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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… the more proteins they fold, the closer scientists get to curing diseases like Alzheimer’s and AIDS.

Refusing to be out-innovated by mere protein professors, geneticists at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University have created EteRNA. EteRNA is another folding game: this time the goal is to help create the first large-scale library of synthetic RNA designs (which sounds like you’re studying for a PhD as opposed to playing a puzzle game ).

It doesn’t take a genius to see that …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… enormous. Almost every day new applications for it pop up, from composing ringtones to curing AIDS.

Currently, many of these solutions are more gimmicky than great. If any of you clicked on the ringtone crowdsourced above (and didn’t smash your computer trying to make it shut up) you’ll know what I mean. But the industry is still in its infancy. As it matures, and its strengths are understood and applied more effectively, we can expect the co-operation and efficiency it facilitates …

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Crowds against the Machine: will digital workers soon be digitized?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of text. New applications and companies are constantly popping up – from real time mapping aids for the blind to the latest crowd funding initiatives (see The Daily Crowdsource if you want to try and keep pace – you might even spot a familiar face).

In fact, the more computers enter everyday life, the more microtasks there are likely to be for distributed workers to help with. So while the machines may be rising, I’m betting it will be a while before they rival the power and …

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Science fun: the protein shake that makes you a genius

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is explained in detail on the  Foldit site. Suffice it to say, if we want to cure Alzheimer’s, AIDS or even just allergies, we’re definitely going to need them.

For years computers have struggled with the pattern recognition and problem solving ability needed to fold proteins. Foldit’s creators found that people – even those with no scientific background – excelled at these skills. In a study published in  Nature, human players were pitted against the latest modeling software, …

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