Folding@home

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Chances are if you’re reading this, you have a computer. I suppose someone could have printed this out and faxed it to you, or transcribed the HTML code into Morse Code for you, but let’s assume not. Chances are also that you’re not using all of your CPU there, eh?  Or perhaps your PS3 is on for periods of time. That’s why Stanford developed Folding@home, a way to utilize those precious unused CPU cycles for something good. Your computer is sent work tasks to complete in the form of protein folding. Your computer processes the work over several hours, in as many chunks/sessions as you allow it, and sends back the computed data.

Understanding how protiens fold (and misfold) can someday allow us to understand major diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. So please do your part and sign up for Folding@home if you haven’t already. It’s also available on the PS3, and since the PS3 has, like, a million CPU Cores, it runs quite nicely. This is available in the “Life with PlayStation” application. I created a team for gamecola.net, team ID 167875.  Here is our team’s stat page. Please do your part!

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Mark Freedman is a hard hitting reporter on just what the crap is going on in the world of video games.He also writes reviews and manages the staff Q&A column. Occasionally, he has been known to take a shower. zzzz

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