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Free Wireless Band Gets FCC OK
narramissic writes "Last month the FCC conducted tests to determine whether mobile devices using a new US radio band (2,155 to 2,175 MHz) with free wireless service would cause significant interference with cell phones using a nearby band. Now, the results are in and in a report released Friday, the FCC concluded that 'the analysis shows that an AWS-1 and AWS-3 device operating in close proximity does not necessarily result in interference.' Still, T-Mobile accuses the FCC of basing its conclusions on new assumptions that weren't used when the tests took place. But at least one party is happy: M2Z praised the report, saying 'There is no longer any need for American consumers, the public interest and the FCC's regulatory process to be held hostage as it has been for the last five months by incumbent carriers... who have used unfounded claims of interference to disguise their intent to prevent the introduction of new broadband competition in the AWS-3 band.'"Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Microsoft's Ethical Guidelines
hankwang writes "Did you know that Microsoft has ethical guidelines? It's good to know that 'Microsoft did not make any payments to foreign government officials' while lobbying for OOXML, and that 'Microsoft conducts its business in compliance with laws designed to promote fair competition' every time they suppressed competitors. In their Corporate Citizenship section, they discuss how the customer-focused approach creates products that work well with those of competitors and open-source solutions. So all the reverse-engineering by Samba and OpenOffice.org developers wasn't really necessary."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The Quietest Sun
Orbity sends in a Boston Globe report on the unusual calm on the surface of the sun. The photos, many taken in more active solar times, are excellent — see the sequence from last year of a coronal mass ejection carrying away the tail of a comet. "The Sun is now in the quietest phase of its 11-year activity cycle, the solar minimum — in fact, it has been unusually quiet this year — with over 200 days so far with no observed sunspots. The solar wind has also dropped to its lowest levels in 50 years. Scientists are unsure of the significance of this unusual calm..." As if to be contrary, New Scientist mentions that the number of sunspots seem to be increasing.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Getting Hired As an Entry-Level Programmer?
An anonymous reader writes "I received a state university degree in Computer Science. After graduation, I immediately took jobs in QA to pay the bills while waiting for other opportunities, which of course turned out to be as naive as it sounds. I've been working QA for several years now and my resume does not show the right kind of work experience for programming. On the whole I'm probably no better as a a candidate than a CS graduate fresh out of college. But all of the job postings out in the real world are looking for people with 2-5 years of programming work experience. How do you build up those first 2 years of experience? What kinds of companies hire programmers with no prior experience?"Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Mysteries Swirl Around Cyclones At Saturn's Poles
Riding with Robots writes "New images of Saturn from the robotic spacecraft Cassini are shedding new light on monstrous storms that swirl at both poles of the ringed planet. 'These are truly massive cyclones, hundreds of times stronger than the most giant hurricanes on Earth,' said one mission scientist. Cumulus clouds twirl around the vortices, betraying the presence of giant thunderstorms lurking beneath. But the storms do not disturb the bizarre hexagonal cloud formation previously reported."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
President Signs Law Creating Copyright Czar
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "President Bush has signed the EIPRA (AKA the PRO-IP Act) and created a cabinet-level post of 'Copyright Czar,' on par with the current 'Drug Czar,' in spite of prior misgivings about the bill. They did at least get rid of provisions that would have had the DOJ take over the RIAA's unpopular litigation campaign. Still, the final legislation (PDF) creates new classes of felony criminal copyright infringement, adds civil forfeiture provisions that incorporate by reference parts of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, and directs the Copyright Czar to lobby foreign governments to adopt stronger IP laws. At this point, our best hope would appear to be to hope that someone sensible like Laurence Lessig or William Patry gets appointed."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
DIY Live Photos From ISS
leighklotz writes "The international amateur satellite organization AMSAT is reporting live reception of TV images directly from the orbiting ISS via the ARISS-SSTV project. The images are said to be preparations for the upcoming visit to the ISS by Richard Garriot (W5KWQ), which will provide images from space as part of the Windows on Earth project."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
10 Forces Guiding the Future of Scripting
CO2 To Fuel, Closing the "Carbon Loop"
leprasmurf writes "Inhabitat has posted an article detailing a recent announcement of a process to turn CO2 into fuel. The process, which used to be considered too energy inefficient, uses a multi-step, low pressure, and low temperature biocatalyst to break the CO2 into 'basic hydrocarbon building blocks.'"Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Repairing Genetic Mutations With Lasers?
