Tech UPTechnologyPlay and do science ... at the same time

Play and do science … at the same time

folditScientists from the University of Washington have launcheda game calledFoldit, similar to Tetris, which allows anyone, from any computer in the world, to contribute to the advancement of molecular biology while having a fun time.

As published today by the magazineNature, the results obtained so far show that the collective intelligence of a group of people playing online can surpass supercomputers when it comes to solving problems that require risk and long-term vision.

The operation ofFolditIt is relatively simple: each player puts their computer at the disposal of scientists (distributed computing) to calculate how a three-dimensional protein folds, one of the great current headaches for biologists. In the game, the participantscollaborate and develop strategies while manipulating simplified proteins like a puzzle.

The biggest challenge, according to Seth Cooper, one of its creators, was making the game fun while producing interesting scientific results. But the more than 50,000 players, of all ages and corners of the world, who have already triedFoldit they show that this balance has been achieved. “We take the ‘effort’ that people put into games and turn it into something productive and useful for humanity,combining the power of computers and the power of the human brain“Explains Cooper.? Is it possible that these players will one day design proteins to fight cancer, block the flu virus, or end the AIDS virus for good,” the authors venture.

Formula milk: how to choose the right one for my baby

The ideal food for babies under six months is exclusively breast milk , and this is recommended by the WHO and the main scientific...

How much do you know about proteins? Measure your knowledge!

Proteins are essential for our body. But do you know exactly what they are for and where to find them? Do the test!

What is ozone?

This substance is found naturally high in the Earth's atmosphere and forms the ozone layer, where it protects the surface from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Charpentier and Doudna win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their genetic scissors

Charpentier and Doudna are the first women to win an exclusive Nobel Prize in science. The reason for the award is that they developed a technique –based on the system called CRISPR / Cas, which was discovered by the Spaniard Francis Mojica in 1993.

Why do we open our eyes in the morning before the alarm clock goes...

Natural alarm clock: do you find yourself opening your eyes every morning just an instant before the alarm clock goes off?