Science Friday: a global computing project, vaccination follies, and - ! - daylight saving time
Middle son suggests:
“You should check out WorldCommnityGrid.org if you haven’t already. It’s a distributed computing site which has a number of projects which you can choose from. Right now, my computer is crunching the numbers of the binding of protease inhibitors in both Dengue fever and the HIV virus (in the Discovering Dengue Drugs Together and Fighting AIDS At Home projects—DDDT and FAAH, respectively). I guess the biochemists didn’t really want to come up with cool acronyms. There’s also folding@home, a hugely successful project which has resulted in the publication of more than 50 scientific papers.
I think these projects are really neat, and you can set them to only be active while the computer has been inactive for a certain period of time.
I think I’m going to get our home file server working on one of those when I get it running. An easy way to help towards important work.
BBC reports that British “Schoolgirls to get cancer jab” as the new HPPV vaccine goes online. Parents who worry that granting their daughters protection from a dangerous STD would make them promiscuous, however, can opt out. On our own shores, by the way, presidential candidate Ron Paul is an anti-vaxxer, a group of particularly dangerous denialists whose short memory of what it was like before vaccines poses a threat of revisiting some of our old plagues.
Just in time for the bi-annual enforced wrench-in-the-gears, comes a chronobiologist’s post: Daylight Savings Time is worse than previously thought.
That’ll have to do for today; I’m off to get my car from the mechanic. It’s a new thing for me, letting someone else work on my car.