Folding@GlobalAffairs What's Folding@Home, you ask? F@H is a distributed computing project, where you donate unused computer power to a research project. The basic idea is that most computer users aren't using the full capacity of that 5.2 gazillion MHz computer on their desk with 9 billion gigs of RAM, and so wouldn't it be cool if there were a way to use all that excess computing power? When you join Team Global Affairs at Folding@Home, you download a small program that runs in the background on your computer. When that program detects that you have unused capacity (like when your screensaver kicks in, or there's nothing happening), it starts doing some work on the research project. Folding@Home happens to be working on protein folding. Proteins have to "fold" or assemble themselves before they can do anything useful in the human body. If they don't fold properly, bad things happen. As of October 2009, we've got 7 active users. Since its inception in mid-2007, Team Global Affairs has completed some 19,055 work units, earning 3,203,903 points. You can see more information here, which is a fancy way of viewing the official stats here. OK, so I've told you what folding is, and I've bragged on Team Global Affairs a bit. Now what? Now, you decide that you want to help! The main reason we chose F@H is that so many of us have been touched by cancer is some way. Cancer has taken at least one member of this forum as well as spouse and family members of others. It's a bastard of a disease, and an absolutely hideous way to die. Folding is a concrete way for an individual to do something about finding a cure. Here's how you join: Choose a username. You can use the search tool at that link to see if it's available. Go to the Client Download page, and chose the appropriate client for your OS. There are clients for Linux, Mac, PC, and even the PS3. If you have really powerful video cards, there are even clients just for that. When you install the software, use 79189 for your team number. Stanford/F@H stats software will automagically add you to our team stats. That should get you started. There are a bunch of posts about F@H here. If you have a question, you can ask us here, or try the support forums at Stanford. Welcome to the team!