I am pleased to introduce our first Boing Boing Gadgets intern/research thrall, Mr. Brian Copeland, hereafter to be known only as "Copeland." His first task is to start getting some of these prizes in place for our C@H team. There are more to come. Time to take back first place!
For those of you interested in a little computational charity, Boing Boing Gadgets has started a team over at Cosmology@Home. (One we sort have neglected for a month or so. Sorry about that!) Professor Ben Wandelt has some science smut to describe what the team is computing for now:
The goal of Cosmology@Home is to search for the model that best describes our Universe and to find the range of models that agree with the available astronomical and particle physics data. In order to achieve this goal, participants in Cosmology@Home (i.e. you!) will compute the observable predictions of millions of theoretical models with different parameter combinations. We will use the results of your computations to compare all the available data with these models.
As an incentive for donating your CPU's time, we're offering 25 randomly selected members of the team a GelaSkin for your iPod/iPhone, along with one to accessorize that laptop (color coordinating is extremely important, after all). To sign up, follow the instructions on Cosmology@Home's main site, then search for team "boing boing." Winners will be picked Friday.