Roland Piquepaille writes "German researchers at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) think they've proved that genetic information can be controlled by light. The group studied the interaction between the four DNA bases — adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T) — by using femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The researchers think that they've demonstrated that DNA strands differ in their light sensitivity depending on their base sequences. The team thinks that it might be possible in the future to repair gene mutations using laser radiation. One of the project leaders said that 'it might even be possible under some circumstances to make transistors from DNA that would work through the hydrogen bonds.' It's not the first time I've heard about DNA computing, but this new approach looks promising."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Microsoft Woos Developers Under the Silverlight
CWmike writes to tell us that with the impending release of their Silverlight 2.0 product, Microsoft is poised to enact the next phase of their plan, wooing developers and designers directly. Microsoft is funding a French open-source project designed to allow programmers to utilize the Eclipse framework to build Silverlight apps. "Microsoft is also releasing for free a set of programming templates called the Silverlight Control Pack under its Microsoft Permissive License, as well as the technical specification for Silverlight's Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) vocabulary via Microsoft's Open Specification Promise. The latter, said Goldfarb, should make it easier for would-be Silverlight developers."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
University Tries "One iPhone Per Student"
alphadogg writes to tell us that one freshman class has a little more than usual to be excited about. When students at Abilene Christian University showed up for their first days of class they were greeted with the choice of either a new iPhone 3g or an iPod Touch plus a package of custom web apps to use on them. "The hardware is part of the Texas university's pilot mobile learning project, which has been gestating for over a year. About 650 first-year students chose the iPhone, and about 300 the iPod Touch, which is a very similar device but without the 3G radio (both devices incorporate an 802.11g Wi-Fi adapter). ACU pays for the hardware, student (or their parents) select and pay for their monthly AT&T service plan."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Fallout 3 Gets Leaked, Goes Gold
Fallout 3 is due to be released in a few weeks, and Bethesda recently announced that all versions of the game have gone gold. They provided the systems specs for the PC release as well. Unfortunately for them, the Xbox 360 version was leaked onto torrent sites almost three weeks early. Bethesda is "looking into" how the game was distributed. In preparation for the launch, game director Todd Howard spoke at length with Gamasutra about the scope of the project, and the differences from their previous games, such as Oblivion. CrispyGamer recently ran a three-part series detailing their four hours of hands-on time with the game. We've previously looked at some gameplay videos for Fallout 3, and discussed the fact that no mod tools will ship with the game.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Bugs Delay Release of Debian Lenny
A. B. VerHausen writes to tell us that over 200 release-critical bugs continue to push back Debian Lenny's release date. Originally slated for a September release, there is still a long road to be traveled before Lenny sees the light of day. Project leader Steve McIntyre says they may consider dropping some packages for the release if they continue to cause problems, and while an end of October release is the goal, only time will tell.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Current Scientific Publishing Methods Problematic
A recent examination of current scientific publishing methods shows that they are problematic at best, treating the entire process like an economic system, with publishers as bidders at an auction, authors as sellers, and the community at large as consumers. "The authors then go on to discuss a variety of economic terms that they think apply to publishing, but the quality of the analogies varies quite a bit. It's easy to accept that the limited number of high-profile publishers act as an oligarchy and that they add value through branding. Some of the other links are significantly more tenuous. The authors argue that scientific research suffers from an uncertain valuation, but this would require that the consumers — the scientists — can't accurately judge what's significant. "Read more of this story at Slashdot.
