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In the two weeks following the publication of "Look Who's Curing Cancer" (May), about IBM's campaign to recruit the public to volunteer their idle computers for medical research, World Community Grid added 11,000 computers, the sharpest two-week rise so far this year. The Fast Company 54-member team has contributed more than a year of computer time. To join, go to and search for Fast Company. World Community Grid is the only large-scale, single-company effort run on BOINC, the platform created in 2002 by computer scientist David Anderson at the University of California, Berkeley, who is still working to get the word out. "I know for a fact that most scientists don't know about it," he says. The 36 projects under way at explore everything from climate change to quantum computing. — Chuck Salter

Since we wrote about Santiago Calatrava in our February issue, the Spanish starchitect has added a new skill to his résumé: set designer. He debuted five stage designs for the New York City Ballet's 2010 spring season, which was titled, appropriately, "Architecture of Dance." He's the first architect to get such an invitation since Philip Johnson in 1981. "As an architect," Calatrava says, "I have always studied and sought inspiration from movement and the human body. To me, there is no muse greater than a dancer." — Linda Tischler

FiLife, one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies for 2010 (March), abruptly shuttered in April, setting off speculation that the personal-finance site had been paying for clicks. Its 4.4 million unique monthly visitors in December 2009 had plunged to 322,000 by March. Former CEO Ezra Kucharz had no comment, nor did FiLife's former PR firm. — Anya Kamenetz

A version of this article appeared in the July/August 2010 issue of Fast Company magazine.