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February 23, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Alarm App Helps Researchers Fight Disease While You Sleep

New Android App, Power Sleep utilizes a user’s phone’s down time to solve difficult protein sequences from the Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP) database to contribute to scientific research aimed at furthering medical advancements in areas like genetics, biochemistry, and cancer research.

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From The Verge:

Power Sleep — which was backed by Samsung, and made by its former in-house marketing agency Cheil — doubles as an alarm clock designed to replace whatever alarm people were using before. Once set, the app begins grabbing packets of data to crunch, which are about 1MB in size, then sending them back when the process is complete.

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1 Comment

  1. Nice, makes me think of distributed.net and SETI@Home as well. The former had the advantage of being a generic system, not a particular project. Anyways, good job, i will totally be contributing some cycles!

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