2021/03/07

SSLOI #36

 

24 Apr 2021 Nebula progress report - Check out recent data analysis progress: Reobservation and drifting RFI via https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=85734#2074148

BOINC Workshop 2021, April 14, 21 & 28 https://www.boincworkshop.org/schedule

Mars 18, 2021 Oumuamua finally analyzed using a brilliant analysis https://youtu.be/hkZRUs8A_9Q 

March Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19   26 Mar 2021  - Summary: Beta testing is in progress for GPU work units, which can help speed up the process of identifying potential treatments for COVID-19. OPN Research team member Dr. Martina Maritan created an infographic about the project to help outline the full research process. Background : OpenPandemics - COVID-19 was created to help accelerate the search for potential COVID-19 treatments. The project also aims to build a fast-response, open source toolkit that will help all scientists quickly search for treatments in the event of future pandemics. In late 2020, the researchers announced that they had selected 70 compounds (from an original group of approximately 20,000) that could be promising to be investigated as potential inhibitors of the virus that causes COVID-19. Lab testing is currently underway for 25 of these compounds. https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=692

2021.03.23 SETI Institute Celebrates Women’s History Month https://www.seti.org/seti-institute-celebrates-womens-history-month

2021.03.21 Life Elsewhere in the Universe: When Did We First Consider the Possibility? https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/life-elsewhere-in-the-universe-when-did-we-first-consider-the-possibility

Pubblicazioni: SETI https//www.boincitaly.org/articoli/scienza-e-ricerca/2794-pubblicazioni-ast-fis-e-chim.html#seti

 

2020/11/20

SSLOI #35

SETI@home & SCIENCE LINKS ON IRC

#SETI #DistributedComputing #science #news #Covid19 #humor #music  

“Why a journey into space? Because science is now learning that the infinite reaches of our universe probably teem with as much life and adventure as Earth's own oceans and continents. Our galaxy alone is so incredibly vast that the most conservative mathematical odds still add up to millions of planets almost identical to our own — capable of life, even intelligence and strange new civilizations. Alien beings that will range from the fiercely primitive to the incredibly exotic intelligence which will far surpass Mankind. (The Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 8, 1966)” ― Gene Roddenberry 

04 Feb 2021 – January/February Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19 - Lab testing has begun for some of the promising compounds identified with the help of World Community Grid volunteers  https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=680

Feb. 4, 2021 - Square Kilometre Array: 'Lift-off' for world's biggest telescope https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55933958

Dec. 31, 2020 - Puerto Rico commits $8 million to rebuild Arecibo telescope https://www.engadget.com/puerto-rico-approves-8-million-to-rebuild-arecibo-telescope-155454170.html

Dec. 22, 2020 - The collapse of the Arecibo telescope was bad news for radio astronomy. The main impact on SETI@home is that we'll have to find other telescopes (e.g. Green Bank or FAST) to do reobservations. In the meantime, progress continues on Nebula.  https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=85662&postid=2064123

December 17 2020 Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19 - The project is coming closer to beginning lab testing on promising compounds, but there is still much work to do on World Community Grid. https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=674
 
NOV 11, 2020 - Why haven't we found alien life yet? Blame our closed minds https://astronomy.com/news/2020/11/why-havent-we-found-alien-life-yet-blame-our-closed-minds

Analyzing Video Footage Of Collapse of Massive Arecibo Telescope - Scott Manley - Dec 4, 2020 https://youtu.be/59WQIRvezzI

Dec 4, 2020 - Volunteering my phone to research Covid-19 while I sleep - BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-55131938
 
Dec 4, 2020 -  Puerto Rico: The moment the Arecibo Observatory telescope collapsed - BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-55181448
 
Dec 1, 2020 - Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses - BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55147973 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vchDbyIRP44
 
November 30, 2020 - (#503) Gearing Up For Hayabusa-2 Coverage : What Can Samples Returned Tell Us? - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAjdCtrp0a8 
 
November 30, 2020 - BBC News - One of biology's biggest mysteries 'largely solved' by AI https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55133972 "Predicting how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape has puzzled scientists for half a century. London-based AI lab, DeepMind, has largely cracked the problem, say the organisers of a scientific challenge."

November 19, 2020 - Iconic Puerto Rico telescope to be dismantled amid collapse fears https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55008567 NSF begins planning for decommissioning of Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope due to safety concerns https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=301674&s=03  Snapped Cable Damages Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope - Aug 13, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V3VCt24tkE&ab_channel=ScottManley   

Streamed live on Nov 4 and 5, 2020 - Day one of the Life in the Universe conference, featuring Bernard Fanaroff, Martin Rees, Pete Worden, Andrew Siemion, Sara Seager, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, and Michael Hecht is live at https://youtu.be/_cWspn8UZAs  Life in the Universe Symposium Day Two (Part One)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86rD6y8NQf0&ab_channel=BerkeleySETI  Life in the Universe Symposium - Day Two (Part Two)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ygz9V3BqfY&ab_channel=BerkeleySETI

