Would anybody here like to support some distributed computing projects to help treat/cure diseases? There are programs you can put on your computer which use spare CPU power to do calculations for medical research. As most of you know, computers are a big part of research today. Unfortunately, researchers can't be spending their entire budget on computers just to crunch numbers; however, there is a work-around. Instead of the researchers buying computers, they can create software which can make any computer contribute to research by using spare CPU power to crunch numbers. Distributed computing projects do not slow down your computer; they have the lowest priority when it comes to using CPU power. There are many different projects to support: Find-a-Drug runs calculations to find molecules which will inhibit/kill viruses/bacteria which cause illness. The user can select which illness to crunch numbers for. I currently have 4 computers fighting AIDS with this program. This program uses about 11mb of RAM. United Devices is mostly based around curing cancer, but according to their website, smallpox has been added. I don't remember exactly how much RAM this one uses but I think it was around 25mb. Folding @ Home does calculations for protein folding. I don't exactly know what good that will do because I'm not a biologist or a doctor. Maybe Monique knows. This program uses about 15mb of RAM. Genome @ Home does calculations to study genomes. This is made by the same people who made Folding @ Home. This program uses about 15mb of RAM. Drug Design Optimization Lab is a bit like Find-a-Drug but it uses 8x as much ram and doesn't let you choose which disease you are doing calculations for. Their aim was to cure normal diseases but after 9/11 they started gearing towards bioterrorism things like anthrax and smallpox. This program uses about 80mb of ram; that's why I don't recommend this one. Please support one of them. Your computer might be the one to find the treatment for a disease you may get in the future.