|I can't believe we've never posted about Folding@home or Brony@Home before now...|
Proteins have MANY important biological functions, but they have to be folded before they can be of use. When a protein isn't folded in the right configuration, its function can be impaired and it can cause diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's.
Folding@home is a computing system that uses the CPUs and GPUs of ordinary, household computers to run protein folding simulations. Developed and operated by the Pande laboratory at Stanford University, the project's current goal is to help scientists better understand misfolding and related disease.
And this is where you come in. Brony@Home will be holding a New Year's competition starting January 1, 2013. All you have to do is set up Folding@home on your computer, register on the Brony@Home Forums, and leave a comment in the competition thread to let them know that you'd like to sign up! After eight weeks, prizes will be given out based on how many points people scored.
While we're on the subject of prizes, prize donations are needed and "IMMENSELY appreciated". So, if you have anything to offer (cash, games, art, crafts, etc.), be sure to drop by and let them know. More prizes mean more fun, more incentives to play, and more opportunities to win!
And remember, the more time you spend connected to the internet, the more you contribute to the simulations and earn points!
For more information, be sure to check out Brony@Home's competition thread, Folding@home setup guide, and Folding@home FAQ.