iSGTW RSS Feed http://www.isgtw.org/ Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:22:48 -0600 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:22:48 -0600 Exploring the universe with supercomputing http://www.isgtw.org/feature/exploring-universe-supercomputing <p> The Center for Computational Astrophysics in Japan recently upgraded its ATERUI supercomputer, doubling the machine&rsquo;s theoretical peak performance to 1.058 petaFLOPS. Eiichiro Kokubo, director of the center, tells <em>iSGTW </em>how supercomputers are changing the way research is conducted in astronomy.</p> 38393 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:22:48 GMT iSGTW RSS Feed Unlocking the secrets of vertebrate evolution http://www.isgtw.org/feature/unlocking-secrets-vertebrate-evolution <p> As high-performance computers reshape the future, scientists gain the next-generation tools enabling them to see deeper into the past. Paleobiologists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Indiana University look to these tools to rewrite the story of the snake&rsquo;s evolution.</p> 38780 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:22:48 GMT iSGTW RSS Feed PLANTOID: Robotic solutions inspired by plants http://www.isgtw.org/spotlight/plantoid-robotic-solutions-inspired-plants <p> Humans tend to see plants as passive organisms that don&rsquo;t &lsquo;do&rsquo; much of anything, but plants do move, and they sense, and they do so in extremely efficient ways. Barbara Mazzolai, coordinator of the PLANTOID project, says humans can learn a lot from plants: &ldquo;Our aim is to design, prototype, and validate a new generation of ICT hardware and software technologies inspired by plants.&rdquo; She sees potential applications for such technologies in agriculture, medicine, and even space exploration.</p> 37555 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:22:48 GMT iSGTW RSS Feed How's the weather up there? http://www.isgtw.org/visualization/hows-weather-there 38781 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:22:48 GMT iSGTW RSS Feed