2020 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Alien Life - Sep 25, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgESzc3hc2U&ab_channel=AmericanMuseumofNaturalHistory





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2020/08/16

SSLOI #34

SETI@home & SCIENCE LINKS ON IRC

#SETI #DistributedComputing #science #news #Covid19 #humor #music  

"On a finite world, a cosmic perspective isn't a luxury; it is a necessity." — Caleb Scharf (2014) 

What does the 2020 presidential election mean for space exploration? https://www.space.com/election-2020-space-policy-trump-biden

Unpredictable space radio bursts may stem from asteroids around magnetic stars https://www.space.com/fast-radio-bursts-from-asteroid-magnetars

The Vera Rubin Observatory Should be Able to Detect a Couple of Interstellar Objects a Month https://www.universetoday.com/148696/vera-rubin-should-be-able-to-detect-a-couple-of-interstellar-objects-a-month/

The Life Scientific - Neil Ferguson on modelling Covid-19 - BBC Sounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000mt0h
 

Search for New Worlds at Home With NASA’s Planet Patrol Project | NASA https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/search-for-new-worlds-at-home-with-nasa-s-planet-patrol-project/  Planet Patrol — Zooniverse https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/marckuchner/planet-patrol/ Citizen Science | Science Mission Directorate https://science.nasa.gov/citizenscience Projects — Zooniverse https://www.zooniverse.org/projects SciStarter https://scistarter.org

Enigmatic fast radio burst pinned on magnetised dead star - BBC News
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54815687
 
 
 
Gatekeepers in Science - BOINC Radio, 3rd Nov 2020 https://www.boinc.network/episode/gatekeepers-in-science
 
BOINC Stats - 27th Sep 2020, BOINC Radio https://www.boinc.network/episode/boinc-stats
 
2020/10/30 The User of the day site uotd.org seems to have been left to expire :/  #distributedcomputing #stats
 
OpenPandemics 29 Oct 2020  – COVID-19 coming close to first round of lab testing for potential treatments https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=661
 
Data center tour at team de Volksbank — IBM World Community Grid (BOINC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-XUYNMYqIs
 
October Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19, 22 Oct 2020 - The researchers recently submitted two papers for review, and are looking ahead to lab testing for potential treatments https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=658
 
LIFE BEYOND II: The Museum of Alien Life (4K) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThDYazipjSI #music LIFE BEYOND: Chapter 1. Alien life, deep time, and our place in cosmic history (4K) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUelbSa-OkA
 
Oct. 15, 2020 - The Search for E.T. - [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Hwuo4vPcyU[/url] How is the SETI Institute ramping up the search for extraterrestrial intelligence? Initiatives that will speed our reconnaissance of the heavens include new receivers, the use of the Very Large Array in New Mexico, and the possibility that astronomers could find massive artifacts near distant worlds. Hear Andrew Siemion and Seth Shostak discuss the latest SETI developments and [url=https://youtu.be/2Hwuo4vPcyU?t=1795]SETI@home  present status[/url].
 
October 6, 2020 - Who is the SETI Institute? - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS8JRkrj7XE You’ve heard about us. Maybe you’ve noticed we were mentioned in a blockbuster Hollywood movie or in a sitcom on TV. Perhaps you used to run SETI@home on your computer back in the day (for the record, we’d love to take credit, but that wasn’t us). If someone asked, what would you say about us? We invite you to join SETI Institute President and CEO Bill Diamond in a wide-ranging conversation with four leaders here at the SETI Institute about the ways we are exploring the universe, learning about life and intelligence, sharing what we discover and inspiring future generations.

Sept. 11, 2020 - SETI Institute and GNU Radio Join Forces - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQQfxtZCPqc The SETI Institute and GNU Radio are officially joining forces to continue work already underway for signal processing at the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array. Join our discussion with Steve Croft (SETI Institute) and Derek Kozel (GNU Radio). GNURadio@theATA - GNU Radio https://wiki.gnuradio.org/index.php/GNURadio@theATA
 
Astronomers Watch a Star Get Spaghettified by a Black Hole - Universe Today https://www.universetoday.com/148307/astronomers-watch-a-star-get-spaghettified-by-a-black-hole/

11 October 2030 - The Moon is the Perfect Spot for SETI - Universe Today https://www.universetoday.com/148146/the-moon-is-the-perfect-spot-for-seti/

 Oct. 7, 2020 - BBC News - Genome editing wins Nobel chemistry prize https//www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54432589

The Weirdly Nihilistic Reason Why Outer Space Is So Cold https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/deep-space/a29895696/how-cold-is-space/

Feb 7, 2020 - UFOs and Aliens – What Science Says | Donald Prothero | TEDxResedaBlvd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8bgRABGLFg

Sep 14, 2020 - Microsoft finds underwater datacenters are reliable, practical and use energy sustainably | Innovation Stories https://news.microsoft.com/innovation-stories/project-natick-underwater-datacenter/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBeepqQBpvU

16 Sep 2020 - AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund https://gene.disi.unitn.it/test/forum_thread.php?id=291&postid=1940#1940 https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/hpc-fund AMD is going to donate computing systems or cloud-based computing capacity as a part of the second round of its COVID-19 HPC Fund initiative. University of Trento, with the project we are supporting here, Gene@home, is involved:

17 September Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19 https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=648 The researchers and the World Community Grid tech team are continuing their work to get the project working on GPU.

