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Use Your Computer to Help Find Gravitational Waves
Chances are your computer spends much of its lifetime doing practically nothing. While you’re at lunch, in meetings, or stuck in traffic, the PC on your desk sits idly marking time at billions of clock cycles per second. At best, it might run a diagnostic test now and then, or generate oddly-hypnotic, but essentially useless, screensaver graphics. Perhaps you've wondered if there's something better that the beige box can do with its time. If so, you're in luck; your computer will soon be able to while away the hours crunching numbers for astrophysics research thanks to Einstein@Home.
The project is part of the World Year of Physics 2005 (WYP 2005), which celebrates the importance and vitality of physics in the new millennium and marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's miraculous year.