BOINC Project News
Q&A;: John Hodgman on Perfecting the Illusion of Expertise
John Hodgman is an expert. At everything. (OK, maybe not sports.) But where he really excels is in creating the illusion of expertise — and not letting pesky facts intrude on that authority. From his first book, a compendium of faux trivia aptly titled The Areas of My Expertise, to his fiction-spewing shtick on The Daily Show to his role as the bloviating PC in those Mac ads, Hodgman handles the most obscure subjects with an aura of invincible confidence. The fact that it's fake? All the funnier. Hodgman talks to Wired about his latest book, More Information Than You Require (out in October), and his new area of bona fide expertise: being semi-famous.
Wired: Is your character on The Daily Show the same person narrating your books? Or, for that matter, the PC in your Mac ads?
Hodgman: I should clarify at this point: I'm not that John Hodgman. There's a guy who goes on The Daily Show claiming to be me. And there's a guy who goes on the Mac ads claiming to be me.
Wired: You should sue!
Hodgman: No, I would say that the Resident Expert on The Daily Show is all me, or at least a heightened aspect of myself. Aside from finding humor in the deadpan descriptions of things precisely as they are, I just veer off into the fantastic and the absurd.
Wired: And that has made you slightly famous.
Hodgman: Well, I always had this desire to celebrate and somehow be a part of things that I thought were really great. When I wrote about Battlestar Galactica for The New York...
Oct. 13, 1884: Greenwich Resolves Subprime Longitude Crisis
1884: Geographers and astronomers adopt Greenwich as the Prime Meridian, the international standard for zero degrees longitude.
The late 19th century was an era of standardization. With the Second Industrial Revolution stimulating world trade, the Treaty of the Meter established the International System of weights and measures in 1875. With railroads linking together entire continents, nations were replacing hundreds (or even thousands) of diverging local times with a system of hour-wide time zones. (The United States adopted its zones in 1883.)
Amid all this, navigation at sea -- and the charting of stars in the heavens --
often remained a matter of local, national or even religious preference. Maps might be based on longitude east or west of Jerusalem, Saint Petersburg, Rome, Pisa, Copenhagen (think Tycho Brahe, Oslo, Paris, Greenwich (just east of central London), El Hierro (in the Canary Islands), Philadelphia (former U.S. capital) and Washington, D.C. These divergent reference meridians -- representing a mixture of astronomical, theological and maritime power -- ranged over 112 degrees of longitude.
You could do the math, but that meant you did the math. These were the days before computers and even the bulkiest of mechanical calculators. Got abacus?
Many state boundaries in the U.S. West were determined by the Washington Meridian, which then ran through the Old Naval Observatory in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. But an 1850 law established its use "for...
Obama v. McCain: The Wired Scorecard
What do Barack Obama and John McCain say, and what have they done, about policies that matter to Wired? Here are descriptions and analysis on five issues: Broadband, H1B Issues, Investment in Green Tech, Net Neutrality, Spectrum. They may or may not come up in Wednesday?s third and final debate. But that doesn?t mean you have to be uninformed or apathetic.
Microscope-On-a-Chip Is One Step Closer to the Tricorder
: Photo: Dave Bullock/Wired.com
LOS ANGELES, California ? In the very near future, drawing blood may be obsolete. Instead, implants will be able to image your blood and monitor it constantly.
This is because scientists at Caltech have squeezed a microscope onto a computer chip not much larger than a dime. And that?s just the demo unit.
Shrinking a standard microscope to this size is practically impossible due to the layers of optics involved, but Caltech professor Changhuei Yang decided to skip the optics altogether and put microscopic samples almost directly onto a photo sensor chip ? just like the one found in your cheap point-and-shoot.
The microscope-on-a-chip uses standard, off-the-shelf hardware sensors with a clever modification ? pixels on the sensor are forced to only look through microscopic holes, which allows the chip to image very tiny things. The standard hardware makes future mass production cheap and easy and Yang?s lab is already working to create a small batch of iPod-size prototypes. He hopes to have working units in doctor's hands in a year or two, with full production in five5 years.
