Thursday, December 4, 2008

Donate processing time

Do you have a computer? Do you sometimes not use it? Well, then you can help to do important basic scientific research by donating your computer's idle processing capacity to a distributed computing project. The easiest way to help out is to download the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing software package (Wikipedia description here), which then lets you choose between several worthy projects. (I chose SETI@home... I want to know, rather than strongly suspect, that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe).

Another (more than) worthy project is FightAIDS@Home (which requires different software to the above). Oh, and you can also play a game to help determine protein structure...

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