Here are a few GREAT ideas you might find very interesting!
Find Extra Terrestrial Life
What is SETI@home?
SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.Or, pick from this BIG list...
Help to Model Our Galaxy
Help to Model Our Galaxy
Milkyway@Home uses the BOINC platform to harness volunteered computing resources, creating a highly accurate three dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This project enables research in both astroinformatics and computer science.
- Docking@Home — models protein-ligand docking.
- Folding@Home — performs computationally intensive simulations of protein folding and other molecular dynamics (MD).
- Malaria@Home  — performs stochastic modeling of the clinical epidemiology and natural history of malaria.
- POEM@Home — models protein folding using Anfinsen's dogma.
- Rosetta@home — tests the assembly of specific proteins, using appropriate fragments of better-known proteins.
- SIMAP — compiles a database of protein similarities using the FASTA algorithm, and protein domains using InterPro.
- Earth Sciences
- Multi-Applications Projects
- Ibercivis — studies nuclear fusion, materials science, neurodegenerative diseases caused by amyloid accumulation, the effect of light on nanomaterials, fluid mechanics,macromolecular docking, and the function of proteins in memory and learning.
- World Community Grid - studies a variety of problems in biology, medicine and the environment.
- Clean Energy Project — tries to find the best organic compounds for solar cells and energy storage devices.Phase 1 has been completed.Phase 2 has started.
- FightAIDS@Home — identifies candidate drugs that have the right shape and chemical characteristics to block HIV protease.
- Help Conquer Cancer — improves the results of protein X-ray crystallography in order to increase understanding of cancer and its treatment.
- Help Cure Muscular Dystrophy — investigates protein-protein interactions for more than 2,200 proteins whose structures are known, with a particular focus on those proteins that play a role in neuromuscular diseases.Currently on Phase 2.
- Help Fight Childhood Cancer — finds drugs that can disable three particular proteins associated with neuroblastoma.
- Human Proteome Folding Project — studies proteome folding in conjunction with Rosetta@home.Currently on Phase 2.
- Influenza Antiviral Drug Search — finds drugs that can stop the spread of influenza strains that have become drug resistant as well as new strains. Phase 1 has been completed and Phase 2 will start soon.
- Nutritious Rice for the World — tries to predict the protein structure of rice in order to help rice breeders create more abundant, resilient and nutritious harvests.Finished in April 2010
Projects In Development
These projects are considered to be in the Alpha or Beta development stages.
- BURP — to develop a publicly distributed system for rendering 3D animations. (Beta)
- PicEvolvr - uses Cartesian genetic programming to generate art. (Alpha)
- Renderfarm.fi — expands on the BURP code base, focusing on a more accessible user experience of a publicly distributed render farm. (Beta)
- Artificial Intelligence
- Biology & Medicine
- DrugDiscovery@Home - early drug discovery by in silico drug design of chemical compounds for medicines in the fields of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. (Alpha)
- GPUGRID.net - full-atom molecular biology simulations, specially optimized for the Cell microprocessor in PlayStation 3, and Nvidia graphics processing units. (Beta)
- The Lattice Project — studies a variety of problems in biology. (Beta)
- RALPH@home — Rosetta@home official alpha test project.
- RNA World - uses bioinformatics software to study RNA structure. (Beta)
- Superlink@Technion — uses genetic linkage analysis to identify genes that are responsible for genetic disorders. (Beta)
- Collatz Conjecture — studies the Collatz conjecture. (Beta)
- Goldbach's Conjecture - tests Goldbach's weak conjecture. (Alpha)
- NFS@Home - performs the lattice sieving step in the general number field sieve factorization of large integers. (Alpha)
- primaboinca - searches for counterexamples to various conjectures involving prime numbers. (Alpha)
- Ramsey@Home - searches for new lower bounds of Ramsey numbers (Alpha)
- Rectilinear Crossing Number — finds the lowest crossing number for a given array of points on a graph. (Beta)
- RSA Lattice Siever - contains several factorization subprojects. (Alpha)
- WEP-M+2 - investigates the factorization of Mersenne prime numbers. (Beta)
- Physics & Astronomy
- Cosmology@Home — searches for the model that best describes our universe and finds the range of physical cosmology models that agree with the available data. (Beta)
- eOn - uses theoretical chemistry techniques to study condensed matter physics and materials science. (Alpha)
- Hydrogen@Home - searches for the most efficient method of hydrogen production. (Alpha)
- Leiden Classical — general classical mechanics grid for any scientist or science student. (Beta)
- Magnetism@home - explores the equlibrium, metastable and transient forms of magnetization patterns in nanotechnology. (Alpha)
- Orbit@home — monitoring the impact hazard posed by near-Earth objects. (Alpha)
- Pirates@home — currently being used to test BOINC's forum software for possible use by another project: Interactions in Understanding the Universe.(Alpha)
- QuantumFIRE - uses quantum Monte Carlo to investigate solid-state physics and the physical details of quantum chemistry. It also uses the de Broglie–Bohm theory to probe the basis of quantum mechanics. (Alpha)
- Spinhenge@Home — models the spin of elementary particles using the principles of quantum mechanics. (Beta)
- μFluids@Home — simulates two-phase flow in microgravity and microfluidics problems. (Alpha)
- Unspecialized Projects
- CAS@home - is a volunteer computing project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. (Alpha)
- EDGeS@Home - models the behavior of plasma in fusion power devices. (Beta)
- Second Computing — assesses biopolymer dynamics, and models the behavior of clonal colonies in a prairie ecosystem. (Alpha)
- Yoyo@home — calculates optimal Golomb rulers using the OGR application from distributed.net, optimizes the design of a proposed particle collider that will be used to measure the mass of neutrinos, calculates the Lenstra elliptic curve factorization, and analyzes mitochondrial DNA to address fundamental questions about evolution and population genetics.