Why video games are key to modern science
November 7th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Why video games are key to modern science

By John D. Sutter, CNN

Camden, Maine (CNN) - Video gamers spend tons of time - for many it's 10,000 hours by age 21 - battling mythic monsters, shooting aliens and rescuing princesses from digital castles.

Adrien Treuille, appearing at the PopTech conference here, wants to put those efforts to better use.

The Carnegie Mellon computer scientist is the creator of two online games - Foldit and EteRNA - that put video gamers to work solving epic scientific puzzles.

His aim is to make super-boring-sounding scientific mysteries like "protein folding" and "RNA synthesis" fun and challenging for gamers.

The results have been staggering, as Foldit and EteRNA players - there are about 430,000 of them between those two games, most of them playing Foldit - continue to make discoveries that had eluded scientists and their supercomputers.

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