Planet Hunters

The March 2007 IEEE Spectrum considers whether more public participation in the search for planets would result in more planet discoveries. There were 27 new planets discovered in 2006. A group of researchers has taken the SETI@home precedent and kicked it up a notch.

A Java application is available for early adopters at oklo.org.

UC Santa Cruz researcher Laughlin said he was looking for a project that engaged not only spare CPU cycles, but also brain cycles, as part of the search for extrasolar planets.

In an unrelated enterprise, he's taken a nice photo of a eucalyptus leaf.

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