Craig Research Labs was founded in 2001 as a scientific research
laboratory dedicated to the advancement of the pure and applied
sciences. The laboratorys primary objectives are to use
its resources to bring about an acceleration in the pace of innovation
in all branches of the sciences, to promote public education
and awareness of current scientific ideas and discoveries, and
to make ground breaking research results available to commerce
and industry rapidly and at low cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
Exactly what does Craig Research Labs do?
We exist to accelerate the technological development of the
human race. I know that's a big statement, but it's only through the development
of science and technology over the centuries that the human race has been able to
lift itself out of the misery and insecurity of the lives of our prehistoric
ancestors -- without science, we would all still be living in caves.
Craig Research Labs seeks to provide
support and funding for outside science organizations, we participate
in scientific research, and we work to inspire and educate the
general public about science. We seek to create new inventions, cure diseases, and generally improve the lives of people everywhere.
Does Craig Research Labs make any money from its research
Currently, no. Both of our primary research activities (Folding@home
and SETI@home) are nonprofit efforts run by outside organizations;
we merely provide assistance. Therefore, if you are of a strictly
nonprofit mindset, you can support our efforts as a volunteer in
good conscience. We also work to raise money for cancer research
through our Click to Cure Cancer program, and this fund
raising effort is also completely nonprofit; 100%
of the monies raised through the program go to third party 501(c)(3) nonprofit cancer
charities. Donations are made directly to these charities by the page's sponsors; we do not even handle any of the money.
Can anyone become a volunteer for the lab?
Yes, there is no scientific experience needed, just a working
knowledge of your computer and a desire to help.
Do you currently pay your volunteers?
What are some of the future goals of Craig Research Labs?
We are a relatively small and little known organization at
present. In the future as our visibiity and circumstances improve we would
like to make the transition from a "virtual" research
facility to an actual bricks and mortar research laboratory.
We are currently more of a concept than a company, but this will change in time.
I can envision a science library, a data processing
center (we've already got the foundations of this), observatories
and lab facilities in many scientific disciplines. Public outreach
will also be very important for us -- education is a large part
of our mission. We will have to develop all of these things one
at a time; it will take time and it will take work. I'm talking
ten, fifteen, twenty-five years out in the future.
What's the story behind the "Click To Cure Cancer"
When we first started "Click to Cure Cancer", Click-to-donate
charity sites had already been appearing
around the web for a few years; we quickly realized that they are a GREAT way to
raise funds for worthy causes. Visitors merely click on a link to donate; this simple action doesn't cost the
donor a penny, because the donations are paid for by the page's advertising sponsors.
So we decided to create our own site to raise money for cancer
research. This seemed to be a natural project for us to take
on -- it is in perfect keeping with our company mission. I'm pleased to report
that the project has been a great success -- "Click to Cure
Cancer" is now the oldest continuously operating click-to-donate charity
page for cancer research on the Internet.
What's the single most important thing anyone can do to support
Craig Research Labs?
Visit our site often and join one of our teams! Sign up to
help us as a volunteer so we can do more science.
It is only through grass roots support that we have been able
to achieve the results that we have so far.
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