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1/15/2007 - *New* - For your convenience, I have added Google Search Boxes to every page on this site. :)


News Flash: Pluto no longer a planet!

8/25/2006 - I am astonished how poorly thought out the recent IAU planet definition is, and also by the fact that it demotes Pluto to non-planetary status...so I have taken the liberty of writing (what I feel is) a better planet definition! Read it here:

Official Craig Research Labs Position Statement on the IAU's Definition of a Planet


9/19/2004 - I have put in substantial work recently redefining the direction of the lab and updating our website -- I've cleared away a lot of the "dead wood" that was getting in the way of the smooth functioning of this company.

As always, we continue to make progress on our core projects; here are our latest results:

-Our Folding@home Team Stats: 55310.9 grand score (combined Folding@home 1.0 & 2.0 score totals).

-Our SETI@home Team Stats: 3089 work units completed.

-Our Click to Cure Cancer research funding totals: $774.00

(Note: If you've checked our Folding@home stats recently you may have noticed that our total score only says 48310.9 -- this is because all of the original stats were dropped when Folding@home 1.0 evolved into Folding@home 2.0. Our team earned a score of 7,000 during the life of the Folding@home 1.0 program, so our current grand total is actually 55310.9.)


12/29/2003 - We have yet another new volunteer for 2003: Tracy Hall of Columbus, Georgia has joined our Folding@home team. Welcome to the team, Tracy!


11/12/2003 - This week we reached a major milestone -- after two years of hard work, our Folding@home team has reached a cumulative score of 20,000! Craig Research Labs was founded on the notion that we could bring together strangers from around the globe and cooperatively pool our efforts with the common goal of pushing progress in the sciences forward at an ever increasing pace; this achievement is the most tangible proof yet that we are succeeding in our mission! My sincerest thanks to all of our past and present Folding@home team members for helping to make this success possible.

(Note: If you've checked our Folding@home 2.0 stats recently you may have noticed that our total score only says 13,000 -- this is because all of the original stats were dropped when Folding@home 1.0 evolved into Folding@home 2.0. Our team earned a score of 7,000 during the life of the Folding@home 1.0 program, so our current grand total is actually 20,000.)


10/18/2003 - Another new volunteer (Folding@home)! R. Padmakumar of India!


10/9/2003 - Good news! A new volunteer has joined our Folding@home team. He is Robert Peterson of Saint Peter, Minnesota. Welcome aboard, Peter!


10/5/2003 - Brand new! I have created a "blog" (weblog) about science & technology. This blog is moderated, which means anyone can post! Help me build a lively community discussion...

CRL Science Blog


10/1/2003 - I'm pleased to announce that our "Click to Cure Cancer" page has to date raised $326.00 for cancer research! This program is nearing its first year anniversary. It's been a great year so far, but we can raise much more money if we can get more sponsors for the page. I would like to see us raise ten times this amount in 2004, but for this we will need more sponsors. Click here to learn how to become a sponsor.


9/23/2003 - I suppose I should post bad news here as well as good news.

Unfortunately, on 9/19/2003 one of the lab's computers suffered a hard drive failure, and yes, we lost data. Among other things, we lost all of our membership data, plus portions of a spacecraft design improvement proposal I had submitted to The Planetary Society for their Cosmos 1 Solar Sail project.

If you have joined us as a member, please email me and resubmit your contact information so I know who you are and can put you back on our mailing list.

I am a little bit embarrassed about the fact that we lost data in this incident; we have a fairly sophisticated backup system here but it's very slow and our data archive has grown so huge that we just don't have the time to back it all up as frequently as we ought to. I guess I will just have to dedicate more time to this task in the future.

In the meantime, if anyone knows of a good data recovery service please let me know, because it may still be possible to retrieve our data off of this "dead" hard drive.


8/1/2003 - Our "Click to Cure Cancer" page has to date raised $265.00 for cancer research! We need to find additional sponsors for the page -- everybody please help out -- sponsorship only costs $1 a day, and you can sponsor for a single day if you wish -- click here to become a sponsor. The more sponsors we have for the page, the more money we will raise to fight cancer!


Big news! Big news! Big news! Big news! Big news! Big news!

7/2/2003 - Membership in the lab is now FREE! Click here for instructions on how to join.


