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March 25, 2015

 

Big data opens doors previously closed to researchers, yet the volume of data sends scientists looking for analytical tools to bring order from the informational cacophony. Prior to tools like Bioconductor, there were few options for working with quantitative data types; a discordant score for deciphering the human genetic code was the result.

Today, genomic analysis machines create a common language for users, and build a worldwide community to foster developers from among subject matter experts. These instruments make beautiful music from a mass of genomic information.

February 25, 2015

The South African Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) held its ninth national meeting in December last year. At the event, eight hard-working teams fought to be crowned champions of the student cluster competition.

 

February 18, 2015

Eliminating internal and external barriers affecting national research and education networks (NRENs) in the UbuntuNet Alliance membership region should be the core of the NREN agenda in 2015, argues distinguished NREN advocate Duncan Martin.

February 4, 2015

To determine how early humans survived a population crash more than 100,000 years ago, archeologists looked to the Blacklight supercomputer at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Initial results have shed new light on the field, and promise significant increases in predictive power.

November 12, 2014

Hosted at CERN, UNITAR’s UNOSAT program examines global satellite imagery for humanitarian use. Whether they're providing maps for disaster response teams or assessing conflict damage to help reconstruction, their detailed reports are vital tools for aid workers. But how can satellite imagery help during a health crisis like the Ebola outbreak? 

October 22, 2014

Video and front-page image courtesy AFRICA BUILD.

October 22, 2014

Video and front-page image courtesy AFRICA BUILD.

July 2, 2014

Last week, iSGTW attended the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany. The event featured a range of speakers representing a wide variety of research domains. Awards given by PRACE and Germany’s Gauss Centre for Supercomputing highlighted some of the outstanding research on show at the event. And, of course, the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers was announced.

December 18, 2013

Once fully operational, the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope could produce data at a rate more than 100 times greater than current global internet traffic. Successful handling of this unparalleled data deluge will be key to the project's ability to find answers to some of the most complex puzzles in astronomy.

December 11, 2013

Three quarters of the world’s 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions are found in developing countries. Now, thanks to cloud computing, it is the humble mobile phone — rather than the tablet or smartphone — that has the potential to become the world’s most popular e-reader.

December 11, 2013

Three quarters of the world’s 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions are found in developing countries. Now, thanks to cloud computing, it is the humble mobile phone — rather than the tablet or smartphone — that has the potential to become the world’s most popular e-reader.

November 27, 2013

Discover how the Brazilian National Research and Education Network is using ultra-high definition video footage of surgical procedures to help train health professionals across the country. This 'telemedicine' technology also enables remote monitoring of patients, as well as remote consultation and diagnosis.

July 17, 2013

21-year-old software developer Godfrey Magila has big ideas about how to use technology to build confidence in African voting systems. After taking part in a hackathon in Tanzania in 2011, he was inspired to set up his own business and is now attempting to develop the country’s first ever biometric voter-registration system.

July 17, 2013

21-year-old software developer Godfrey Magila has big ideas about how to use technology to build confidence in African voting systems. After taking part in a hackathon in Tanzania in 2011, he was inspired to set up his own business and is now attempting to develop the country’s first ever biometric voter-registration system.

July 3, 2013

When tapeworms of the species Ligula intestinalis infect fish, the consequences are gory. The parasites grow to fill the host's body cavity, leading to behavioral changes and high mortality rates. Not only is it bad news for the fish themselves, but it's also a major problem for the fish farming industry, which is why scientists keep an eye on where the parasites live and how their geographical distribution evolves. Read this recent EGI.eu case study to find out how grid computing has come to the rescue in enabling scientists to better trace the tapeworms infecting Northern African fish back to Europe.

July 3, 2013

When tapeworms of the species Ligula intestinalis infect fish, the consequences are gory. The parasites grow to fill the host's body cavity, leading to behavioral changes and high mortality rates. Not only is it bad news for the fish themselves, but it's also a major problem for the fish farming industry, which is why scientists keep an eye on where the parasites live and how their geographical distribution evolves. Read this recent EGI.eu case study to find out how grid computing has come to the rescue in enabling scientists to better trace the tapeworms infecting Northern African fish back to Europe.

June 5, 2013

What level of connectivity, types of networks, data infrastructures, e-tools, and projects, etc.are currently available for researchers  in Sub-Saharan Africa?  iMentors, a project funded under the European FP-7 scheme, is starting to map this knowledge in a virtual observatory.

June 5, 2013

What level of connectivity, types of networks, data infrastructures, e-tools, and projects, etc.are currently available for researchers  in Sub-Saharan Africa?  iMentors, a project funded under the European FP-7 scheme, is starting to map this knowledge in a virtual observatory.

April 17, 2013

City lights, sand dunes, and glaciers –oh my! Take a look at NASA’s eye-catching images of Earth from orbit, including true-color satellite images, Earth science visualizations, and time lapses from the International Space Station.

March 13, 2013

How do scientists use supercomputers to predict complex things like weather, climate, earthquakes, and the formation of galaxies? Watch this video to see how supercomputers handle mathematical modeling.

December 19, 2012

With the year almost over we look back at the debates, controversies, and achievements in the world of science and computing. Read our countdown of iSGTW’s most popular stories of 2012. 

November 14, 2012

Are traditional journal subscriptions just too much? Image courtesy PhD comics.

September 26, 2012

A new and easy way of accessing a global computing grid and the processing power of tens of thousands of cores are at the fingertips of anyone: researcher, student, or citizen scientist.