Teamwork yields experimental support for FightAIDS@Home calculations
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
jeudi 6 novembre 2014 23:28

Imaging studies have now confirmed some of the computational predictions made during FightAIDS@Home, providing important confirmation of our methodology and the value of your computational results. This work is ongoing, but promises to increase our understanding of how HIV protease can be disrupted.

MilkyWay@home Fundraiser- November 2014
Source:  Milkyway@home
jeudi 6 novembre 2014 18:29

Hi everyone,

Here is a letter from Professor Heidi Newberg:

"Dear Milkyway@home volunteer,

Last July I sent out a plea to MilkyWay@home volunteers to help save our project when our National Science Foundation grant was not renewed. I am happy to report that we have so far raised $37,991 towards a goal of $40,480. We are so close!! Many thanks to the wonderful MilkyWay@home volunteers, my family, and the parents of my former graduate students for keeping us afloat thus far. Donations have come in by credit card, check, PayPal, transfers from donor advised funds, and we received over $3000 from BitCoinUtopia (, which is collecting cryptocurrencies to support our research.

If you are able and willing to help but have not yet made a donation, then now is your chance. To raise the additional $2489 needed, we need thirty-six people to donate $15, twenty people to donate $40, nine people to donate $100, and one very generous person to donate $250. I hope that by next week, we will be able to announce on Facebook ( that we have met or exceeded the goal! Gifts made directly to MilkyWay@home are tax deductible in the US and Canada. Volunteers will receive an on-line badge for donations of any size. For every $100 donated before December 1, 2014, we will send you a free T-shirt (S, M, L, XL, XXL, or XXXL), designed by our team members, that says “I support MilkyWay@home.” After December 1, we will send T-shirts if they are available in your size, but they will not be reprinted.

Already, donated funds have supported undergraduate student Jake Weiss, who is doing a semester of employment on MilkyWay@home. It also payed for travel for our collaborator Larry Widrow to travel to Rensselaer and help us implement new algorithms. Five poster presentations on MilkyWay@home research (three students, one former student, and myself) have been accepted for the January 2015 meeting of the American Astronomical Society; travel to that meeting will be paid by your donations. So far, we are right on track with our budgeting.

Some have asked me if this is a one-time request for funding, or whether this will become the primary source of funding for MilkyWay@home. I recently saw a presentation on funding trends given by the head of the US National Science Foundation Astronomy Division, and I can tell you that the funding projections for federal grants that fund projects like MilkyWay@home are not good. I am expecting that while we need federal funding to keep our project vibrant in the long term, we cannot count on it as the only source into the future. I am working on ways to broaden our support base beyond MilkyWay@home volunteers, to include foundation and corporate support as well as tapping into new funding models for reaching philanthropists with an interest in supporting science.

If you are a person who makes year-end donations, I would really appreciate your adding MilkyWay@home to the list of organizations that you support. We have great plans to discover where dark matter is in the Milky Way over the next ten years. That goal requires significant advances in our computer algorithms that run n-body simulations and that requires the efforts of many students to achieve. Any funds received in excess of our goal this year will be used on additional student salaries. Since most of the funds will be expended on student salaries in summer 2015, we will post a report of the funding used and results achieved in September, 2015.

I and the MilkyWay@home team thank you so much for keeping our research alive!

In appreciation,
Prof. Heidi Jo Newberg and the MilkyWay@home team

Source:  GPUGrid
mercredi 5 novembre 2014 14:50

Hey all, I am starting some new simulations whose names begin with ubi. They are relatively few so you might not notice them much around. Essentially, after some success in folding the NTL9 protein (see previous WU posts) with a new method I was testing, I wanted to scale it up to a bigger, slower-folding (and more famous) protein and see how my method works on it. So here we go with Ubiquitin. If this one is also kind enough to fold fast for me, we might be onto something quite useful :)

OGR: 1,000,000,000 GNodes
Source:  yoyo@home
dimanche 2 novembre 2014 00:00

The Boinc team tested now 1,003,453,991 GNodes of the OGR project. This is 11.9% of the whole project.

Decade of discovery: New precision tools to diagnose and treat cancer
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
lundi 3 novembre 2014 18:03

It's week four of our 10th anniversary celebrations, and we're following up last week's childhood cancer feature by spotlighting another cancer project that's helped researchers develop powerful new tools to diagnose cancer and tailor treatments to individual patients, using big data and analytics.

Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy project update
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
mercredi 29 octobre 2014 19:30

Project updates from the Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy website: February 2009 - October 2014

Decade of discovery: achieving a breakthrough in childhood cancer
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
mardi 28 octobre 2014 14:48

To mark week three of our decade of discovery celebrations, we’re focusing our efforts on childhood cancer research. Through the Help Fight Childhood Cancer project, World Community Grid volunteers powered the screening of over three million drug candidates for neuroblastoma – a common and dangerous form of childhood cancer. Through this screening, researchers identified seven drug candidates that showed great potential for drug development – a breakthrough that could save many young lives.

Crowdsourced power to solve microbe mysteries
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
lundi 27 octobre 2014 18:28

University of New South Wales press release about the new Uncovering Genome Mysteries project on World Community Grid.

Join in the Discovery of Nature's Hidden Superpowers
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
lundi 27 octobre 2014 18:26

Lead researchers, Wim Degrave and Torsen Thomas, give us an insight on the new World Community Grid project, Uncovering Genome Mysteries, in this Citizen IBM blog post.

Sydney Scientists Are Linking Home Computers Around The World To Create A Huge Super Processor
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
lundi 27 octobre 2014 18:21

An article on Business Insider-Australia about the new Uncovering Genome Mysteries project on World Community Grid.


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