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EteRNA by Carnegie Mellon & Stanford University

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EteRNA is a science based puzzle game in which players help to solve real life RNA molecule folding problems. Starting out with simple, yet addictive puzzles, the player is trained up until they have the skills to contribute to regularly changing RNA problems posed by the scientists behind the game. Top voted solutions are synthesised in a lab and ultimately improve RNA folding research at a much faster rate than traditional computer models.

Why we love it:

  • Easy to pick up puzzle mechanic.
  • Empowers the player to contribute to real life science issues.
  • Great example of crowd sourced science that is actually fun!

Play it online (free)