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Apocalypse Now-ish: can crowdsourcing save us from 2012?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the scientific establishment was astonished when players of online protein-folding game Foldit work out the structure of an HIV enzyme. Biochemists have struggled with this fiendishly complex enzyme for over 10 years. It took the Foldit crowd 3 weeks to decode it. Finding the antidote to a deadly global epidemic should be no problem.

Finally, if the end really is nigh, we can always mobilize crowdsourced crisis response platforms to help sort out the mess. I bet Ushahidi …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… will know, here at Microtask we love a bit of science fun. Back in November we blogged about Foldit, a freely-available online protein-folding game. Foldit players contribute directly to scientific discovery: 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 …

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Science fun: the protein shake that makes you a genius

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… medium-rare on a barbecue, but the brain-food found in the science-meets-crowdsourcing game Foldit.

You got to know when to hold it; know when to foldit

Foldit is a free, online protein-folding game. Players tweak, shake and wiggle chains of amino acids into stable 3D shapes (think biochemical origami).

The usefulness of proteins 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 …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In Europe and the US right now, almost no issue commands more air time than persistently high unemployment rates (other than what Kate Middleton is wearing, of course). But beyond the depressing jobless figures, new trends may be changing labor markets, and the economy as a whole.

Crowdsourcing was one of 2011’s buzzwords, but its potential is still largely unrealized. 3D …


Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

According to the latest UN figures , there are now over 7 billion people living on planet earth. In response, the world’s media has exploded with dire predictions of famine, war and climate disaster (and some great info-graphics ). Of course, in Finland over-population is hardly a major problem (except for reindeer and right-wing politicians ). But we’re probably as …

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