In addition to the handheld devices, Yang envisions blood- monitoring implants that provide instant health warnings and diagnoses. Click through the gallery to learn exactly how this ingenious invention works.
A working sample of the microscope-on-a-chip placed next to a dime shows how small it actually is. The part that does most of the work is the...
'Children in Need' Could Unite All Surviving Doctor Whos
Reports claim the seven surviving actors who played The Doctor will reunite for this year's BBC 'Children in Need' telethon. That means David Tennant and Peter Davision would join Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Sylvestor McCoy, Paul Mcgann and Christopher Eccleston for a reunion fans thought was impossible.
Q&A;: 'World of Warcraft' Lead Producer J. Allen Brack
During Blizzcon Wired chats with with J. Allen Brack, Wow's lead producer, to discuss the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion, where the game goes from here, and the title's Deathknight class, an addition many fans see as the latest example in Blizzard's new-found desire to homogenize their once unimpeachable games.
U.S. Game Designer Hurtles into Space With DNA Cargo
An American computer game designer -- along with two crewmates and the digitized DNA sequences of some of the world's most famous minds -- reached space Sunday.
Spies Launch 'Cyber-Behavior' Investigation
In effort to get a handle on wannabe spies' cyber behaviors, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence hands out $800,000 to researchers to figure out whether hopping on World of Warcraft or Facebook "suggests an unwillingness to abide by rules."
The Prisoner's Sonic Shadow Looms Large
Four decades after its short run concluded in controversy, Patrick McGoohan's brilliant sci-fi miniseries The Prisoner remains one of television's most influential shows. But its speculative tentacles reach deeper, inspiring user-generated music videos as well
as songs from artists as varied as The Rolling Stones and Wagon Christ.
Power Ascender: Ballsy Tool Yanks People, Equipment up Walls
What it is: Atlas Power Ascender
What it's used for: Rapidly pulling people and their gear up the side of a building or canyon
The prototype of the Power Ascender was not easy to use. The battery-powered, waist-mounted climbing assistant yanked people up a dangling rope at a blistering 10 feet per second — almost 7 mph — fast enough to snap their limbs back. So Atlas, a company run by four mechanical engineers outside Boston, set the maximum speed to a more reasonable 5 feet per second and added a variable- speed trigger like on a power drill. Now customers — such as US military personnel — simply clip the 25-pound device onto a climbing harness, push any nonbraided rope through the top, and let it fly. Inside the gizmo, a network of grippers scurries up the line and ensures that it threads cleanly out the side. The Ascender's 10-kilowatt output can lift up to 350 pounds, which is no easy task. "Having that much power that close to your crotch is a huge engineering challenge," says Atlas' Bryan Schmid, "and frankly a bit risky." Sounds pretty ballsy.
Hands On: 'Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep'
Birth By Sleep, the upcoming PSP entry in the Kingdom Hearts series, reminded me of why I like this Square Enix/Disney crossover in the first place. Beating things up with a giant key is fun.
Nintendo DS Steals the Tokyo Game Show
At the Tokyo Game Show, it's the year of the Nintendo DS. With more than 23 million units sold in Japan alone, and an updated version of the hardware called the DSi on the way next month, there isn't a gamemaker at the show that isn't preparing one or more big-budget games for DS.
Video: 192 Lasers, Nuclear Weapons, and Fusion Power
Wired Science visits the high-security National Ignition Facility, which Department of Energy scientists hope will help manage the American nuclear weapons stockpile and provide the key to harnessing fusion power.
Inside Operation Highlander: NSA's Wiretapping of Americans Overseas
A top secret NSA wiretapping facility accused of wiretapping innocent Americans abroad was hastily staffed with inexperienced reservists in the months following September 11, where they worked under conflicting orders and with little supervision, according to three former workers at spy complex.
