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Android Devices Can Now Help You Become A Citizen Scientist
2013-07-24 07:02:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Android users can now become citizen scientists and even select the projects they wish to power thanks to a new app released this week called BOINC. Developed by researchers at the University of California Berkeley, BOINC lets users of Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher donate their phone's idle computing power to "crunch numbers for projects that could lead to breakthroughs ranging from novel medical therapies to the discovery of...

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2011-03-07 15:02:14

Computer scientists collaborate with biologists on faster method to study plant ecology Cleaning up pollution, protecting soil from erosion and maintaining species-rich ecosystems are some of the goals of a computational ecology project by a University of Houston (UH) scientist and his team. Published recently in a top journal, the work sheds light on a new method to speed up research in the ecology of plants. Marc Garbey, a professor of computer science and mathematics at UH, and his fellow...

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2010-02-10 11:40:00

Combined computing power of the MilkyWay@Home project recently surpassed the world's second fastest supercomputer At this very moment, tens of thousands of home computers around the world are quietly working together to solve the largest and most basic mysteries of our galaxy. Enthusiastic and inquisitive volunteers from Africa to Australia are donating the computing power of everything from decade-old desktops to sleek new netbooks to help computer scientists and astronomers at Rensselaer...

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2009-05-20 06:50:00

The world's largest and longest-running volunteer computing project, SETI@home, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month with 140,000 participants and 235,000 computers powering the search for intelligent signals from space. No extraterrestrials have been found yet. But the project will hold a day-long symposium at the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory on May 21 to celebrate the birthday and discuss the future of a project that still excites the public and has...

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2008-01-05 10:18:03

SETI@home looking for more volunteers BERKELEY "“ The longest-running search for radio signals from alien civilizations is getting a burst of new data from an upgraded Arecibo telescope, which means the SETI@home project needs more desktop computers to help crunch the data. Since SETI@home launched eight years ago, the project based at the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory has signed up more than 5 million interested volunteers and boasts the largest...