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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 November 2017

For November’s Third Thursday (btw, there was no TT in October!), Dr. Andrew Westphal discusses some new candidate analysis results, plus plans for an upcoming revamped search strategy focused on smaller blocks of images. We’re also looking at potential team competitions in the Foils search, as well as new algorithms for auto recognition that show […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 21 September 2017

For September’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal gives an update on the overall Stardust@home effort, including news regarding our efforts to advance our analysis techniques. Bonus – see a “live” track extraction in action! Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to the most recent post on the […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 27 July 2017

For July’s Third Thursday, Dr. Andrew Westphal reported on the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society – their 80th! – from Santa Fe, NM, with a special focus on newly presented findings that relate to the Stardust@home effort. Enjoy! Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 15 June 2017

In this month’s conversation (audio only), Dr. Andrew Westphal provides his usual update about all things Stardust@home, including some very exciting news about two new and unexpected metal materials found in comet Wild 2.  He’ll also provide some thoughts in general about future NASA funding for pure science research. Enjoy! Note: For more information about […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 20 April 2017

This month’s telecon is a conversation with Stardust@home’s Dr. Andrew Westphal who provides a brief update (audio only) on the project. Topics include: Recent news on ten interstellar dust candidates that are being extracted and sent to us from NASA’s Johnson Space Center for synchrotron beamline analysis here at UC Berkeley; Why we’d like our […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 19 January 2017

This month Dr. Andrew Westphal gives a brief update (audio only) on what’s new with Stardust@home and where the project is heading.  Listen in to learn why it might be better to concentrate on the Foils effort for now (if you’re a participant), as well as how we’re addressing some of the bottlenecks in the […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 November 2016

This month Dr. Andrew Westphal reports live (audio only) from the the international conference on cometary science entitled “Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae“. He also provides updates on Stardust@home and our partnership with the Stall Catchers project. Note: For more information about these monthly webinars, including how to participate, please go to the most […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 15 September 2016

For this month’s telecon, Dr. Andrew Westphal shares and previews the results of Stardust@home’s collaboration with Alzheimer’s researchers – a brand new multi-tiered citizen science initiative called EyesOnALZ. Their first official offering launched on October 1st and is called Stall Catchers. We encourage anyone interested in participating in the project to try it out now […]

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Stardust@home helps launch new online game to help fight Alzheimer’s!

Thanks to all the amazing dusters who helped launch EyesOnALZ‘s first citizen science project Stall Catchers! The team here is very excited, and the project also just got announced in the Berkeley News. Of course the Stardust@home team never imagined a collaboration such as this. As Dr. Westphal recently put it, “Who would have thought?!” […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 August 2016

For this month’s telecon, and as a special treat, Dr. Juan Carlos Martínez Oliveros joined Stardust@home’s Dan Zevin to discuss a brand new citizen science project they are both working on at the Space Sciences Lab in partnership with Google. Called the Eclipse Megamovie, the project will be a first-of-its-kind citizen science project focused on […]

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