"Your support will go towards financing the raw materials to make a device that simulates the types of forces (shear forces) that spores are likely to feel in a boundary layer..."
This is cool and I would like to support this research but this is more like a charity than Kickstarter to me since I don't even have a good understanding of the motivation and the mechanism of this work.
There's plenty of people who believe are taxes are not being properly distributed. Who believe we should put a much bigger enphasis on science. With an easy way to direct people to crowd funded scientific projects. You open the possibility for us to choose to do justice with our own hands. You can take a small amount of money and reserve it to invest in science every month. Just as if it were a tax for science that you're doing out of your own will. It would be very hard to do that on kickstarter because you have to sift through all the entertainment stuff the something, petridish makes this simple.
A few years ago I never imagined that I would help fund scientists to find an exomoon, but now I just did :)
I just donated to the exomoon project. I've never given Kickstarter the time of day - I find projects there mostly frou-frou. Frou-frou is fine, we all need it once in a while, but I don't want to donate to support it.
The focus on science is compelling. More interesting is the potential for this to evolve into a distributed clearinghouse for research funding.
By creating a new startup that caters crowd-funding to science experiments, Petridish is capturing a whole new segment of consumers who are specifically looking to fund cool & new science experiments.
This looks really executed though, best of luck to your project.