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HILDEN, GERMANY - MARCH 11: An employee of German biotech company Qiagen demonstrates the use of the Qiagen QIAstat-Dx testing device for infectious diseases at the Qiagen plant on March 11, 2020 in Hilden, Germany. Qiagen has modified the device for testing fluid samples for coronavirus infection and Qiagen is seeking to deliver it to hospitals, clinics and doctors across Europe. Germany has registered approximately 1,200 cases of coronavirus infection and recently reported its first two deaths. (Photo by Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)

You don’t even need to leave your home to do it.

Dateline, the internet.

To find treatments for Covid-19, scientists need a ton of computing power to simulate how various proteins interact.

The scientists don’t really know what combinations of proteins might kill the Covid-19 virus, there’s a lot of different combinations to test out.

So the website FoldingAtHome.org has been asking people to download software that lets your computer run simulations when you’re not using it.  That’s right:  Your computer can help solve the mystery of the Coronavirus.

Each simulation you run is like buying a lottery ticket. The more tickets we buy, the better our chances of hitting the jackpot.

Over 400,000 people have already signed up.  And the raw computing power combined is already close to three times faster than the world’s fastest supercomputer.

If you have a computer that’s just sitting around, barely being used… consider helping out!

Click here for more information.

Carl Craft is studying here on earth for a short time and trying to make the most of it... with varying amounts of success. He's heard every morning on The Morning Rat Race. Sometimes he goes, "sock / shoe, sock / shoe" which we think is a sign of some kind of psychosis...