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Gamers Help Discover New Potential Planets Using NASA Data

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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 11:44 AM
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Following closely on the heels of another related topic regarding Gamers who helped figure out some of the mysteries of HIV related issues,Online Gamers Crack Aids Enzyme I found the following to be interesting. As I've stated elsewhere. I've been a "Gamer" for years ever since PONG.Yes, I'm that old.

After the service I even worked for a few years as a Beta Testerr for a large game software developer
if there is one thing I can honestly say about Gamers is that they are awesome at and known for [Thinking outside the box] while figuring out and deciphering puzzles, mazes and mysteries etc. This doesn't really surprise me.

Gamers Help Discover New Potential Planets Using NASA Data

University researchers have identified what may potentially be two planets outside of our solar system, thanks to users taking part in an online gaming experiment.

A number of organizations, including The University of Oxford and Yale University, set up a browser game called Planet Hunters, which allows players to look through data supplied by the Kepler public archives and search for potential planets.

Players are able to observe the light emitted by stars, and seek out periods during which the light curve for particular stars dips in signal, suggesting that a planet may be moving across the face of the star.




posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 11:56 AM
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1 up for the gamers!
(pun intended)



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 12:07 PM
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I think it's just a matter of time before this untapped resource will start playing their part a bit more with their 733t skillz. Pun intended as well



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 12:20 PM
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shows the power of collective minds.. we should do more activities such as this, maybe together we could solve some of the worlds most difficult questions..





7. There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
8. There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
9 There are not more than five cardinal tastes (sour, acrid, salt, sweet, bitter), yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.


from "the art of war"- sun tzu.
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posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 12:20 PM
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I vote for all education to come in the form of a game. I used to play flight simulator when I was younger. When I finally took my first test flight in a Piper aircraft, the instructor pilot was stunned that I was able to pilot the craft level and with complete rudder control in turns. I have also heard of people who play medical type of games, that they have been able to perform simple operations or diagnose symptoms. Video gamers are repressed critical thinkers, that average society calls lazy and no good for nothing. Maybe they are just bored and need a real challenge.

I will say that people who play sports games are probably not within this group of critical thinking video gamers, but those that play strategy and simulators, or even some MMO's are probably within that category. Think about EVE Online. These people know how to manipulate economies. Video gaming is not a wasted past time, especially when used to sharpen your skills in attention to solving problems, puzzles, or understanding manipulating environments.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 12:27 PM
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you have slained an enemy


LEGENDARY!!!!!



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 03:07 PM
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One shameless bump then off to the Abyss.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 07:31 PM
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Originally posted by SLAYER69
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One shameless bump then off to the Abyss.


I find it odd that this thread isn't getting more attention. The thread concerning gamers cracking a genetic code for HIV research stirred up all kinds of interest. It seems that people think that an HIV cure is more important than space exploration. There is already a cure for AIDS, it's called education and responsibility. The single most important thing that humanity can do to insure our perpetual survival is to reach towards the heavens, so that our species can live on past even the death of our sun.
Thanks for yet another awesome subject being brought to our attention, Slayer.
S&F



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 08:56 PM
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First, gamers solve the key to curing AIDS..

Now, they make a discovery of potential new planets.

Soon, gamers will figure out the meaning of life.

..Which the answer will probably be, "Gaming".




posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 09:08 PM
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who actually played Pong when it came out. Slayer- you wouldn't happen to be a fan of the "text only" games as well, would you?



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 09:15 PM
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i was just thinking today that if there was a game that was medical/surgury based,or say fixing mechanics or eletronics based, we could really excel a lot of people's capabilities for both society and the job market.



posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 09:15 PM
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I couldn't agree more.

Hey guys we found our true calling we solve aids and then find another planet.

We ROXORS!



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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 02:51 AM
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alternative night at the bar i just walked most of the people there dont think in the box anyways love them lots of acid and fun lets spin this world



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 03:18 AM
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Where is this game cause I wanna play! I agree that games can teach so much. Its rather hypocritical to say games dont hold anything but cause laziness when most of us were put in front of them as children in the 80s and 90s in schools and for a few lucky ones who had computers at home..I still recall my Astro Grover and such which was a game on Atari computer that was geared to help kids learn math. I also cannot forget the Word and Number Munchers that my teachers used to have us play in school, and how about that Oregon Trail?? In fact I would love a way to play that game again cause it was rather fun and sometimes graphics and all that is not needed to enjoy a game. Right now I am having a blast playing Star Traders on Android and I found the options to turn off graphics and music quite refreshing..it sucks battery trying to play a graphics intensive game. While I am rather new to most modern day games and such..I find I like a lot more than I thought and rpgs can be quite awesome. Strategy is a good way to help keep the brain active.

Sadly i have seen some people who grew up hardcore rpg fans for this very reason not playing most games for any length of time that require much effort because they got too caught up in winning and impressing people with modded characters that they never tried beyond a certain level. I think that explains where the laziness comes in..blow up your ego enough by spending tons of cash to make a character advance without trying and acting better than everyone is foolish. I find it sad too because thats set them up for failures extending into life in the real world. Sadly this is what our society takes as normal and that is where some game benefit is lost where skills can still be applied. But either way I think more stuff should be aimed at critical thinking and maybe used to help expand knowledge in a fun way like when some of us were kids.

Also Galxaxy Zoo is an android app which does the same with galaxy identification..you look at a pic and answer some questions and thats it. Quite fun too.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 10:53 PM
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Well being a gamer since before pong (yes I am that old)
, I have to say I have more “t” skills than a mere 733. Yes implied ignorance intended.
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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 11:24 PM
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I knew we were worth something afterall
2nd,

-GM




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