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This is for all the people who have never heard of Folding@Home or are curious what it is and if it actually helps science.


We'll start off with alittle history of F@H

http://fah-web.stanford.edu/talklets/history.html


Then we'll move on to what F@H is and why they developed it.

http://fah-web.stanford.edu/talklets/why.html


And here is one showing what folding molecules actually look like,

http://fah-web.stanford.edu/talklets/look.html


And here is a page discussing the diseases Stanford is studying and the progress thus far,

http://folding.stanford.edu/English/FAQ-Diseases#ntoc5


If you need anymore information concerning folding, please visit Stanfords website here.


I made this thread to give new people a better understanding of why we fold. If you are an experienced folder, all this stuff is common knowledge. I have seen quite a few posts with people asking "What is Folding?" and "Why do we Fold?". Maybe this will expand alittle bit on Taerics thread here.

Thanks and Keep on Folding,

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Inspiration!

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Fair enough, help to cure cancer etc...

But then you make a massive contradiction by leaving all those millions of computers on wasting electricity and contributing to global warming....

Shocking in the age where everyone is wanting energy efficient lightbulbs etc...
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On one hand, a few extra dollars a month for electric bill....on the other hand, helping to find a cure for some of the worst diseases....I think I will help find a cure.
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Very nice thread

I'll be sure to use this to try and get more involved
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Good read or er.. watch!

I've always wondered why OCN takes on Folding@Home but not other similar projects?
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I think its more important than SETI@Home...

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Bump for new folders.
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Folding is easy, and it is for a good cause.... C'mon people... you get a postbit under your user name
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Fair enough, help to cure cancer etc...

But then you make a massive contradiction by leaving all those millions of computers on wasting electricity and contributing to global warming....

Shocking in the age where everyone is wanting energy efficient lightbulbs etc...
Well it does contribute to global warming, no question about it. Tho I have recently watched a show on the topic. It turns out that American's contribute more to global warming by eating hamburgers, then all the cars do in the US on a yearly basis... This includes feeding the animal, the waste it produces, transportation, slaughter, packaging.....and so on. I'm no vegetarian and I loves mah beef, but just thought I would mention this.

Not sure what the numbers are on folding, but I guarantee you that you causing more harm eating beef, then folding 24 hours.. So yea you're better off not eating beef, and just folding your ass off.

A lot of people(including me) leave their pc's on 24/7. I'm burning the juice as it is, so I might as well contribute something to cure disease that I'm going to eventually get from eating all this beef... Just my two cents.
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