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What Is the World Community Grid?

Written: 11/23/2004 Edited: 09/16/2021 Innovation is one of those words that is a bit hard to internalize. Merriam-Webster says innovation is the introduction of something new or a new idea, method, or device. That would be a narrow definition, perhaps even obsolete. Innovation is much more than invention or introducing new technology. Some would say […]

Microbiome Immunity Project

Scientists know a lot about the human microbiome, but there is much more they do not know. We have trillions of bacteria in and all over our bodies. Healthcare providers know bacteria play a role in the development of a number of diseases, including Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, but researchers don’t yet […]

Building a PC for the Grid

When I was a kid, I built ham radio equipment and other electronic kits (see https://www.johnpatrick.com/hobbies/ham-radio/). Fast forward to 70 and I decided to build a PC. One of my sons gave me an AMD Multi-core CPU for Christmas. I purchased the other components from Amazon and other sites. Pictures of the components are on […]

World Community Grid – Zika

The World Community Grid has brought hundreds of thousands of people and millions of computers together from across the globe to create the largest non-profit computing grid benefiting humanity. It does this by pooling surplus computer processing power from users’ PCs. Although the PC will be the minority participant in the networked world compared to […]

The Math and Science Gap

Most pundits seem to be bullish about the American economy, but they also seem to agree that a point of weakness is a widening “skills gap” in science and math education. Some claim the gap is the equivalent of a long-term national recession. One person who takes this issue quite seriously is Gary Beach, publisher emeritus […]