Intel has teamed up with GridRepublic to launch a Facebook application that allows the spare processing power in a PC to be used to fight diseases and study climate change, CNET reports. The massive amount of data crunching necessary for high-level research is often extremely expensive or not readily available. Intel's solution is Progress Thru Processors, a computing application built on the Facebook platform that allows people to donate their PC's available data-processing capacity to research projects such as Rosetta@home, which uses computers to determine the three-dimensional shapes of proteins that might ultimately lead to finding cures for some major...

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