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The Podium

Wednesday, September 21

Today in Innovation

By Brad

Via Talking Points Memo’s Carl Franzen comes a cool story about video game players, AIDS research, and an innovative solution to a problem:

As fanciful as it may sound at first, gamers on Foldit, a crowdsourced, online protein folding simulator from the University of Washington, actually managed to solve a longstanding problem in AIDS research that has vexed scientists for more than a decade. And they did so in about 10 days.

The full story, which involves spatial reasoning skills, structural determination, and something called “folding proteins,” is worth checking out.