VeriSign, ICANN Square Off Over DNS Root
As the U.S. government starts the process of closing a major net vulnerability, two longtime net infrastructure rivals -- the non-profit ICANN and for-profit VeriSign -- are battling over who will compile and verify the net's most important document. Internet experts give the nod to ICANN and bring up VeriSign's greedy past.
What's On Your CSS Wishlist?
Cascading Style Sheets are a key component to presenting content on web pages. But the standard, now more than ten years old, has its limits. If you had your say in the discussion to improve CSS, what would you ask for?
Underground Whispering Campaign Could Undermine McCain
An e-mail circulating online that looks like a revealing personal account of a vacation taken with John McCain could undermine his image of an upright character since a lot of people appear to believe unverified information forwarded to them by their friends.
Climate Models Trump Financial Models Phew!
While earth scientists and investment bankers both employ data-heavy computer models, climate models are on much firmer ground than their shaky financial counterparts.
How to Camp With Less Gear
With all the gear you pack up for your camping trip, sometimes you forget what camping is all about. These hardcore tips from Les Stroud of TV's Survivorman should strip us back down to just the essentials and get us back to nature.
South African Electric Car the Crown Joule of Paris Auto Show
On the 15th anniversary of Nelson Mandela receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, South Africa is gaining attention for another world-friendly achievement: This time, it's an electric car from Cape Town-based Optimal Energy.
Real Ad Men Talk About Mad Men
Every week on AMC TV's Mad Men, the men and women at Sterling Cooper create and design retro 1960s ad campaigns, all while obsessively chain-smoking, drinking and womanizing. Wired.com asks a real-world ad man about the show?s realism and relevance to the advertising industry today.
'Doctor Who' No. 1 Gal Pal Shares Secrets of Sarah Jane's Success
Actress Elisabeth Sladen has played The Doctor's companion at various times since the '70s, becoming the lovable British equivalent of sci-fi legends like William Shatner or Leonard Nimoy. The star of hit Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures talks with Wired.com about developing the character over the years.
Windows 7 Will Be Less Annoying Than Vista
Microsoft says it is scaling back the frequency of User Account Control, or UAC, prompts in the next version of Windows. The prompt system, which continually asks users to allow or deny certain actions, is widely seen as an annoyance and is regarded as one of Vista's worst features.
Wal-Mart's DRM Nightmare Just Won't End
Wal-mart has pledged to continue supporting all the digital rights management-infected music it sold to unwitting consumers over the past five years. Unfortunately for the retail giant, it could be haunted by Microsoft's failed DRM system for years to come.
Army Orders Pain Ray Trucks; New Report Shows 'Potential for Death'
After years of testing, the Active Denial System -- the pain ray which drives off rioters with a microwave-like beam -- could finally have its day. The Army is buying five of the truck-mounted systems for $25 million. But the energy weapon may face new hurdles, before it's shipped off to the battlefield; a new report details how the supposedly non-lethal blaster could be turned into a flesh-frying killer.
Wall Street plunges, continuing devastating losses
The devastating selling continues on Wall Street, with investors again dumping stocks in early trading. The Dow Jones industrials, already down 2,271 points in seven sessions, are down more than 300 after dropping nearly 700.
Scientists: Virginia Shark's Pup a 'Virgin Birth'
Scientists have confirmed the second case of a "virgin birth" in a shark. In a study reported Friday in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female Atlantic blacktip shark in the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center contained no genetic material from a male.
Tutorial: Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
Join Webmonkey as we offer a comprehensive introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the powerful photo editing application for professionals and serious amateurs. Lightroom helps you make the most of your DSLR camera, giving you a "digital darkroom" for organizing, tweaking and exporting your RAW image files, producing stunning results along the way.
Flash Clickjacking Vulnerability Exposes Webcams and Mics
Click once in the wrong site and hackers will be able to both see and hear you through your own webcam and mic. The vulnerability is caused by clickjacking, a method of highjacking your mouse clicks. Creepy? We'll show you how to avoid it.
