Good news, everyone. We have a Human Temporal Cortex challenge for you to puzzle over, freshly posted today. The temporal cortex is credited for many functions including, but likely not limited to sensory processing (visual and auditory).
It will be short and sweet to fix some things that came up post-update. We are aiming for about five minutes of downtime, around 9am Pacific time.
What can you do during the downtime? We're glad you asked.
You can complete this survey about our challenges.
Follow us on Twitter. Say hi, even.
Show us some love and follow on Facebook.
Strategize about Mouse-ALM-08 (pictured), closing tomorrow.
Refresh a lot. (it is okay if you don't do this, but we understand the temptation)
Heads up: Mouse-ALM-08 is closing tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12PM Pacific time. At that time we are aiming to release a new challenge.
Additionally, we have a new survey about challenges. Please complete this survey within the next week, as it is scheduled to close on Tuesday, March 21. Completing this survey will help us fine tune our challenges and provide necessary input to our developers and scientists.
We’re back (thank you for your patience) and with a bunch of new features for you to explore. We want you to weigh in with your thoughts on all of these over in our forums.
A new, brighter color scheme up top.
The read more news button, which should help you find your old news (which is still good news).
An updated leaders display for our challenge section, along with the ability to run more than three challenges at a time.
We have new information pages for each neuron - click on the gray scale image next to the challenge name to get more details.
Image volume for each neuron is listed in microns, and is designed to give a reference to how big the neuron sample is.
The Web site is now fully SSL-enabled. We'll keep the HTTP access around for a while longer, but eventually we'll remove it completely.
Here's a big change we know you'll want to discuss further.
Note: We've disabled the new consensus feature because we saw a bug in it on the production site that we weren't seeing in testing. We've identified a workaround for the bug and we'll fix it as soon as possible tomorrow morning (Pacific time). Any related outages should be minimal (think a few seconds or a minute), and solved by hitting refresh.
We've redesigned the way the consensus process works. Before, every time we'd compute the consensus between your reconstruction and others', we'd save it aside and not show any of it to you, except to figure out which parts of the image to gray out because we didn't think the neuron was present in them. Now, once a day, we run a special version of the consensus algorithm which merges your reconstructions together, then changes each of your individual reconstructions to reflect this consensus, so you can build off of other players' work.
Keep track of these and more in our developer posted changelog. We look forward to helping you out with any issues you find, and discussing your feedback.