SETI@Home rises again with the reopening of the Allen Telescope Array

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2011 - 08:57 AM |
Tagged: seti, boinc

Last Spring U.C. Berkeley pulled their funding from the SETI Institute which lead to the closure of the Allen Telescope Array, part of the Hat Creek Observatory.  It has finally reopened and is once again searching the stars for a variety of objects thanks to public donations and interest by the US Air Force.  SETI is not just about searching for radio signals from the stars, it has discovered pulsars and exoplanets as well as contributing to the search for water on other planets. 

The interest shown by the Air Force has less to do with space aliens and more to do with the awareness of near earth objects such as satellites and orbiting ships.  In among the data that would be collected by the array would be positional information of these orbital objects. The extra accuracy would hopefully allow much better predictions as to the time and location that objects falling from orbit will arrive on Earth, such as happened recently

Consider helping out by dropping by the BOINC Forum and joining the PC Perspective SETI@Home team.

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"MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is once again searching planetary systems for signals that would be evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Among its first targets are some of the exoplanet candidates recently discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope.

“This is a superb opportunity for SETI observations,” said Jill Tarter, the Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute. “For the first time, we can point our telescopes at stars, and know that those stars actually host planetary systems – including at least one that begins to approximate an Earth analog in the habitable zone around its host star. That’s the type of world that might be home to a civilization capable of building radio transmitters.”"

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One Billion work units down and the FLOPs are still rising

Subject: Editorial | July 15, 2011 - 03:18 PM |
Tagged: killer frogs, friday, folding@home, folding frogs, boinc, 1 billion

When visiting our Forums you will be greeted with an ever changing mix of the old and new.  Some members will be tracking down manuals from old kit that they inherited from friends, such as an Epox EP-8KDA3J, while others might have the manual but are having a tough time finding drivers for their DFI LanParty NForce2 Ultra B board.   Those threads are nestled between another member's indepth look at the brand new Intel Core i7-2600K with GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7, with plenty of pictures and tips on getting the best overclock.

Our podcast, PC Perspective Podcast #162 this week, has inspired one member to stop lurking and ask about a case for a NAS they want to build, while other long term members discuss the merits of SLIOne member is being very mean to their speakers at Audio Corner while in the  Storage Forum you can read about the ressurection of Intel SSDs that suddenly become 8MB in size

Also this week there has been a lot of talk about Bitcoins, both in terms of the best GPUs to use for mining as well as a rough guide on how much your electricity bill will go up thanks to your new habit, but there are other things you can do with your spare cycles.  The PC Perspective Folding Frogs are going strong and helping with protein folding, but it is the PC Perspective Killer Frogs BOINC team which has something to cheer about right now.  Our combined BOINC project processed workunit total has gone over 1 billion!  Congrats to everyone, old members and new, that have contributed to help us pass this milestone.

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