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In this feature, you’ll learn more about what the science team wants you to look for as a volunteer Duster.

Third Thursday Telecon – 15 October 2020

With the rise of AI and machine learning tools, are citizen scientists still of value to scientific research? Stardust@home’s Dr. Andrew Westphal says “yes, absolutely!” and has the data to back it up. Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 17 September 2020

For our September 2020 telecon, we get some thoughts from Stardust@home’s Dr. Andrew Westphal on why we’re confident that we are finding interstellar dust. We also chat just a bit about up-and-coming micro spacecraft, and finally, share our reactions on the recent news of possible life on Venus! Enjoy : )

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Third Thursday Telecon – 19 August 2020

For this month’s telecon, we really focus on our dusters’ experience with the new “AI-culled” foils image database and if the searching is any better for them as a result. Plus nerds just catching up ; P Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 18 June 2020

For our June 18, 2020 telecon, we get an update from Stardust@home’s Dr. Andrew Westphal and Zack Gainsforth on the progress of the Machine Learning infused foils search, and how we now plan to apply it to the aerogel search through some very ingenious image manipulation. Plus we all got to celebrate the birthday of […]

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Third Thursday Telecon – 21 May 2020

For our May 2020 telecon, Stardust@home scientist Zack Gainsforth demonstrates and expresses his great satisfaction thus far with our machine learning enhanced Phase 2 search for interstellar particles in foils (i.e., the aluminum foil that surrounded the aerogel compartments in the Stardust collector). Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 23 April 2020

Is this month’s telecon, Stardust@home’s Zack Gainsforth brings us up to speed on the very promising advances his machine learning-based research has made in the search for interstellar dust, and how our volunteer dusters are still very much needed to finish up the work.  Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 19 March 2020

Stardust@home, and science in general, in the time of coronavirus. Plus nerds just jabbering. Enjoy!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 16 January 2020

Our 2020 series of video chats with our amazing volunteers (aka dusters) starts off with an update from Dr. Andrew Westphal on new findings and upcoming new technology-based directions for Stardust@home. Enjoy!

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Third “Thursday” Telecon – 25 November 2019

For the November 2019 telecon, Stardust@home’s Anna Butterworth updates us on the findings for the recently discovered particle Bianca, named by first finder and longtime volunteer duster Augusto (aka McAngus).  Enjoy the video, and from all of us in the Stardust lab, we hope those of you in the U.S. have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Third Thursday Telecon – 17 October 2019

For our October 2019 Third Thursday Telecon, we were lucky enough to speak with Dr. Colin Triplett on the research team of NASA’s and SSL’s recently launched Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission to study a variety of phenomenon in the ionosphere. You can learn more about ICON at https://blogs.nasa.gov/icon/ Enjoy!

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