The Week in Geek: January 31, 2011

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The Week in Geek is a weekly wrap-up of the week's science, technology and social media news.

Over the years YouTube has made its fair share of contributions to society: it launched the career of Susan Boyle; it made divas out of dancing babies; and it taught us that kittens make everything better. Now, in perhaps its most noble feat, the site is spotlighting the fight against human trafficking. Check out the "Dislike Petition" to learn more.

Whether its a link to a video, a report or an article, the internet gives us so many quick ways to share information with our friends. So why are many newspapers--the supposed champions of information sharing--too lazy to add links in their stories?

Many blame the internet for the demise of the journalism industry, but a new option for Amazon's Kindle may save the future of long-form journalism.

While unemployed reporters may begrudge the rise of citizen journalists, some science researchers see the benefit of citizen scientists. An upcoming iPhone app will make it easy for anyone to record and share observations in nature. The data from your weekend hike could help scientists better study our ecosystem.

And if you have any doubts about the potential of citizen scientists, consider this: In 1945, author Vladimir Nabakov hypothesized the origin of butterflies. Over 65 years later scientists proved him right.