OpenPandemics:COVID-19 — Update 7/20 – The Forli Lab https://forlilab.org/opn-update-7-20/?linkId=94724375 This is a (long overdue!) summary for all the volunteers, covering the virtual screening strategy and details about the SARS-CoV-2 targets that have been considered so far for the OpenPandemics: COVID-19 project. This is an ongoing work and more structures will be targeted and we will keep you updated on the new included structures and on the first results coming in as well.

Sept. 15, 2020 - "A Cosmic Perspective: Searching for Aliens, Finding Ourselves" with Jill Tarter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_MAD3j50Bk

Sept. 9,  2020 - A SETI Search of 10 Million Star Systems https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2020/09/09/a-seti-search-of-10-million-star-systems/

September 2, 2020 -  Breakthrough Initiatives - Reanalysis of Breakthrough Listen Data to Include Other Stellar Objects in the Field Produces Most Comprehensive SETI Search to Date https://breakthroughinitiatives.org/news/30

Vodafone becomes UK’s top contributor of computer processing power in war against #coronavirus COVID-19 on World Community Grid https://www.vodafone.com/news-and-media/vodafone-group-releases/news/vodafone-becomes-uks-top-contributor https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/team/viewTeamInfo.do?teamId=4TV1GFXXD2

 Hints of life spotted on Venus: researchers have found a possible biomarker on the planet's clouds : science https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/ismhzh/hints_of_life_spotted_on_venus_researchers_have/
 
8 Sep 2020 - Version 7.16.11 of the BOINC client software has been released for Mac OS and Windows. https://boinc.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=13958&postid=100654#100654 https://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php
 

 
TN-Grid
https://gene.disi.unitn.it/test/index.php
 

Vera Rubin: Super telescope's giant camera spies broccoli - how do you test the new sensor for the world's largest digital camera? You take a picture of broccoli, of course. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54066586
 
'Super bacteria' survives for three years outside space station - BBC News
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-54029521
 
BBC - Does the Rio Tinto river hold the key to life on Mars? http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200903-the-spanish-acidic-river-teaching-us-about-mars
 
A Movie of the Evolving Universe Is Potentially Scary - Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-movie-of-the-evolving-universe-is-potentially-scary/
 
The Dangers of Intellectual Territorialism: Narrow expertise has its value, but it’s also vital to let scientists step out of their “lanes” - Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-dangers-of-intellectual-territorialism/
 
Sept. 17th, 2020 - The 30th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony https://www.improbable.com/ig-about/the-30th-first-annual-ig-nobel-prize-ceremony/
 
BBC News - Elon Musk to show off working brain-hacking device

Your Cosmic Address Will Remind You How Huge the Universe Really Is | Travel + Leisure
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/earth-cosmic-address
 
The Many Worlds of Ann Druyan: Matriarch of the Cosmos - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXHw-5RLMTU
 
Aug 18, 2020 - New tool helps interpret future searches for life on exoplanets
https://www.nanowerk.com/news2/space/newsid=55928.php
 
"It's mutating, Jim." Hong Kong reports 'first case' of virus reinfection https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53889823 2020/08/24

Research group prints the first biologically correct 3D model of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
https://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/news-and-events/news/detail/news/touchable-corona-viruses-1/

This is the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 | inside corona https://insidecorona.net/for-the-public/

What does the Coronavirus really look like? | inside corona
https://insidecorona.net/what-does-the-coronavirus-really-look-like/
 
August Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19 launched in May, and the work has just begun. Learn more about the scientists' progress so far, as well as the collaborations that will help move the research forward in the coming weeks and months. https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=635
 
Exoplanet-hunter TESS completes its primary mission | Space | EarthSky
https://earthsky.org/space/exoplanet-hunter-tess-completes-primary-mission
 
How floating microbes could live in the acid clouds of Venus | Astronomy.com
https://astronomy.com/news/2020/08/how-floating-microbes-could-live-in-the-acid-clouds-of-venus
 
Arecibo down, but not necessarily out, following cable failure | Astronomy.com https://astronomy.com/news/2020/08/arecibo-down-but-not-necessarily-out-following-cable-failure Iconic observatory seen in James Bond film "GoldenEye" goes dark after massive telescope found mysteriously broken https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arecibo-observatory-james-bond-film-goldeneye-telescope-mysteriously-broken-puerto-rico/ Arecibo Observatory featured in Bond film "Goldeneye" shut down - CNN https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/12/us/arecibo-observatory-damaged-trnd-scn/index.html Real cause found: Boys with toys: "GoldenEye - The Dish " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HFkF8904Uw

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