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April 9, 2014

With global data output growing rapidly, it is vital that researchers come together to build the social and technical bridges required to enable open sharing of research data. The organization charged with achieving this is the Research Data Alliance (RDA), which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Last month, the RDA held a plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The 497 attendees at the event engaged in discussion on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the role of publishers and persistent identifiers to heritage data and legal interoperability. Data applications discussed also included geospatial information, marine observation, food production, and urban quality of life indicators.

April 2, 2014

Last month, CERN played host to the CineGlobe International Film Festival. The event featured a hackathon event organized by the Tribeca Film Institute, as well as music produced through data sonification.

February 26, 2014

iSGTW speaks to Mark Parsons, who was recently appointed secretary general of the Research Data Alliance. This global organization celebrates its first anniversary next month and will be holding its third plenary meeting in Dublin, Ireland, from 26-28 March, 2014.

Parsons tells iSGTW why it is important for researchers to share their data and explains how the RDA is seeking to harness enthusiasm within the community to bring about a 'culture change' in the way researchers deal with data. He also argues that the greatest barriers to increased data sharing are often social, rather than technical.

June 12, 2013

In the fight against HIV, better understanding of the structure of the virus could lead to new antiretroviral drugs. University of Illinois researchers recently used molecular simulations on the Blue Waters supercomputer to determine the chemical structure of the HIV capsid, which plays a key role in debilitating the immune system.

 

June 12, 2013

Sea level is projected to rise by up to a meter by 2100 due to human-caused increases in greenhouse gases. However, a new study indicates that cutting four kinds of heat-trapping emissions could have an impact this century. Such progress is possible because these pollutants cycle through the atmosphere relatively quickly.

 

June 5, 2013

Despite global agreements to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, current efforts may prove inadequate without more effective – and more affordable – carbon control technologies. A recent breakthrough means next generation carbon scrubbers may soon be at hand.

June 5, 2013

NASA's Aqua satellite captures the explosive growth of springtime phytoplankton, obtaining data that will improve scientists’ understanding of global dynamics and processes, and aid the development of interactive Earth models for predicting global change.

May 29, 2013

Last week, the results of a survey were published in the journal Scienceshowing that many non-scientific factors often come into play when researchers select software for modeling and other purposes. Could researchers' inability to weigh up the relative pros and cons of the software alternatives available to them based on their scientific merits be undermining the scientific method?

May 22, 2013

One of the highlights of the recent TedxCERN conference was a talk given by Ian Foster, widely known as one of the founders of grid computing. He also spoke to an audience of CERN IT department staff about Globus Online and the challenges of big data.

May 15, 2013

At TedxCERN, 18-year-old Florida high school student and Google Science Fair Winner, Brittany Wenger, explained how she built a neural network to help tackle breast cancer.

May 8, 2013

Niall Gaffney has managed some of the richest astronomical data ever recorded in terms of scientific and public impact. In his new role at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Gaffney will oversee the center's big data strategy, and will help TACC address challenges with core techniques and technologies.

- Amber Harmon

May 8, 2013

Scientists at the University of Oklahoma are developing advanced data analysis techniques to discover why some storms generate tornadoes and others do not. Read about these techniques and their potential impacts on early warning systems and forecasts.

May 1, 2013

With access to significantly more computational power, researchers can provide more accurate earthquake predictions with the potential to save lives and minimize property damage. Read about advances in developing code to cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards.

 

May 1, 2013

Renowned computer scientist Paul Messina delivers Peebles Memorial Lecture at Indiana University in Bloomington, US. The university awarded Messina the distinguished Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion at the dedication and launch of Big Red II, the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation.

April 17, 2013

In 2012, the United States suffered its worst drought in 24 years, which led to the worst harvest yields in nearly two decades. Read how scientists are using this data to validate crop yield and climate impact models that simulate the effects of climate on agriculture.

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.

April 10, 2013

The University of Texas at Austin and TACC competed against the top supercomputing centers and universities to claim one of the most advanced systems in the world — and won. The prize, an estimated $50 million-plus investment over a four-year period.

April 3, 2013

On February 15, 2013, as an asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Urals. Many amateur videos from the region captured the asteroid streaking across the sky and exploding in a bright light. Read about the science behind the atmospheric event and similar impacts on Jupiter.

April 3, 2013

We are living in the golden age of exoplanets — over 800 are known, and new discoveries are announced weekly. Find out about the vital role high-performance computing is playing in enabling these discoveries.

 

 

 

March 20, 2013

Faced with the daunting prospect of profiling the complexities of the immune system, researchers at Harvard Medical School/Business School enlisted the help of the world’s largest community of software experts on the site TopCoder.  A recent paper in Nature Biotechnology indicates a cultural shift in academia with experts engaging the collective skills of those outside their community, in order to help them overcome methodological barriers to their work.

March 20, 2013

With more than 10,000 species of birds known to exist, scientists know little about their diversity and development over time. Freely licensed software developed at the University of Utah, US, has enabled researchers to pinpoint a single gene responsible for some very glamorous hairdos.

March 20, 2013

High-performance computing veteran Thomas Sterling will be delivering a keynote speech on HPC achievement and impact at this year's International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig Germany (ISC'13). He speaks exclusively to Nages Sieslack...

March 20, 2013

Calling all citizen scientists. With the exploding availability of data, the need for analysis is steadily becoming a bottleneck in many scientific pursuits. Read about a project aimed at bringing neuroscience to the masses in a way that may surprise and inspire you to take part.

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.

March 13, 2013

Harnessing NASA’s supercomputer, Pleiades, to reconstruct the dynamic forces and undercurrents of the Earth's ocean and sea-ice system.