6/27/2003 - New educational pages! Skeletal versions of the Earth Sciences page, the Chemistry page, the Physics page, and the Mathematics page have been uploaded. I will flesh out these pages with lots of new links and content over the next few months. Check 'em out!


6/5/2003 - I've been doing some major restructuring of our website and of the company in general. If you look around you will notice a few changes.

Here are our most recent project accomplishments:

-Our "Click to Cure Cancer" page has to date raised $209.00 for cancer research! We can raise much more money if we can get more sponsors for the page -- everybody please help out -- sponsorship only costs $1 a day, and you can sponsor for a single day if you wish -- click here to become a sponsor.

-Our Folding@home Team Stats: 14,595 grand score (combined Folding@home 1.0 & 2.0 score totals).

-Our SETI@home Team Stats: 1780 work units completed.


2/28/2003 - I am pleased to announce that our "Click to Cure Cancer" page has to date raised $112.00 for cancer research! I've sent our first donation check off to The Sloan-Kettering Institute at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, so it can start helping people immediately. We could always use more sponsors for the page -- sponsorship only costs $1 a day -- click here to become a sponsor.


2/7/2003 - You may now show your support for the lab by joining us as a member. Membership costs $75.00 and has lots of great benefits for you. Plus, your dollars will provide vital financial support for the lab.

Our goal is to sign up 100 members before the end of 2003.

This new membership initiative is extremely important to the future growth of Craig Research Labs. If you love science and would like to see the lab live up to its full potential as a science institution, then please sign up for membership today!! By pooling our collective resources, our "whole" will become much more than the sum of its parts. The more members that sign up, the bigger the lab will get, and the more exciting and successful our scientific work will become.

We need you as part of the Craig Research Labs family!!


2/6/2003 - I have uploaded a page to remember the STS-107 astronauts and their mission. Click below to visit.

Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Page


1/20/2003 - I have completed and uploaded the first draft of our biology page. Check it out!!!

Also, our latest distributed computing work unit totals are:

Folding@home - 10,350 grand score (combined Folding@home 1.0 & 2.0 score totals)
SETI@home - 1685 work units completed


1/1/2003 - Happy new year! I have some exciting news to share with you -- there are two new projects on our research page!!! We are building a deep sea submersible camera ("Dive Camera 1"), and we are making our extensive library of science images and graphics available for use outside of the lab ("Science Image Archive"). Everybody go take a look!!!


12/16/2002 - I have completed and uploaded the first draft of our Space Science Page. Check it out!


11/8/2002 - I have created an important new area for our site -- a "click to donate" page that will raise money for cancer research! Donations are FREE and you may visit the page once per day to donate, so click the link below to go there right now:

Click to Cure Cancer


9/6/2002 - MAJOR new web site "makeover" completed and uploaded! Please let me know if you like it.


6/29/2002 - It's been far too long since I made a news post. I have a great deal of news. Here we go:

-I have officially discontinued our participation in the Folding@home Version 1.0 program, and set up a new Folding@home Version 2.0 team (if you would like to join, we are team #3423). F@H 1.0 and F@H 2.0 are completely separate projects, so our F@H team stats and ranking have started over again from zero. I am proud to report that we concluded our work for F@H 1.0 with approximately 7,000 work unit credits and a ranking within the top 100 teams worldwide!

-Since my last news post over two months ago, we've had some VERY big news: two new volunteers joined the Craig Research Labs family within days of each other at the end of April! They are Daniel Lovejoy of Kealakekua, Hawaii and Brenden Mileur of Pryor, Oklahoma. Welcome aboard! As volunteers you are very important to our efforts and I GREATLY APPRECIATE your assistance. Thank you!

-Our latest work unit totals are:

Folding@home 2.0 - 533.4 work unit credits (we're off to a good start!)
SETI@home - 1165 work units completed


4/7/2002 - Today is World Health Day. This event is organized by the World Health Organization. Here is the official World Health Day 2002 website.


4/1/2002 - I have three news items to report to you today. The first is that our March 2002 Science Prize Sweepstakes is now complete and our April contest has begun. Our March winner was Nada Gvozdenovic of Croatia. Congratulations Nada, enjoy your prize!

