Just found out about the #SciFund Challenge, in collaboration with Rockethub, to fund scientific research via crowdsourcing. I think it's currently only set up for the month of November.
It would be interesting to see how initiatives like this develop, whether an approach like this could be sustainable, and what would be the mechanisms to ensure the money is actually used for the right purpose...
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Scientific American Article