Tuesday, November 22, 2005
In a process known as distributed computing, researchers in England are tapping the unused power of millions of home computers worldwide to model our changing climate. And you can help them. Just go to Climateprediction.net to create an account. Don't worry: The client software you download will only run when your processor is not occupied doing other things. If you choose to, you can watch your climate model operate with visualization software or even make it your screensaver. By the same token, you can ignore it entirely, happy in the knowledge that you're doing your bit to understand climate change even as you sleep.