I’ve been a member of [email protected] since 2001. For years my PC’s have been churning away at the work units the project hurls in my direction through good times and bad until those PC’s died in 2009. Recently, I’ve started up the processing once again with a view to adding more PC’s from the Starship Bridge to the project.
[email protected] is a scientific experiment, based at UC Berkeley, that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
There are plenty of add-ons to keep you happily occupied too such as SETISpirit. This even has a sky map with a database full of interesting information about the various constellations your current Work Unit was received from. Marvelously geeky!
Granted, we still haven’t found anything but the universe is a very big place and there’s lot’s of data to process. A new project is feeding data into [email protected] called Breakthrough Listen. It involves significant investment and a more targeted approach to signal scanning. It’s an exciting time to start taking part even if you took a break for however long.
Simply sign up to the [email protected] project and download the BOINC client. Then, if you’d like (and I’d like you to very much) please join the StarfleetComms [email protected] team and let’s see what we can all achieve. Bear in mind, that even when you join a team all credits you earn are still yours. They just get duplicated into the team total. If you leave a team to join another the old credits stay with the original team and any new credits you earn get duplicated into the new team. You don’t lose any credits at all, you simply get another set of numbers to watch as they increase. It’s a win win as they say. Yay!