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Well put! Just as a side note, these distinctions in all the sciences (not just bio) often seem pretty arbitrary especially in small samples or close up. For instance the difference between glass and quartz, they both have a molecular structure of one silicon and two oxygen (SiO2). In glass the molecules are all over the place and in quartz they are in nice ordered rows and if your sample is absurdly small (say two molecules) then you can't tell if they are nicely ordered or if they are amorphous/unstructured thus defining the sample as either is difficult. You see the same issue when trying to determine the boundary between our atmosphere and space, how little atmosphere is needed before it can be called space.
Hi all, what a wonderful project! I am currently a cs student but I started my education first in biochemistry, then geology and finally I settled into computers! I have always been a huge fan of taxonomy and databases in general especially when it comes to the sciences. I have always found that one of the big drawbacks in science is that it is not especially accessible to most people who just want to take a look at what we know without becoming scientifically literate. Projects like this go a long way to making science approachable to many who may find it intimidating. I love to learn about what we as a species have discovered and I can't wait to help out with this explorer in any way that I can. I have applied to volunteer in the dev side of things as well as a bit of data entry but if there is anything in particular that needs doing, I am more than happy to try!