Participatory science: can you spare a few clock cycles?

[Cross posted from KySat blog] Would you like to participate directly in a distributed science project?

SETI@home is looking for a few good volunteers. By downloading and running some software from SETI your spare computing capacity - be it your home desktop or road-warrior notebook - can be used to help analyze information coming from the world's largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Currently 170,000 people and 320,000 computers are helping to crunch the data.

More on the request can be found in this news release.

Perhaps you'd rather help design proteins to fight disease. Check out other projects to which you and your computer might contribute.