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July 4, 2012

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May 2, 2012

On the 26th April, the Virtual Science Hub launched a beta-version of its website in five European countries. Its goal is to bring together schools and research institutes to improve current science teaching. Students will experience authentic scientific research as it is done today.

April 25, 2012

The Einstein@Home volunteer computing project has enabled the public to discover 27 new stars. When someone finds a new pulsar, not only do they enter the history books, they also get a personal email or even a signed-for-letter from project leader Bruce Allen.

April 25, 2012

Today's open-source hardware movement empowers poor rural communities to communicate freely over Wi-Fi,  helps researchers independently measure the speed of neutrinos, and creates new business markets by allowing entrepreneurs to get involved in large projects. Proponents say 2012 is the year open hardware will take flight. But before take-off, the community needs best practice standards to serve as a flight plan.

March 28, 2012

Image courtesy André-Pierre Olivier.

March 21, 2012

In a project that could set an example for other earthquake-prone areas, high school students in Taiwan are now taught how to install low-cost seismic sensors at home and school. Scientists use them to offer students hands-on learning in geosciences and cloud computing.

March 14, 2012

Extreme citizen science is about enabling any community around the globe to start a citizen science project that will help them deal with issues that concern them.

March 14, 2012

Charity Engine is a new volunteer computing project. Every processing job a volunteer completes creates money for the world's largest charities. It also promises to eventually be the most energy efficient computing grid on the planet.

February 29, 2012

Image courtesy André-Pierre Olivier.

February 22, 2012

The Citizen Cyberscience Center held the second London summit last week, presenting projects from aerial balloon mapping to identifying wild animals.

February 15, 2012

This poster was designed by Andre-Pierre Olivier

This week researchers and volunteers will gather in London, UK, to lunch, laugh and launch the future of science, at the Citizen Cyberscience Summit.

February 1, 2012

When a malaria vaccine becomes available, it could be effective to vaccinate people of all ages in low transmission areas in addition to the plans to vaccinate only infants in high transmission areas, according to a Swiss team that ran simulations using, a popular volunteer computing project.

November 9, 2011

'Crowd sourcing' website Kaggle asks scientists and statisticians to mine data to help solve outstanding puzzles for NASA, healthcare providers, and other large companies - and those who provide the right answers can earn up to three million dollars for their time.

October 12, 2011

The LHC is one of the biggest, most complex machines in the world. And physicists are reviving the volunteer computing project Sixtrack, part of LHC@Home, to design the 2020 upgrade.

September 21, 2011

What role will desktop grids play in the future? E-ScienceTalk’s Manisha Lalloo describes some of the projects underway and the role of this type of computing in the future.

September 14, 2011

It is a characteristic of our culture that we glorify scientific genius. Galileo Galilei, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman and Stephen Hawking are just a few of the illustrious names from the canon of physics saints. Other disciplines have their own haloed ones. The role of the amateur scientist, in comparison with these greats, seems to vanish into insignificance.

Yet the future of science is the age of the amateur: the Internet will affect science in the same way it affected journalism, argues François Grey, the coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Center at CERN.

September 7, 2011

Complex animations and computer graphics, a field long driven by gamers and movie makers, requires computationally expensive ‘rendering’. This involves generating a single image from a model that contains information about an object – its geometry, viewpoint, lighting, etc.

As well as being used to create computer animated movies and shows, such as Shrek, The Penguins of Madagascar, and Happy Feet, rendering is also useful for areas such as medicine and architecture.

July 27, 2011

Anyone - anywhere - can now donate their own computers to help theoretical physicists at CERN calculate what the huge experiments using the LHC should be looking for in their data, with a new project called Test4Theory as part of LHC@Home.

June 22, 2011

Javier de la Torre and his team at the Spanish company Vizzuality use crowdsourcing, cloud computing and vizualization to help preserve biodiversity.

April 27, 2011

Anyone can help contribute to early warning systems for earthquakes with only the use of a USB stick, a modern laptop, smart phone, or even a Nintendo Wii controller though a volunteer computing project called the Quake Catcher Network (QCN). The chief software architect of QCN, Carl Christensen, and project leader, Elizabeth Cochran, presented their volunteer computing project at the Asia@home Hackfest in Taipei in March 2011.

March 23, 2011

What’s in the logbook of an old battleship? A treasure trove of precise data the Old Weather project can use to help climate scientists understand how our climate has changed.

January 28, 2011

The upcoming ISGC 2011 (International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2011) conference, in conjunction with OGF31 (Open Grid Forum), will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from 21 - 25 March 2011. Please visit here to register for this joint event. We welcome you to register before 28 February 2011 to enjoy the Early Bird rates!

December 1, 2010

While many of our readers were focusing on preparing for SuperComputing 2010, the World Community Grid celebrated its sixth birthday.

October 6, 2010


Link of the Week: Einstein@home bags a pulsar

Albert Einstein (c) Camera Press, K. of Ottawa

The Einstein@Home volunteer computing project, run on the BOINC platform to run distributed computing projects, usually   searches for gravity waves. (See previous iSGTW article.) However, a side project spotted a rare pulsar in radio observatory data.Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron stars; their rapid rotation causes the emission from the poles to sweep across the line-of-sight to the Earth, creating a periodic flash. Initially, most pulsars are energetic, rotating rapidly and emitting radiation in the X-ray region. But, over time, they “spin down;” many only emit at the frequency of radio waves.This summer, a person at a home computer spotted PSR J2007+2722, later confirmed by ground-based observatories.An article in the journal Science praised the efforts of citizen scientists, saying that “This result demonstrates the capability of 'consumer' comput

September 29, 2010

Video of the Week - A slice of the Citizen Cyberscience Summit

GridCast at CCS

Francois Grey
Catherine Gater
Becky Parker
Mark McAndrew
Hanny Van Arkel
Peter Amoako Yirenkyi

Earlier this month, citizens and scientists gathered for the London Citizen Cyberscience Summit. The event included content on a wide variety of topics, and the e-ScienceCast team (formerly known as GridCast) was there to see the action unfold. Watch interviews with a variety of attendees in this week's videos of the week.