Advancing and expanding Help Fight Childhood Cancer research
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
jeudi 3 juillet 2014 00:15

Dr. Nakagawara, the lead researcher for Help Fight Childhood Cancer, provides an update on his continued efforts to advance his neuroblastoma drug candidate discovery, his transition to a new role and his hopes for expanding his research on World Community Grid to other pediatric cancers.

New user and gold badge surveys online
Source:  Wildlife@Home
jeudi 3 juillet 2014 00:19

Hi Everyone! Our biologists have been really interested in getting some more information about our users so we can make the website better and more informational. Users who haven't gotten a gold badge for watching video yet can take our new user survey which has a couple questions about where you live and what you do, which should only take a minute or two to complete. There's a second more in-depth survey for after you've gotten a gold badge so we can get some more information for people who have used the site a bit. It's another quick one. Right now, there'll be a link in the navbar when there's a survey available, and also a link on top of the video watching page. They'll disappear after you take the survey. If this is annoying, please let me know and we can come up with a better solution -- we just don't want people to miss taking the survey as we could really use the information to help improve the website. If you have any suggestions and/or improvements for the survey pages, please let us know! thanks! --Travis

New tutorial video
Source:  Wildlife@Home
mercredi 2 juillet 2014 23:28

Hi Everyone, Becca's given me a new tutorial video, hope you enjoy it! It's also in the video tutorial thread here:

Short writeup on computer vision efforts
Source:  Wildlife@Home
mercredi 2 juillet 2014 21:08

Hi Everyone, Kyle's written a brief description of what he's been doing with the work units we've been generating for automated detection of the wildlife, you can find it here: And it's linked from the video site selection page and on the front page. Let us know if you have any questions, and anything you'd like more details about! I'll also be uploading another training video from Becca today; and we'll also be putting up a brief survey to get a little more information about our volunteers so we can make the site better and provide better information and updates about the science we're doing here. cheers, --Travis

Revised policy for Shipping T-shirts Internationally
Source:  Milkyway@home
jeudi 3 juillet 2014 17:13

Hello everyone, There has been a recent change in our policy regarding shipping T-shirts internationally. We previously required an extra $100 dollar donation for international addresses. However, due to our recent experience with sending T-shirts international, we have decided that this is no longer necessary. It costs us about $12 more to mail internationally than in the United States, plus we have to fill out a customs form, but we have found a convenient way to mail without running to the post office. While we would appreciate an additional donation for international shipping addresses, we will no longer require it. Unfortunately, the web form for credit card donations still says the additional $100 donation is required. You can ignore that and just type in the size requested. As before, the sizes available are adult Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge, or XXXLarge Thank you all for your continuing support, -Sidd

Fundraiser Progress
Source:  Milkyway@home
mercredi 2 juillet 2014 21:24

Hey Everyone, Our current progress for the fundraiser is $11,505.22, which is a little over a quarter of the way there! We have already sent out 18 T-shirts! A big thank you to everyone who contributed from myself and the MilkyWay@home team! Due to the large influx of donations, it will take some time to update the profiles for users who wish to have a special contribution badge appear. Therefore, I ask for some patience in that regard. Thank you all for your continuing support, Sidd

PayPal and other options
Source:  Milkyway@home
mardi 1 juillet 2014 20:51

Hello All, Many of you have asked about paypal and other donation methods. To address these concerns, Professor Heidi Newberg asked me to post the following on her behalf: I would like to answer some of your posts. I am aware of the problem with not having a direct Paypal giving option. I prefer to use Paypal myself. Until the university wakes up to this as an important option, the only thing I can do is offer my personal Paypal account as an option. I will donate all of your donations back to MilkyWay@home. It will not be US tax deductible, but that is not a problem for donors who do not reside in the US. You can send to Heidi Newberg, and put your username/userID, indicate whether or not you would like a badge on your profile and T-shirt info in the notes section if applicable. So far five people have taken me up on this option. I know it is not ideal. Regarding Kickstarter and other online donation sites, I did research these right after I was told that my grant was not renewed. These sites take a fraction of the proceeds (5% or more), and do not provide much (though they can figure out paypal better). I decided it was better to use the infrastructure provided by BOINC and by my university. I am having some trouble understanding GRIDcoin/BitCoin donations. In understand that I could take donations in these currencies, and then convert them to the cash that I need to pay students, etc. However, doesn't that undermine the value of the currency itself? Why are people willing to exchange their BitCoins for GRIDcoins, and then their BitCoins for US dollars? Is there anything I can buy now with GRIDcoins (except BitCoins)? And thank you for all of your help on my research project. Best Wishes, Heidi Newberg

System Maintenance: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 01:00 UTC
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
mardi 1 juillet 2014 13:06

Routine system maintenance will be performed on Sunday, July 6th.

Finishing videos with no events
Source:  Wildlife@Home
lundi 30 juin 2014 22:16

Going through the videos watched while I was gone, I noticed a few videos were submitted with no events marked. I've updated the pages so that the "finished" button will disable when there are no events (as there should always be at least one, even if it is just too dark, etc).

Back from vacation
Source:  Wildlife@Home
lundi 30 juin 2014 20:59

Hi Everyone, Had a great two weeks island camping on Lake George, NY. Now I'm back and will be updating things again. Will be working on getting the new validator running smoothly, and then getting the revalidation process working. After that I want to focus on developing the more BOINC side of the project, by implementing some computer vision techniques for automated detection using all the events you guys have provided. cheers, --Travis


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