If you are not familiar with the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Networked Computing, aka BOINC, then hopefully it is because you devote your spare processing power to Folding@Home. If you are still unfamiliar, it is a way to divvy up huge data sets and associated calculations to numerous local clients, install by volunteers who are willing to donate spare processing cycles; the most famous is SETI@Home.
The story at the The Register describes something similar, though instead of performing the calculations, you would capture the data. The idea is to utilize the radio receivers in mobile devices and software defined radio kits to capture the mysterious fast radio bursts that astronomers have detected emanating from far off galaxies. The researchers have a lot of work ahead of them as the 1GHz signals can be swamped by terrestrial sources and the periodicity of the signals is not clear. It will be interesting to watch how this project unfolds.
"Friends, take out your mobiles in the name of science! Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics are trying to look for fast radio bursts in the Milky Way galaxy with “low-cost radio receivers.” And by that, they mean, your smartphones."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins @ The Register
- The Asus Tinker Board (Updated) @ Hack a Day
- Gabe Newell isn't really here @ Polygon
- Oracle's ongoing war with Google could bring the software industry to its knees @ The Inquirer
- Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done @ The Register
- IBM's Watson Dons a Suit and Tie @ Hardware Secrets