if you’re brave enough, how cool would it be when the next time you are at a party or meet someone new, you could respond by saying: “I’m a Muon Hunter”, or “I’m a Gravity Spy”? Just watch the looks on their faces.

But you ask, is this real? Yes.

How? Become a Citizen Scientist. For free. No experience necessary.

If you want more passive participation, then just lend your computer idle time to:

However, if you want something much more active, then check out Zooniverse.org. You will actually view captured footage and classify scientific data.

[Don’t worry, if you are wrong, they will assure you that you “won’t break science”. They have means to filter through the responses.]

Categories range from physics to history to art to nature & wildlife, so there is something for everyone’s interest.

You could participate in:

  • identifying and classifying galaxies, moons and planets (and hunt for muons)
  • watching penguins, whales, or chimps
  • viewing wildlife in the Amazon, Serengeti, or even in the urban ‘jungle’ of Chicago
  • interpreting letters from WW1 or making Shakespearian translations

And, some very non-scientists have actually made discoveries that have been named after them. Research papers will even list the names of the participants who helped with the research and discovery…

… just in case your nosey neighbor (or you mom) wants proof of “what you do”. 🙂


What do you think? Would this be something you would be interested in?

4 thoughts on “How to become a ‘Muon Hunter’, ‘Carbon Detective’ or a ‘Gravity Spy’ (no experience necessary)

  1. I hate it when the second question people usually ask when you first meet them is, “what do you do?”. My first instinct is to just tell them to mind their own business. Why do they want to know? Is it so that they can slot me into some position on the social ladder, or what? Or is it so that they can determine whether I’m worthy of further conversation?

    My response now is that I either tell them that I’m an investigator with the tax department, or that I’m a grave digger. That is usually enough that they don’t want to know any more, hehe.

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    • haha…. Yeah, it can be an annoying question. I have to admit that I ask it often. Not because I care how much money some one makes, but maybe there is a common interest there, or someone has a fascinating career that I want to know more about.

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  2. Hahhahahaah…I’d love to answer the question what do you do with, I chase around an almost 2 year old on a daily basis, spend way too much time on a blog that doesn’t pay very much money and play board games with my wife. I’d say what do I get paid to do and then I’d tell them about my boring job.

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