Folding Proteins At Home - doesn't that sound like the latest "make millions of $$$$ working from home" scam? And rather tedious? Folding proteins ... I can't even tie a knot into a cherry stem. No way I could fold proteins.
Turns out I wouldn't have to do it myself: "As part of a groundbreaking distributed computing experiment, Johnson and half a million other people are donating their spare computer capacity so Stanford can remotely simulate protein folding, an essential biochemical process that controls vital body functions.
The project, called Folding@home, represents a sort of ad hoc democracy because anyone with an Internet connection can join. Users simply download an application that runs protein-folding simulations on their desktop computers when the systems are idle."