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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.

August 29, 2012

On 30 August, 220 computer servers from CERN will start a journey to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Ghana, Africa. This will provide a new computing center for KNUST and enable African students to participate  in simulations of LHC data.

June 27, 2012

Last month, we brought you news about the Square Kilometre Array. Now, we have wind of another ambitious telescope. On 1st July, the Royal Society celebrates the discovery of cosmic rays centenary. One project on show will give new glimpses into the highest-energy universe, processing up to 25 petabytes per year; as much data as CERN manages today, which may require a new worldwide computing grid.

February 1, 2012

Avatars, grids and mobile phones are helping bridge the gap between illiterate deaf people and literate hearing people in Tunisia.

April 20, 2011

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, and Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister, discussed their joint vision of a mobile-phone Internet infrastructure for the developing world.

November 17, 2010

Announcement - e-Science Talk is coming to ERIN4Africa, Helsinki, 9-10 December Due to the success of e-Concertation in Geneva this month, e-Science Talk has been invited to become a media partner at the 2010 Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research and e-Infrastructures, to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 7-10  December 7-10, 2010.  We will be blogging live on GridCast from this four-day conference, which is  supported by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and the Finnish government’s ministries for foreign affairs, employment and economy. The agenda is: •    7-8, Dec, 2010 — “3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research” •    9-10, Dec, 2010 — “2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference”  •    10, Dec, 2010 — Lab Visits Registration is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at the following l

September 29, 2010

Announcement - Registration open for 2nd ERINA4Africa Workshop

Photo courtesy ERINA4Africa.

The 2nd ERINA4Africa workshop will be held at Kumbali Lodge, Lilongwe, Malawi, 6-7 October 2010 with sponsorship from the European Union under the EU FP7 project ERINA4Africa.
The event will provide participants with the opportunity to discover e-Infrastructures and their applications and to network with those interested in application development.
The second (optional) day of this workshop will feature demonstrations and presentations of potential e-Infrastructure applications.
The detailed programme is available here.
Participation is free of charge but limited to 30 participants. Register Now!
Context
e-Infrastructures enable research environments in which researchers globally collaborate and have shared access to scientific facilities (data, communications, computing and instruments).
The coming of the first fibre cables to East Africa in 2009 presented enhanced opportunities for enhan

August 25, 2010

Announcement - Workshop on discovery physics at the LHC, Kruger National Park, South Africa

South Africa’s oldest national park is famous for its large populations of the “Big Five” large mammals — 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino. Image courtesy Kruger National Park

The early registration deadline is 31 August for Kruger 2010: Workshop on Discovery Physics at the LHC, to be held at the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
The workshop itself will be held 5-10 December, where it will include discussions on the latest Monte Carlo tools, cross-section calculations for signal and background processes to higher orders, as well as strategies for new physics searches are expected.
The status of the CERN Large Hadron Collider,along with first measurements from the LHCexperiments, will also be presented.
Amidst the surroundings of one of the worldʼs largest national parks, the physi

April 21, 2010

Opinion: Africa Grid?

Official ribbon-cutting for “Blue Gene for Africa” last year. This supercomputer is the fastest scientific computer on the African continent, capable of 11.5 teraflops (11.5 trillion floating point operations per second). Image courtesy Center for High-Performance Computing

At the EGEE User Forum in Uppsala, the author, Bruce Becker of the Meraka Institute and coordinator of the South African National Grid, called for making an AfricaGrid a reality. Here he outlines the reasons why now is the opportune time for work on this to be starting in earnest.
For some years now, many have been hinting at an “AfricaGrid.”
In the Mediterranean basin, we have seen many African countries participating directly in EUMedGrid (and more recently EUMedSupport).
In the southern region of Africa, we have seen much activity over the last couple of years that allows to envisage at least a “Sub-Saharan Grid.”
This prospect is very appealing to the r