Play Phylo to help scientists sort DNA.

The Internet Book of Life

PhyloIt just seems like you are matching square colors in a pretty Flash game. But the colored squares represent the four nucleotides of DNA. You are actually comparing sections of genetic material across species, looking for the best alignment (and possibly mapping areas that cause disease.) The site is Canadian and so can be played in both French and English.

http://phylo.cs.mcgill.ca

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Do good to earn discounts and praise with DailyFeats

DailyFeats

Exercise. Get that check-up. Pay those bills. Grown-ups must do a thousand things that they would rather not. It’s all part of being a responsible adult. But what if you could get praise for your good deeds or even discounts at local and national vendors? This is the idea behind DailyFeats.

Register for free to log the good deeds you do every day. Receive praise and give props to others for doing what needs to be done. Earn points that can be redeemed for discounts.

It’s all good!

http://dailyfeats.com

Folding@Home lets your computer solve disease.

Folding@HomeWhen proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. “misfold”), there can be serious consequences including many well known diseases such as Alzheimer’s and many cancers. Run  Folding@Home on your home computer or on your Playstation 3 to help scientist figure out these diseases. To fold proteins on your PS3, download the “Life with PlayStation” application and then choose “Folding@home” channel. Stanford University runs this project.

http://folding.stanford.edu

Play Phylo to help scientists sort DNA.

PhyloIt just seems like you are matching square colors in a pretty Flash game. But the colored squares represent the four nucleotides of DNA. You are actually comparing sections of genetic material across species, looking for the best alignment (and possibly mapping areas that cause disease.) The site is Canadian and so can be played in both French and English.

http://phylo.cs.mcgill.ca

Find deep space objects at Galaxy Zoo.

Galaxy ZooTake a close look at some of those gorgeous photos from the Hubble Telescope. Look at the stars and galaxies…and then classify them. Afron Smith, Technical Lead of Galaxy Zoo, recalls, “There was the user Hanny van Arkel, who did just that, went a little bit beyond just looking at the task that she was assigned. And she noticed something a little bit unusual in one of the photos, and she wrote to the project staff and asked them, what is this thing?”

Miss van Arkel had discovered a new astronomical phenomenon! “And it’s since been named after her. It’s called Hanny’s Voorwerp,” says Smith. (“Voorwerp” is Dutch for “object.”)

Will you be the next Hanny van Arkel?

http://www.galaxyzoo.org

Record public domain books for Librivox.

LibrivoxBring out your inner actor by recording books in the public domain, that is, those published before 1923. Register for free at the LibriVox forum (http://forum.librivox.org/ucp.php?mode=register). Then use a microphone, your computer, and free software to lay down and edit your recordings of books for others to enjoy.

http://librivox.org/volunteer-for-librivox/

EteRNA lets you design new RNA in an online game.

EteRNACompete online to design new viable patterns of ribonucleic acid or RNA. You know, those chains of four bases: adenine, cytosine, guanine and uracil that stick together in specific pairings to turn genes on or off. You fold ‘em, you match ‘em to make unique structures. The best designs are chosen every week to be synthesized in an actual laboratory to see how well they would hold up in real life. Don’t worry if you know nothing about genetics. There are tutorials to show you what to do. This online game was developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University.

http://eterna.cmu.edu