Do you have a computer that’s just sitting around your home, taking up space? Is your laptop staring longingly at you, begging to be useful while you delicately touch your iPad?
We could all use a place to put some positive energy. Folding@home is one of those places. The basic jist of Folding@home is pretty simple; through free software, your computer’s CPU and GPU (if you have one) are connected to hive mind, like the Borg. This hive mind can be used to simulate proteins like the ones in COVID-19 on an atomic level, searching out weak points in them that life-saving drugs could bound to and weaken.
That is a very, VERY high-level view of it, but hey; if you’re stuck at home and your computer isn’t getting put to much work, check it out and donate some of that compute to finding a way to beat COVID-19 and a host of other diseases, like breast cancer and Alzheimer. The only cost to you is maybe an uptick in your electricity bill, but even that is worth it for a good cause.
Check it out here.