Do you have a computer at home sitting idle 90% of the time? If you're like me, you have several. Did you know you can put wasted computing power to good use to help make scientific discoveries? Well now you do.
There is a distributed computing platform called BOINC that runs on your machine(s) as a screen saver. What happen is when the screen saver kicks in, your computer receives a calculation to work on which will help move us toward solving scientific problems.
The cool part is there are many to choose from:
As of today, there are 176,769 volunteers with 794,367 computers contributing to this project. The screen savers look pretty cool too! Rosetta looks like this: