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How to join an at-home scientific research project

To join one or more of the at-home projects, you'll need an up-to-date personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a high-speed (not dial-up) connection to the Internet.

Your machine should have a Pentium-class processor, at least 60 megabytes of RAM and 30 megabytes of free space on your hard disk. Requirements may vary, depending on which project you choose.

To get started, go to one of the sites listed below and create a free account. You will receive an e-mail containing your account ID and instructions on how to download and install the necessary software.

When you run the program, it will operate in the background, like a screen saver, leaving you free to use your computer as you ordinarily would. You can control the percentage of your computing power than goes to the project.

For SETI, go to

For LHC:

For Predictor:

For ClimatePrediction:

For Einstein:

For Folding:


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