I think it’s fair to say that everybody hates diseases like Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Diabetes, Parkinson’s and others. Even if you’ve had the good fortune not to have any direct connection to these diseases, chances are good you know someone who has. Stanford University’s [email protected] project offers a way for everybody to help work towards breakthroughs with these, and many other diseases.
[email protected] is a project that uses the power of thousands of computers to run through scenarios and crunch numbers based on the folding of proteins in the human body. This research may one day lead to breakthroughs in how to prevent, or even cure a number of diseases. [email protected] has been available for quite awhile on PC. It made an appearance for a few years on Sony’s PlayStation 3 console, and can even run in a Chrome browser window. Now, through a partnership between Stanford and Sony, [email protected] is available on a wide variety of Android devices.
Initially launched in early January on Sony mobile devices, a recent update has opened the door to Android devices running Lollipop (4.4) and up. The app also has several conditions that prevent it from killing your battery. In order to receive data to process your phone must be on Wi-Fi, charged at 100%, and in a 6-hour time window that you can set within the app. The default value is 12am – 6am, though this can be adjusted to a different time frame through the app.
I’ve been using the app for the last few days, and it works exactly as advertised. The only permission that it needs is to connect to your Wi-Fi, and through the stats that it shows it looks to be running for a few hours each night and I still wake up with my battery at 100%. I honestly wouldn’t mind the option to tweak the parameters just a bit to maybe have a larger window, though that may come along in a future update.
For more information about the research, or to download the [email protected] app for yourself, check out the video and the source links below.