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If you're teaching kids how to code, what do you do to show that software makes an impact in the real world? MIT has a clever idea: a robot garden. The project lets you control a grid of Arduino-linked "plants" through programming that makes them blossom and light up in pretty (and occasionally...

February 18th 2015 at 4:58pm 0 Comments
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With smartphones packing so much processing power these days, HTC reckons we can combine them all to do some meaningful number crunching à la SETI@home and Folding@home. We're talking about curing diseases (AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's and more) as well as searching for alien life. As such, th...

February 24th 2014 at 10:41am 0 Comments
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If you've ever wanted to help out with a scientific research project but lack the PhD credentials, there's now a much simpler way: all you need is a decent Android device and a new app called BOINC. Similar to projects such as Folding@Home for laptops and desktops, the app harnesses your mobile de...

July 23rd 2013 at 4:49am 0 Comments
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Stanford's Quake-Catcher Network has been up and running since early 2008, but it looks like it's just now starting to reach the critical mass of users that's essential for its success. As you may be aware, the software takes advantage of the accelerometers built into many new laptops to watch for...

March 15th 2010 at 10:21pm 0 Comments
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Finally getting the street cred that its creators have so long desired, the multi-platform, distributed computing network known as Folding@Home is to be recognized by Guinness World Records. According to the group, the network is now the most powerful distributed computing cluster in the world. The...

October 31st 2007 at 11:45pm 0 Comments
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It's been a bit since we did one of our big Sunday night Folding@Home events, but it's clear that you guys haven't been slacking off when it comes to Folding. One of our users sent us an e-mail recently pointing out that PS3 Fanboy has broken into the top 300 teams on the Folding@Home website. We a...

May 21st 2007 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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It's no secret that the Apple TV is just a stripped-down Intel Mac running a lightly-tweaked version of OS X, so simply getting an app to run on the system isn't really a big deal -- we've seen full installs of OS X running on the device at this point. On the other hand, if you're just using the App...

May 18th 2007 at 9:16pm 0 Comments
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Last week's announcement that the PlayStation 3 has nearly doubled the computing power of Stanford University's Folding@home project reminded us: We're delinquent in reminding you to turn on your PS3s at 8pm every Sunday night to participate in the Foldathon. If you're going to be joining us for a...

April 29th 2007 at 7:40pm 0 Comments