Category Archives: Research at Home

2018 Top Pics in Undervalued Cryptocurrencies: Gridcoin (GRC)

Gridcoin compensates the coin miners (researchers) for participating in BOINC projects that may lead to advances in medicine, biology, mathematics, science, climatology, particle and astrophysics, thus providing real benefits to humanity. Gridcoin compensates researchers for contributing computational power towards BOINC research using an energy-efficient Proof-of-Stake process, instead of generating heat and using computational power for a Proof-of-Work algorithm. Gridcoin differs from other scientific cryptocurrencies in its ability to support many different kinds of scientific projects and is only limited by what is currently broadcast over the BOINC […]

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Currently-running all-sky gravitational wave search

In order to run a new gravitational wave search on LIGO open data, we are putting the ongoing all-sky gravitational wave search on hold. In part this is because some questions have surfaced related to the de-jittering used in the preparation of the LIGO O2 data. These must first be understood. We will of course make the fullest possible use of the results obtained so far. Bruce Allen, Einstein@Home Director M.Alessandra Papa, Lead Scientist for gravitational-wave searches

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GDPR: restricting access to project statistics downloads

Hi everyone, we’d like to announce that we’re going to disable anonymous access to our project statistics downloads, becoming effective tomorrow, June 14th at 15:00 CEST. The reasoning behind this move is the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its obligation concerning the publication of personal information of our users. We’ve discussed this matter with our community beforehand and found a way that seems to be acceptable for most. Fear not, the following services and projects already registered individual access accounts with us and will […]

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Certificate update – please update old BOINC clients

Due to Google removing trust for Symantec certificates, we need to update our SSL certificate. This will happen on Monday (Apr 16). The new certificate will ensure compatibility with new webbrowsers, but BOINC clients older than v7.4 may no longer be able to connect. If at all possible, please update your BOINC client. If you are deliberately using an older BOINC client, please ensure that the “ca-bundle.crt” file is updated (instructions will be issued). Behind the scenes we are trying to get a certificate that works with […]

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Project downtime on Tue Jan 23rd

Hi everyone, We are going to shut down the project next Tuesday, Jan 23rd at around 10 AM CET for an upgrade of our database backend systems to make them ready for the years to come. We’re going to upgrade hardware parts, operating systems as well the databases themselves, which is why we need to shut down the entire project, including the BOINC backend and this very website. Generally you don’t have to do anything at your end. Your BOINC client will temporarily pause fetching new tasks […]

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Project downtime 2018-01-30

Update: due to an unrelated hardware problem at our Milwaukee site we need to extend this brief downtime to the entire project, not just the website. The other facts stated remain the same. Oliver One minor update was not implemented, but it only deals with the E@H Web site. On Tuesday 2018 January 30th at 1430 UTC the Web site will be down for about 30 minutes. That is 1530 CET for Central Europe and 0930 EST for east coast North America. The project will continue to […]

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Einstein@Home discovers first millisecond pulsar visible only in gamma rays

Einstein@Home has found two previously unknown rapidly rotating neutron stars in data from the Fermi gamma-ray space telescope. While all other such millisecond pulsars have also been observed with radio telescopes, one of the two discoveries is the first millisecond pulsar detectable solely through its pulsed gamma-ray emission. The findings raise hopes of detecting other new millisecond pulsars, e.g., from a predicted large population of such objects towards the center of our Galaxy. Read more in this joint press release by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational […]

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Happy New Year from Einstein@Home!

Dear Volunteers, I want to thank you for your continuing contributions to Einstein@Home, and to wish all of you a healthy and happy 2018. The past year has seen several important steps forward, including publication of the first results from Einstein@Home searches inadvanced LIGO data, and the discovery of many new gamma ray pulsars in data from the Fermi satellite. More broadly, the LIGO and Virgo detectors had a wonderful finale to their second observing run: the simultaneous observation of gravitational and electromagnetic waves from the inspiral […]

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Online questionnaire about citizen science and volunteer computing

Please help Lo Lee, a first-year doctoral student from Library and Information Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by filling in an online survey about Einstein@Home and BOINC. Lo Lee is doing a project on citizen science that aims to assess to what extent citizen science can be designed as an inclusive online learning environment to embrace volunteer diversity. The findings from this project will be submitted to academic conferences, might be published in scientific papers, and could also help us improve Einstein@Home by finding out […]

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Three new Einstein@Home papers

Three papers full of new Einstein@Home science are available now on the arXiv preprint server. First low-frequency Einstein@Home all-sky search for continuous gravitational waves in Advanced LIGO data describes our first results from a search in data from the first observation run “O1” of the Advanced LIGO instruments. We did not detect any signals, but our upper limits are the most stringent achieved to date. Our result paper is accompanied by two papers describing innovative methods used in the search.  An adaptive clustering procedure for continuous gravitational […]

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