I think I posted this in the wrong thread to start off with.
I started with seti@home in 2001 before BOINC even existed, and when they switched everything over to using BOINC I was able to get even more involved in science projects.
I support the following projects plus many others. I support projects in medicine, mathamatics, climate prediction, physics, cosmology, astronomy, and basically any of the sciences. The following list is just a partial list of the projects I support and have running in BOINC across a number of machines.
ABC@home AlmereGrid Boinc Grid Climate Prediction Collatz Conjecture Constellation DistributedDataMining DistrRTgen Docking@Home EDGeS@Home Einstein@Home Enigma@Home eOn IBERCIVIS Leiden Classical LHC Test4Theory@Home LHC@Home Classic Malaria Control Mersenne@home MilkyWay@home Najmanovich Research Group (NRG) NFS@Home NumberFields@home POEM@HOME Primaboinca PrimeGrid QMC@Home RALPH@Home Rosetta@Home RSA Lattice Siever (2.0) SETI@Home SETI@Home Beta SIMAP SZTAKI Desktop Grid yoyo@home
I have tried to put the links in for some of the projects, but it would take me a while to do it for all of them, and they can all be found on a site like BAM (http://boincstats.com/). I highly suggest using a web based management tool like BAM as it will help you find projects, make Your user ID for you on new projects, and even help you to keep track of your stats.
I think at this point that technology is the best solution to lead the human race out of the mess we have created of the planet. I think it's going to take a lot of work to make the changes we need to make, and that we need to recruit more people into joining in and actively helping.
The fact is, most people do not use the full potential of their computers and technology, and BOINC gives us a way to do that. As I mentioned above, I have been involved in doing @home projects since 2001 and I just added 4 new ones.
A couple of them are test projects that will help make the main projects run better, and some of them are active projects. The 5th new project is Radioactive@Home which requires I get one of the detectors, but it's inexpensive and I have left messages with the project manager letting him know I want to get the detector.
I seem to be going on a bit here but I do think that BOINC and science are a smart solution to help start identifying new technologies, and educating people about some of the issues we, as humans, must turn and face tosolve these issues.
These are just some of the reasons I think it's important to have people become citizen scientists, and why I have chosen to follow this route myself.