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Stanford’s Research App Folding@Home Now Available On More Android Devices

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 Folding@Home project offers a way for everybody to help work towards breakthroughs with these, and many other diseases.

Folding@Home 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. Folding@Home 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, Folding@Home 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 Folding@Home app for yourself, check out the video and the source links below.

  Download Folding@Home from Google Play  Source: Stanford.edu
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