After five years, 15 million users and over 100 million computation hours having been crunched, Sony's partnership with Stanford University's Folding@home project will draw to a close at the end of the month.
Video gamers' desire for more realistic graphics has produced more than just flashy new games; just ask a computational chemist.
Could you win a Nobel Prize in Medicine for playing a computer game? Foldit is a game for the PC and Mac that takes the Folding@Home concept and adds a more human element to the mix. Instead of having a network of computers work through all of the possible shapes for folding proteins, a problem so huge it could take…