Who says that you can't contribute to scientific advancement in your sleep?
That's the thinking behind distributed computing projects, allowing users to donate spare processing power to a good cause.
In other words, users are essentially working together to create one gigantic supercomputer hivemind.
Probably the most prominent example is the PlayStation 3's Folding @Home program to shed more light on proteins, concluded in 2012.
It's a great concept, and there are loads of programs that support a variety of platforms.
So then, if you want to get in on the action, where do you begin? Well, there are plenty of research projects that need your help.
And best of all, these apps are pretty non-instrusive, either running in the background or when it's convenient for you.
BOINC app for Android
BOINC is the de-facto protocol for distributed computing projects, formed by the University of Berkeley. So then, it's great to see an official app being created.
This Android app is pretty convenient too, using your WiFi connectivity instead of cellular data - and it can be set to only run when the mobile device is being charged.
Best of all, BOINC lets you choose from a number of projects - so if you don't care about a deadly disease (what's wrong with you?!) but do care about astronomy (nevermind), then you can easily switch.
Download the BOINC app for Android here.
Want to play a part in the hunt for extraterrestrial life? Then download this nifty program for desktop computers.
The SETI @Home initiative has been running for years now, letting users analyse radio telescope data from the massive Arecibo observatory.
Check out the SETI @Home website to download the program.
Play to Cure: Genes in Space
Distributed computing projects don't have to be dull programs - they can be fun too, as this game proves.
You'll be controlling a spaceship, collecting a rare element (actually data files) as you speed through space. The files are then scanned by your mobile device and the results are uploaded to the servers. Neat.
Play to Cure: Genes in Space is free on both iOS and Android.
World Community Grid
World Community Grid is another prominent distributed computing initiative, with a number of projects for you to contribute to.
While it uses the BOINC app for Android, desktop users are free to download a dedicated application.
Much like other applications, World Community Grid only really gets going when your computer is idle.
Check out the World Community Grid website for more information.
Samsung Power Sleep
Another Android application, this one is the brainchild of Samsung and the University of Vienna.
The application allows users to donate their spare processing power to decrypt protein sequences, essential for understanding cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Best of all, Samsung Power Sleep is available for most Android devices, running only when the device is charged and connected to WiFi.
Download Samsung Power Sleep from the Google Play Store.