Google wants you to get scientificA new app from Google uses your phone's sensors to let you observe the world in a new way.
Google wants you to get scientific with a brand new app. Say hello to Science Journal. Google calls it a digital science notebook. And the app is a part of the company's making science initiative. Here's how it works. Science Journal uses your phone's sensors, like it's microphone, accelerometer, and light sensor To catalog all kinds of data. You can see that data plotted on a graph over time or you can switch to raw numbers. So if you decided to start throwing your phone because you want to know how fast you can throw it, you can have the accelerometer data logged automatically. As the great Adam Savage once said, the difference between screwing around and science is writing it down. But it doesn't just stop at the phone. Google teamed up with the Exploratorium at San Francisco to develop kits that work with science journals. The kits include microcontrollers and craft supplies to conduct experiments by creating a magnetic field minesweeper game. The idea behind the app and the kits is to get people to think like scientists, with a hands-on approach, because science is more than just a bunch of facts and a book. The Science Journal app is available right now in the Google Play store. Sorry iPhone users, it's Android only right now. That's it for this tech news update, I'm Iya Zachar, and you can stay on top of the biggest stories at CNET.com/update.