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31 August 2011

As society adjusts to the knowledge that our climate is changing, policy makers are faced with a difficult question: how can they use policy to help prevent and cope with climate change, while minimizing the damage to economic health? Two years ago, grid computing luminary Ian Foster and other computer scientists joined forces with economists, climate scientists, and geophysicists to create a computer modeling framework that could help decision makers answer these questions.

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An international seismic and radionucleotide monitoring system keeps close watch on a real time flow of data to sound the alert on nuclear tests anywhere in the world.

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Researchers study the structure of a protein linked to cancer, autoimmune disease, and a host of other illnesses, by using grid and high-performance computing.

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