Friday, September 24, 2010

Bucket list: citizen science

Back in June I wrote a post about my Test Engineer Bucket List.  One of the items on that list was "Develop a test system that measures a fundamental aspect of the universe."  I think I've found an indirect way to scratch that particular itch: citizen science.

In the August issue of Dr. Dobb's I read an article about a recent success of the Einstein@home project: a new pulsar.  Very cool.  Also, in the June issue of Wired there's an article listing six different astronomical projects - also very cool.

I doubt any of these projects would give me a rush like building a calorimeter that sat inside the beamline at Fermilab, but it could still be fun.  Maybe I'll discover a black hole.

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