The second news item is that our Folding@home team completed its 6,000th work unit about a week ago. However, our statistics data has somehow become corrupted and approximately 2,000 of our work unit credits have disappeared. I have not yet been able to contact anyone at Folding@home about this problem, and I am not optimistic that our statistics data will ever be recovered. So if you go up to the Folding@home homepage to look at our official stats, just add 2,000 to the number you see displayed there.

Finally, I would like to mention that we have been running Folding@home Version 1.x for over six months now, and as time has passed this software version has become nearly obsolete. I will shortly be moving all of our computers to the Version 2.x software, and since 2.x appears to be an entirely separate project from 1.x, it is unclear to me what will happen to our 1.x statistics data and team profile. I do know that Version 2.x uses a team number rather than a team name, so I will post that number here and on our Folding@home page once it is assigned to us.

Happy Easter!


2/24/2002 - I've just added a brand new page to our "Fun and Educational" section titled The Time Page. This page is all about time and its measurement and should be of particular use to amateur astronomers and people who are chronically late for work. Take a look if you've got a moment.


2/20/2002 - Here are our current work totals:

Folding@home - 5034 work units completed
SETI@home - 346 work units completed


1/28/2002 - Wow, three days, three updates! Boy am I tired. I've slept maybe six hours since January twenty-fifth. So I'll make this news update brief. All I want to tell you is that I've added a page of Science Newswires and a page of my favorite Science Links. Goodnight.


1/27/2002 - I get very impatient with things that don't work. Very impatient. I got so frustrated yesterday with America Online's web servers that I registered our domain name and moved our site to Yahoo! Geocities. Hopefully things will be running smoothly from now on.


1/26/2002 - There are lots of exciting things going on around here! I have just completed a major update of our web site. As you can see, it looks a little different (hopefully better). I made many small changes and clarifications, and I have also added a Contests page where you can go to win free science goodies! In addition, within the next few weeks I will attempt to get us linked into a few science webrings so you can explore some of the many interesting science resources available on the web.

One problem has come to my attention -- you may have noticed that our web pages frequently fail to load completely (or at all) when you visit our site. Unfortunately, this problem is caused by America Online's web servers (where our pages reside). It seems that AOL has neglected to keep pace with the amount of traffic on their system and their servers are constantly choking under the strain. If you experience problems trying to access our site, just keep hitting the "reload" button on your browser until the page appears properly. I am looking into the possibility of having our web pages hosted by another company; if anyone can suggest a reliable and inexpensive web host, I would appreciate it.


1/1/2002 - Happy New Year!

Here are the final 2001 work totals:

Folding@home - 3,519 work units completed
SETI@home - 285 work units completed

I was hoping for 4,000 and 300 respectively, but I guess the totals that we have achieved are not that bad considering the fact that Craig Research Labs still doesn't even exist as an "official" business entity! We are still operating in the gray area that exists between being an idea and being a company, and since we currently have neither income nor expenses but seem to be making steady progress with the research anyway, I may just keep things as they are for a while. I will post a news update regarding our future organizational plans in the next month or so. Until then you'll just have to keep guessing!


12/14/2001 - Just in time for the holidays, we have completed our 3,000th Folding@home unit! In addition, our SETI@home total now stands at 264 work units. For up to the minute results, go to either project's home page on the World Wide Web and search for our team's results (team name: Craig Research Labs).


11/10/2001 - Today we returned our 2,000th Folding@home work unit to the Stanford University server. Go team! Our SETI@home efforts are also going well; we've successfully crunched our way through 103 of the (much larger) SETI work units. Please help us to work faster by clicking here to join us as a volunteer.


10/2/2001 - This week is World Space Week. Visit the World Space Week home page for a schedule of events taking place in your city (or country) from October 4th through October 10th.


10/1/2001 - I am pleased to announce that we have reached our first milestone; today we returned our thousandth Folding@home work unit to the server at Stanford University! This is only the beginning, and we are still just getting started. If you would like to help us get the work done even faster, click here to find out how to join our team as a volunteer.


9/1/2001 - Even though our business structure will not be completely in place until January 2002, we are pleased to announce that both our Folding@home and SETI@home programs are now fully operational and returning results! We couldn't resist jumping at the opportunity to get underway ahead of schedule. You are encouraged to join our efforts by clicking here.