Laughing Kookaburra

Monday, 19 September 2011

Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

These photos were taken at the Mount Elliot Lookout at Katandra Reserve, on the New South Wales Central Coast.

The Laughing Kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae) at this location will allow humans to approach to within 3 metres.

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Boring statistics: WCG

Sunday, 4 September 2011

It’s been a long while since the last update, and my little fleet has expanded by an i7 and an i5 during the hiatus. The i5 and a Core2Duo will go away soon, to be replaced by another i7. Total computing time exceeds 56 CPU years; current ranking is 561.

A recent flurry of BETA tasks has finally brought me into Ruby badge territory (180 CPU days). The long slog to Emerald (1 CPU year) has begun.

Drug Search for Leishmaniasis is a new project that started this week. The mission of this project, as announced on the linked page, is as follows:

The mission of Drug Search for Leishmaniasis is to identify potential molecule candidates that could possibly be developed into treatments for Leishmaniasis. The extensive computing power of World Community Grid will be used to perform computer simulations of the interactions between millions of chemical compounds and certain target proteins. This will help find the most promising compounds that may lead to effective treatments for the disease.

With the bronze badge for DSFL I am inducted into Club 19, which means I’ve participated in every World Community Grid project since its inception.

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