Donating computing time
Helping from home to find a drug for coronavirus? Folding@home wants to make this possible. In the project of Washington University in St. Louis, USA, volunteers donate unused computing time from their notebooks and PCs to science. Using special software, small subtasks of large protein simulations are transmitted to private computers and solved there. The aim is to use joint computing power to better research diseases such as COVID-19 or cancer and possibly develop drugs.
Into the forest to the bark beetle
Who doesn’t know bark beetles? Many forests are threatened by the vermin, especially since its population has increased significantly in some places thanks to favourable conditions. But what actually is it that makes the bark beetle dangerous for trees? This is exactly what Tobias Brügmann explains on Instagram: On his channel “tobiology.de”, he has made the critters from the family of the weevils the protagonist of a contribution. Successfully so: with his excursion into the forest, he took first place in the “Super Fast – 24h Instagram Challenge”. 18 instagrammers had participated in the video competition of Fast Forward Science.
Twitch channel “Forschungsstrom”
Watch and join in
Science communication the alternative way: about once a month, the format “Forschungsstrom” (research current) goes online on the video portal Twitch. The relaxed forum, in which topics from science and research are presented and discussed, can be seen live on the Internet via the platform. What makes this special: on Twitch, viewers sitting at home in front of their screens can ask questions and make contributions via a chat. All programmes can also be watched on YouTube afterwards – at this point of course without live chat.