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July 15, 2015

The Virtual Imaging Platform (VIP), a science gateway designed to provide access to grid computing and storage resources for medical imaging simulation, is helping scientists based in Sweden research new ways of monitoring the progress of multiple sclerosis.

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) makes it possible.

July 2, 2015

 XSEDE15, the fourth annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world.

This year's theme is "Scientific advancements enabled by enhanced cyberinfrastructure."

XSEDE15 takes place July 26-30 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

July 1, 2015

The Merlin smartphone app has the solution to your bird watching mysteries. Now, Merlin Bird Photo ID takes it one step farther, identifying birds from uploaded photos. Crowd sourcing and artificial intelligence come together to answer a frequently asked question: What bird is that?

July 1, 2015

The volume of video content has exploded in recent years, and museums and libraries face the daunting task of evaluating the condition of their collections to make preservation and access decisions. To meet this challenge, data curators, video engineers, supercomputing experts, and neuroscientists are testing and implementing quality assessment algorithms in supercomputers to rapidly identify levels of video quality in large collections.

June 24, 2015

Scientists have collected wildlife audio samples for many years, and there are many databases of these sounds in existence. BioAcoustica distinguishes itself through tight integration with a cyberinfrastructure for performing analyses.

June 24, 2015

The wizards, er, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a self-folding robot about the size of a US penny. The robot can fold itself like an origami swan, and then move about, executing tasks under the influence of a magnetic field.

At first a printable plastic sheet, it becomes a robot when heated and a small magnet is placed on its back. Thus activated, the robot moves via an interaction between the magnet and external, programmable actuation.

June 17, 2015

The Living Heart project unites the most advanced science and computational tools to model the cardio-vascular system. Doing so will greatly improve the efficacy of medical therapies and open the way to personalized medicine. 

June 3, 2015

A wheeling Milky Way or dancing aurora borealis inspires awe and broadens perspective when viewed across the chronological scales time-lapse videos afford. The trouble is it takes a lot of time to construct these videos. But in the smartphone age, the power of collected photographs enables a more collaborative method.

May 20, 2015

Discover how the DNANANO project has been using the Curie supercomputer — a PRACE tier-0 system — to help design nanocages for targeted drug delivery.

Simulating one of these nanocages for just 100 nanoseconds would take nearly a decade on a normal workstation. However, by accessing PRACE resources, the research group was able to carry out multiple simulations of this kind in less than thirty days.

May 20, 2015

At the recent Internet2 Global Summit iSGTW sat down with George Komatsoulis to talk about the state of distributed research and the NIH Commons, a scalable virtual environment to provide high-performance computing and data storage for bio-medical research. When implemented, the Commons will create a marketplace for digital bio-medical resources, driving down costs and democratizing access.

May 13, 2015

Scientists at the University of Houston have shown the mind can triumph over matter. For the first time, researchers have demonstrated prosthetic grasping control can be inferred from EEG without invasive measures.

 

May 13, 2015

Small colleges and remote learners need not worry about limited access to quality science equipment. The NANSLO solution is to bring the lab to you.  

May 6, 2015

You may think XSEDE is nothing more than access to high-performance computing resources. But did you know XSEDE offers a full range of training opportunities to teach your scientists and engineers how to work with supercomputers?  

April 29, 2015

Germinated bacillus anthracis spores stained and imaged with a smartphone microscope modified for fluorescence. Courtesy PNNL.

April 22, 2015

Heart failure (HF) is a disease experienced globally by 26 million people. A new EU-funded project will monitor breath, saliva, and other symptoms of HF and send smartphone alerts to HF patients every time they find themselves in a critical situation.

April 15, 2015

Mutations pose a risk to crop yields and our ability to feed a burgeoning population. With the aid of cloud computing clusters, Cornell researchers were able to predict where bad mutations are likely to occur. Genetic editing will remove these harmful mutations and allow breeders to continue increasing yield gains.

April 15, 2015

Buying a supercomputer can be a tough sell for administrators to make. A study by Clemson University researchers may change the argument.

April 15, 2015

Cancer researchers at the University of Oslo are using the Abel supercomputer to detect which parts of the genetic code may cause bowel and prostate cancer.

April 8, 2015

Researchers from the University of Surrey, UK, have developed an iPad app that could change the way wildlife is monitored in the future. The Wildsense app loads photos of tigers from the web for analysis by players in return for points. These ‘citizen scientists’ examine these photos and provide further behavioral context that does not typically exist with the image alone. For example, how many tigers are in the image, what are the tigers doing, and what is their environment?

April 8, 2015

Using the Oakley supercomputer and a very small, frozen tuning fork, Joseph Heremans is rewriting our science textbooks. His computational research team has discovered that phonons — sound and heat particles — yield to magnetic fields.

April 8, 2015

They’re only 1/100th the width of a human hair, but these little sensors are kind of a big deal. Dubbed geometrically encoded magnetic sensors (GEMs), they have the ability to change shape once inside human tissue – and they provide greater accuracy than current technology.

April 1, 2015

Naturally occurring crystalline structures called zeolites have the ability to separate molecules, speed chemical reactions, rearrange atomic bonds, and break down long chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms. Scientists screened a large database of possible zeolite structures to find a few that can lead to cheaper ethanol and better engine lubrication. What they’ve discovered could mean greater engine efficiency and big savings for you.

April 1, 2015

Renowned computational biologist Klaus Schulten used the supercomputers at the Texas Advance Computing Center and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to model the binding force of proteins found in cow stomachs. What he discovered may lead us to cheaper biofuel production.