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Universe@home project's two main goals are:
  1. to provide scientist with a necessary computational power and
  2. to provide the way of involvement for anyone equipped with a computer and willing to take part in the research
Our simulations deal with fundamental problems of the Universe, which cannot be investigated in a laboratory. From the birth of stars to the utmost energetic supernova explosions, nature still astonishes us but at the same time leaves ways for scientific examination. ... More..
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Bonjour tous, bons calculs

Recognition for gravitational waves discovery
I have a pleasure to inform you, unless you already know, that prof. Krzysztof Belczyński,
the PI of Universe@Home project, in recognition for his involvement in discovery of gravitational
waves, was awarded recently with the Medal of Nicolas Copernicus and the Breakthrough Prize.

The former is the most prestigious prize awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences. The latter is an
international award bestowed for remarkable scientific outcome. It was awarded for the whole group,
which took part in the research.

The results from the Universe@Home project are still used to increase our understanding of
gravitational waves and their role in the Universe.


Mam przyjemność poinformować Was, choć możliwe, że już wiecie, że prof. Krzysztof Belczyński,
kierownik projektu Universe@Home, w uznaniu swoich zasług w odkryciu fal grawitacyjnych, został
nagrodzony Medalem im. Mikołaja Kopernika i Breakthrough Prize.

Pierwsza nagroda jest najbardziej prestiżą przyznawaną przez Polską Akademię Nauk. Druga
natomiast to międzynarodowa nagroda przyznawana za znaczące odkrycia naukowe. Została ona
przyznana całej grupie biorącej udział w badaniach.

Wyniki otrzymywane w ramach projektu Universe@Home są ciągle używane do poszerzania naszej
wiedzy na temat fal grawitacyjnych i ich roli we Wszechświecie.
17 May 2016, 19:02:49 UTC · Comment

Black hole merger (PL: Koalescencja czarnych dziur)
Wersja polskojęzyczna poniżej

You have already heard about the discovery of gravitational waves from a merger
of double black hole. In our project, specifically in the BHspin application, we
were also working on the evolution of such systems. If you are interested in the
way how they form and evolve, we prepared for you the description of the evolution of
a typical system, which results in the emission of gravitational waves like these
from the recent observations. You may found the text, together with a nice plot,
in the forum's science section. Please enjoy!

Prawdopodobnie wiecie już o odkryciu fal grawitacyjnych z koalescencji czarnych
dziur. W naszym projekcie, a konkretnie za pośrednictwem aplikacji BHspin,
analizowaliśmy ewolucję takich systemów. Jeżeli jesteście zainteresowani tym jak
podwójne czarne dziury się tworzą, to przygotowaliśmy dla was opis
popularnonaukowy jednego z typowych systemów. Jego ewolucja prowadzi do emisji
fali grawitacyjnej jak ta z niedawnych obserwacji. Tekst razem z poglądowym
rysunkiem można znaleźć na forum w dziale Science. Zapraszamy!
20 Apr 2016, 12:51:12 UTC · Comment

Your real name...
Few days ago we had added option to add yours real full name in preferences.
Setting it also allow us to publish it in future science publication as research supporters.
22 Mar 2016, 15:24:07 UTC · Comment

Gravitational waves vs. StarTrack code
You have probably heard about the outstanding discovery of gravitational waves announced a week ago (e.g., http://www.nature.com/news/einstein-s-gravitational-waves-found-at-last-1.19361). It is a milestone in our understanding of the Nature. Universe@Home was not involved directly in the detection, but it is relevant to highlight, that already in year 2010, prof. Belczyński predicted, that the first gravitational waves observation will involve a double black hole merger, whereas most of the scientists claimed that it will concern a merger of neutron stars. The original paper can be found here: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010ApJ...715L.138B.

Please observe that prof. Belczyński used then the same StarTrack code that we are using in the Universe@Home project! Of course, now we have a bit updated version. Therefore, the recent discovery proved the reliability of our methods!

If you like to learn more about gravitational waves, I recommend a thorough but comprehensible introduction by the discoverers http://www.ligo.org/science.php.
19 Feb 2016, 15:09:26 UTC · Comment

New models and television program about U@H (in polish)
We have finished a bunch of models, which will be published shortly. However, still a lot more are waiting for investigation. In the case of ULXs we are working on the influence of more primordial matter composition on formation of these mysterious objects. The BHSPIN application concentrate on black holes spin (i.e., rotation), which influences the mass accretion processes (necessary for the detection of this latent objects), and emission of gravitational waves (a.k.a. propagation of space-time wrinkles). The last process is recently raises a unprecedented interest due to the rumours of its first observations. Predicted 100 years (precisely) gravitational waves have not been detected yet. Our results may play a significant role in understanding the observational results.

In polish public television appeared in the end of previous year a program about scientific computing considering also our project. Unfortunately it is available only in polish. You may found it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZIkjBXrcMM
21 Jan 2016, 19:27:49 UTC · Comment

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