Open Source project borrows your computer’s processing power to make powerful simulations.
If you’re fed up with all things COVID-19 you might consider joining the battle from home. Folding@home has long since been the tool to help advance the fight against myriad diseases.
The process of folding is something proteins–the building blocks, antibodies, and powerhouses of our bodies–undergo as they assemble themselves to serve their purpose. When folding goes wrong the proteins aggregate together and the recipe for diseases such as Huntington’s, cystic fibrosis, and likely even various cancer progressions. Not cool.
So you want to help advance science with nothing but your computer? Folding@Home allows you to loan your computer’s extra processing power to help run simulations on the structure and the movement of the atoms making up the protein. The research team describes their process as something like trying to win the lottery: Just like the more tickets you have equates to better odds at winning the jackpot, the more simulations run means better odds at finding useful information.
All information collected by the team is open source and freely available!