Home computers aid in discovery of neutron star

WASHINGTON: Ordinary computers are being credited with finding a previously unknown neutron star.

Nearly a quarter-million people around the globe take part in a programme known as Einstein@Home, which uses idle time on their computers to analyse masses of scientific data.

The fast-spinning neutron star — named PSR J2007+2722 — was discovered in a study of data collected by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

A report in the online version of the journal Science, called Science Express, says the find was first recorded on June 11 on the computer of Chris and Helen Colvin of Ames, Iowa. It was confirmed three days later on the computer of Daniel Gebhardt of Mainz, Germany. — AP

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