Science is present everywhere and a part of everything. Many people don’t know much about science. They know the basics, such as how water evaporates when heated or how the sun works, but there is a lot more. So, to learn more about the world, here is the list of best science apps for Android users.
Google Play Books (and similar apps)
It is an ebook platform with a lot of science material such as regular ebooks, audiobooks, and more. Google Play Books allows the user to download them to read offline, and it has a lot of other features. Google’s ecosystem has a Newsstand section of the Play Store with science magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and many more. Google Play Books and Newsstand are an excellent source of science learning and science news.
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Star Walk uses the sensors in the device to figure out where the user is and which celestial objects his camera has in its views. Then, it tells the user a little about the stars and planets that the user is looking. If the user is not currently looking at the stars, the app will give the information about the night sky; it can also track the ISS over space. The user will get a lot of scientific content to explore, such as sunset times, geological make-up of Mars, and more. The app is free, but it will have ads. The user has to pay $3 for an ad-free version.
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The app has feature talks and lectures from famous people of the industry, experts of different topics, and others, for instance, about full-body transplants and many. The app has more than 2,000 talks, an open podcast, cross-device syncing, bookmarks, etc. It is a free app with no in-app purchases. This app is not entirely about education, but it is a good place to listen the what is happening in science, technology, and other industries.
NASA Globe Observer
This app depends on the findings that users do, so it informs them according to official scientific research. The user can use it to collect the data in three areas, i.e., cloud cover, land cover, and mosquito habitats. In every case, the user take photos and observe the condition, then submit it to NASA. For example, with the app, the user clicks the picture of the sky, identifies the types of fluff that he sees, and then enters the location by using the phone GPS sensors. Then, NASA will compare what the user has recorded with satellite imagery. From this, scientists can build up a better picture of weather conditions and systems, which is valuable for future research.
Download NASA Globe Observer
NASA is one of the best science apps for Android users. This app allows the user to connect with NASA and many of their projects. The user can access to 14,000 NASA videos, mission information, NASA TV access, and some of the 2D maps and 3D models of the different terrestrial bodies in our solar system. The app has a huge library of 16,000 images that can be used as wallpapers.
Researchers of the University of California, Berkeley’s Seismological Laboratory, wanted to use smartphones to make a global picture of seismic activity, so they developed MyShake. This app depends on the user’s device sensors to collect data, but it does this without affecting the usual device activities. Then, the researchers can use the information to enhance their models of earthquake activity and improve their prediction systems. The app is simple to use; it works silently in the background, logging vibrational activities, and identifying genuine earthquake tremors. MyShake also allows the user to see recent seismic movements nearby or anywhere in the world. It advises on what to do in the earthquake.
Google’s Science Journal app provides a tool to record data about the conditions near the user. For instance, check the sensors in the user’s device to take light, sound, pressure, and motion readings. It also connects with an external sensor from Bluetooth to collect data by those instruments. In the app, the user can improve their observations with notes and photos. It has a well-designed interface that makes it easy to log data manually or have the app gather it automatically. The user can revisit their earlier recorded logs and export them to other apps, like spreadsheet programs.
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Notes on Blindness VR
In the 1980s, the theologian John Hull lost his eyesight. He started having an audio diary, a document that forms the basis of the critically acclaimed film Notes on Blindness, that got released now. This, with VR experience, recreates beautiful memories and moments from John’s audio diary, engaging the viewer in a world beyond sight.
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From this interesting app, the user can build a particle accelerator in his spare room by virtually with the magic of augmented reality. The app allows the phone’s camera to spread digital graphics of a simple particle accelerator on top of the physical world. The user needs some physical markers, in the form of paper cubes, to make it work. The user will learn about the physics of particle accelerators and electromagnetic fields if the particles speeding around the coffee table are only virtual.
Amateur bird-watchers should download eBird. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology manages this app. The user can identify and log bird sightings; also, it makes it easy to share the findings with others such as scientists who plan bird populations around the globe. The app is free and has a friendly, natural interface to consider the user’s location and marks the birds that he spots in his area. It also helps to identify puzzling species, presents data on common sightings in the locale, directs the user to nearby bird hotspots, and indicates them when the opportunity comes for a possibly rare sighting. This app also works offline.