fold it promises to let you "solve puzzles for science"... looks like they have a pretty significant win already.
I made the title a bit sarcastic, but I'm honestly, incredibly impressed. This is an incredibly powerful idea.... take a challenging problem... make it into a game that a "layman" can understand and then open it up the masses.... somebody might just beat the game.
Gamers succeed where scientists fail
Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules.
They did it in only three weeks.Read more at scienceblog.com