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BOINC September 7, 2007

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If you fancy contributing to good causes in a slightly different way then it’s worth having a look at some of the distributed computing projects that you can sign up to on the Internet. These projects utilise the unused computing power of PCs all over the world to work on medical and scientific projects. You simply download a small piece of software which works in the background while you get on with other things.

For several years I’ve had computers running the Grid.org Cancer Research program which is part of an Oxford University project to try and find drugs to fight cancer. Recently I’ve switched to another piece of software called BOINC. The nice thing about BOINC is that it allows you to run lots of different projects from different organisations. You can choose to help fight aids, investigate proteins connected to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, join the search for extraterrestrial life or even take part in the BBC’s climate change research project.