Your computer is far too idle. In fact, it’s downright lazy.
Seriously — most desktop computers today come with far more computing power than they actually use, and most of the time, those chips inside aren’t doing much of anything.
You can put your computer to work by downloading a program called Rosetta@Home. Rosetta is designed to figure out how proteins fold up, so that we can figure out how drugs might interact with them. And figuring out how proteins are shaped will be critical to understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and malaria.
All you need to do is download and install a bit of software called BOINC, and register it with the Rosetta@Home project. Be careful not do install this on a work computer without permission, of course. And be sure to check out this video, too.