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Last night's guest on The Colbert Report was Jane McGonigal talking about how the world needs more gamers to change the world.

She mentioned that there are games out there "working on curing cancer, ending poverty and stopping climate change."
Steven Colbert then asked "Do they work?"
Jane replied "So far this year 57,000 gamers co-authored a paper for Nature Journal, the prestigious scientific journal, they didn't have any training in biochemistry at all, but they played a game that helped them co-author a paper."

The interview is now up on the Colbert Nation website (although it might not be available worldwide):

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/373360/february-03-2011/jane-mcgonigal

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Need.....

play..... more..... ;]

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It was actually that show

It was actually that show which I first heard about this game. I usually do not what the Colbert Report, but the moment I do I find something amazing!

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Foldit and Eterna in sciences News

Eterna and foldit in the news of science
AAAS (American association for the advancement of Sciences)
http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/07/will-nih-embrace-biomedical-research.html?ref=hp

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in nature methods august 2011
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David Baker on Naked Scientist
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Seth Cooper on foldit

Interview with Seth Cooper: http://www.innovationstuntmen.com/?p=1759 (scroll down, article german but interview is english)

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I want

statue like that! ;]

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Adrien Treuille in Smart Planet
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Analysis of Social Gameplay Macros in the Foldit Cookbook
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thanks auntie for picking up the info!
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the most thorough news article on the latest nature paper

seems to be this:

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/18/7802623-gamers-solve-molecular-puzzle-that-baffled-scientists

the press wave is now over 70 articles most of which are repeats of the press release, while others contain some pretty inaccurate information (not unusual from our previous experience)

http://news.google.com/news?q=foldit

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David baker explaining almost everything
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