Review: 'Resident Evil: Degeneration' Takes the Zip Out of Zombie Movies
The CG-animated flick doesn't bring anything special to the popular horror videogame franchise. If anything, the latest game trailer looks better than this boring puppet show.
Project News Sep 24, 2008
By the way... SETI@home just received its billionth result using BOINC - thanks to everybody who donated their computing power to help us reach this incredible milestone!
Project News Sep 16, 2008
The Planetary Society presents a radio interview with Dan Werthimer: "Astropulse: A New Way for E.T. to Phone Home"
Project News Aug 25, 2008
New article from The Planetary Society: "Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T."
Project News Aug 25, 2008
The Foundation for Computational Learning and Science is performing a survey of BOINC users. The survey asks BOINC client users about their demographic data, level of education, income, project participation, level of interest, suggestions for improvement, and technical data related to their computers running BOINC. If you would like to participate the survey is here.
Project News Sep 25, 2008
We have completed processing the S5R3 workunits. S5R3 was the first search
using the combined F-stat plus Hough method, which is currently the
most sensitive search technique that is known. This search used approximately one year of data
from LIGO's first science run (S5) at design sensitivity.
The S5R3 post-processing is being led by Dr. Maria Alessandra Papa,
one of the inventors of the search technique.
Project News Aug 5, 2008
The server upgrade is mostly complete, and we are now distributing work for our new search, S5R4a. If your personal BOINC installation has behaved strangely in the past days, please be patient. In most cases this will now sort itself out. We still need to track down a few remaining issues: some of the project PHP pages are not working entirely as they should, and there have been some performance problems with the web pages. Hopefully these will be resolved in the next few days.
Project News Aug 1, 2008
Work on Einstein@Home will continue through the weekend and will be finished some time on Monday Aug 4. A news item will be posted when all the work is finished.
Project News Jul 28, 2008
The Einstein@Home project will be shutdown for approximately one day starting some time after 1700 UTC Friday. Leading up the project downtime we might not have enough work to send out to everyone as we are near the end of our S5R3 analysis. During the outage we will be upgrading the hardware for the main project server and starting the new S5R4 analysis run with a new dataset.
Your patience is appreciated.
Project News 11/02/07
The Brooks Research Group will be relocating to the University of Michigan. The current Predictor@Home site will remain open until December. After that there will be a down time while we transfer people and resources to Ann Arbor Michigan. We hope to be up again some time after January 1, 2008.
Project News 09/14/07
There are a few targets were we did not get a good sample. I have created more results for those targets and queued up the jobs..
Project News 08/14/07
We are almost finished with our first set of targets. These targets are from the most recent CASP. The next step is to take a look at all the data and compare it to the CASP data. This will allow is to know where we are. Then we can make changes and see if the models improve. Looking at our current rate we should distribute the last targets from this set sometime this week. There will be some down time while we analyze all the structures you have computed for us. Thank You to every one who has helped us.
Project News 07/30/07
Please check to see if your client is running a t0293 result. If it is at 0% done please reset your client.
Project News Sept 14, 2008
We are currently participating to the first competition for modeling the structure of an important biological receptor. This protein is much larger than all the targets submitted so far and the calculation should last around 3 hours per model on a normal machine. The jobs start with 'AA2A.' If you have a short run time preference and you notice these jobs running past it, please do not abort them.
Project News Sept 8, 2008
The Italian translation of this site is now available thanks to Manuel L, Drake VC, boboviz, Venturini D, and Ducati 749 of the BOINC.Italy team.
Project News Aug 5, 2008
The minirosetta application has been updated to version 1.32. Release information is available in this post. Please report problems in this thread.
The recent down time was due to our fileservers crashing. We are still looking into the cause.
Project News June 25, 2008
The rosetta application has been updated to version 5.98. This version includes a bug fix for the stalled client issue. Please report problems in this thread.
