Link of the week - Rosetta@home vid cracks 20,000 YouTube views
The Rosetta@home volunteer computing project has created a superb communication tool in this popular YouTube flick. At the time of publishing this issue of iSGTW, the video had already soared past 19,800 views.
At just under seven minutes long, the clip covers everything from DNA to interplanetary exploration, but more importantly, it takes the Rosetta@home message to a computer-savvy public.
Neatly explaining the challenges of protein folding and the benefits of research enabled by Rosetta@home, the video also underlines the philosophy and theory of distributed computing, encouraging viewers to become involved with the project.
What is Rosetta@home?
Rosetta@home is a BOINC-powered volunteer computing project that uses spare computing cycles to determine the three-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. Volunteers can run the Rosetta program on their idle computers to help speed and extend this research, which aims to design new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, malaria, cancer and Alzheimer’s.