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The World Community Grid team has announced the FightAids@Home project. By downloading their screensaver you donate your computer’s idle processing power to the project. The increased processing power will hopefully allow researchers to more aggressively and quickly screen possible HIV-fighting drugs. (Ht to AidsMatters)

The project was no doubt inspired by the success of Berkeley’s Seti@Home project – which uses the idle power of home computers to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

I wonder how much of an impact governments or large corporations could have by signing up to such initiatives? Might there be additional development applications, potential?

Update 1: As a reminder, December 1 is World AIDS day.

Update 2: Perhaps also of interest,

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