Project News Oct 14, 2008
The switchover only took 15 mins and everything should be back up and running now - and running 4 times as fast too
Project News Oct 12, 2008
Tuesday the 14th from 10:00 UTC the website will be offline while the router that handles external networking
is replaced in order to upgrade to a faster connection from a new ISP. Initial estimates say that the connection should be stable again at
17:00 UTC but the actual time depends on how fast DNS servers around the world will pick up our new IP address.
Short version: Website will be down Tuesday, hopefully up again for more BURPing by Wednesday.
Project News Aug 09, 2008
The webserver was unexpectedly offline today from about 10:00 UTC to 21:00 due to a human error introduced in the
firewall rules while updating the server software. Over the next few weeks you may see similar sporadic downtime or interrupted
connections as the development platform for the beta system is being installed and tested.
Project News Jul 05, 2008
If you have received spam appearing to originate from our servers or linking to our servers please
have a look at this forum thread about
the recent spambot activity.
Project News Jul 23, 2007
Orbit@Home Selected for Funding by NASA
We're pleased to announce that this project has been selected
for funding by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Our proposal was submitted in response to the Applied Information
Systems Research (AISR) element of the Research Opportunities in Space
and Earth Science 2006 solicitation. Approximately 160 proposals
were submitted in response to this solicitation, representing a
potential over-subscription of the nominal budget by more than a
factor of six.
This funding will provide partial support for this project for the next three years,
allowing us to acquire the required computer hardware
and to get started with the software development, focusing on two
Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs) research areas:
1) develop a search strategy for NEAs surveys that maximizes the volume covered
in the space of the orbital elements of the NEAs;
2) demonstrate the applicability and advantages of using
distributed computing to monitor the impact hazard posed by NEAs to the Earth.
We plan to start releasing clients for all the major platforms, and
the relative work units, by the end of 2007.
Project News May 29, 2007
We are updating the system to the latest version of BOINC. The server may be down for limited periods.
Project News February 26, 2007
We have finally some news. Good news. We're going to receive a very substantial donation sometime in the next four months, that will allow this project to reach the public beta phase, with support for clients for Linux/Mac OS X/Windows, new work units generated on a daily basis, and a graphical screen saver. Before then, we're going to update the orbit@home website, implementing a donation mechanism and exploring new ways to provide the funding for the project. Your ideas are welcome! One more thing: we're going to re-open for registration by new users. Welcome to the regenerated orbit@home!
Project News November 27, 2006
We have updated the network configuration. Please report any connection problem to the forum.
Other Project News
New Workunits: the calculation of similarities and features of the new sequences, that were imported from protein databases into SIMAP in september, will start in the evening (UTC) of october 1st.
New Workunits: One week earlier than expected we could prepare the new workunits for the 2 million environmental sequences from the preprocessing batches. The calculation of these workunits will therefore already start in the evening (UTC) of august 24th. Additional workunits have been prepared for the calculation of similarities and features of the 400.000 new sequences, that were imported from the databases PDB, GenBank, ENSEMBL and Uniprot in august 2008.
No more workunits in August: The workunits for the preprocessing of the new environmental sequences caused several problems. The most serious issue is that some of the workunits had huge result files that had to be uploaded. For that reason we will not distribute the remaining workunits of this type, but crunch them locally on our servers. The integration of the preprocessed sequences into the main SIMAP database will then be prepared. It will be part of the next batch, starting on September 1st.
New Workunits: The calculation of similarities and features of the new sequences, that were imported from the databases PDB, RefSeq and Uniprot in july 2008, will start in the evening (UTC) of next monday, august 4th. Additional workunits will contain sequences from approx. 100 new environmental sequencing projects. With the new calculation period we will limit the number of workunits in progress to max. 30 per CPU, in order to distribute the work more homogeneously. We hope this limitation will work properly, for feedback and reporting problems with it, please use our message boards.