2. mPing, iPhone/iPad/iTouch, Android Free

Are you addicted to the Weather Channel? Are you an aspiring meteorologist? If so, this app is definitely for you! Now you can experience first-hand the thrill of tracking and providing weather reports. Users can anonymously update reports by selecting a variation of winter weather between “none” and “graupel/snow grains.” The app tracks GPS location, and data is submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

3. What’s Invasive, iPhone/iPad/iTouch, Android Free

This ingenious mobile App extends the reach of scientific observation by giving the average park visitor the knowledge and ability to find, document and record the exact location of invasive species within a park. In just sixty seconds after entering the information, What’s Invasive uploads the findings to a database accessible by a variety of environmental organizations and scientists.

4. Loss of the Night, Android Free

Scientists developed this app to quantify the illumination of the night sky caused by artificial light. Loss of the Night was initially only accessible in German and English; now it has grown to include 11 languages. This app measures how the brightness of the sky changes over time, as lighting technologies change and cities grow.

5. NoiseTube, iPhone/iPad/iTouch, Android Free

The Belgian-based NoiseTube app helps turn smartphones into mobile noise level meters to encourage citizens to measure daily noise exposure. The data  will be shared with the NoiseTube community through a collective map of noise pollution, and will be analyzed by local governments, city planners, and researchers.

What do you think of these science apps? Is there one that you feel should be included in this list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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