Home computers to search for tangoing pulsars

The idle time of hundreds of thousands of computers will be put to work to look for pulsars orbiting black holes or other neutron stars. The search, part of a distributed computing program called Einstein@Home, could turn up extreme pairs of astrophysical objects that could put general relativity to the most stringent tests yet.
Modelled after SETI@Home, which searches for signals from intelligent extraterrestrial civilisations, the project harnesses the idle time on the computers of some 200,000 volunteers to hunt for evidence of gravitational waves.

Full article by Rachel Courtland on NewScientist



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