Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tufts 4 the Cure

It's winter break, and so, since not much is going on at Tufts, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you all about something I'm getting ready to promote once I'm back.

Presenting: Tufts 4 the Cure. I encourage everyone who reads this to take part; it's easy!

What is it? Simple: When you're not using your computer, it's screensaver can be saving the world, with the help of BOINC and the World Community Grid.

How? When your computer is idle, this program from Berkley connects you to a database of scientific research, downloads a small packet of mathematical data, and crunches numbers, sending solutions back to the database. Your computer and thousands like it around the world contribute to the research project, shaving years off the time it takes scientists to analyze and interpret laboratory data. Already, the program has produced a ton of research, which is publicized freely to the worldwide community to help advance our knowledge of:
  • Cancer
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Influenza
  • Dengue Fever
  • The Human Genome
  • Climate Change
  • Clean Water
  • Clean Energy
  • ...and more!
Want to help save the world? It's really, really easy, safe, and (most importantly) FREE.

Read all about it and sign up for an account through our portal website:

And, if that's too long and annoying to remember, just send your friends to

You get to use the computer when you're around. Let the world harness the excess energy when you're not.

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