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August 13, 2014

Next-generation sequencing (NGS), in which millions or billions of DNA nucleotides are sequenced in parallel, is the backbone of novel discoveries in life sciences, anthropology, social sciences, biomedical sciences and plant sciences. Read about the SoyKB and iPlant collaboration that is taking plant sciences to the next level.

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.

January 15, 2014

iSGTW recently interviewed Ewan Birney, associate director of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), regarding his keynote talk at the EUDAT 2nd Conference. In this interview, Birney raised the exciting prospect of using DNA as an organic data storage device. But could DNA storage really replace tapes and hard disks for long-term preservation of data? Charles Harvey investigates… 

May 8, 2013

Warp drives aren’t just the stuff of science fiction. Researchers inspired by Star Trek are currently working to make the dream of interstellar travel for human civilization a reality – one day. While the kinks are being worked out, distributed computing may help address the multi-dimensional issues of warp travel.

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 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.

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.

February 6, 2013

What happens when the limits of particular simulations are reached? Read about Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods and the ways you can keep your simulations from venturing over into the dark side.

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. 

December 5, 2012

High-resolution computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations created by NASA researchers are improving rotorcraft aeromechanics and design predictions.



November 28, 2012

Due to the complexity of modern computational science, increasing software errors in code are causing the retraction of research papers in major journals. Now, the RunMyCode project offers a platform to reproduce a published paper's code and data that may be the key to not only reduce errors, but could open the door to better quality science across all research fields.

November 21, 2012

Extracting new knowledge from big data science is such a problem that projects are now underway which may transform research publishing and find relationships too complex for the human mind to see alone.

November 21, 2012

A monkey for a computer brain anyone? Image courtesy International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

November 14, 2012

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

November 7, 2012

Computer hard drive storage 15 times denser than today may be closer, due to discovery that surface-roughness height of 10 atoms is limit at which self-      assembly can successfully occur.

November 7, 2012

When natural disasters and human conflicts strike, who are you going to call? Geographic information systems analysts, that's who. They provide a rapid frontline service to turn satellite imagery into information that helps internally displaced people.

October 31, 2012

In our tough economic times, some are asking how much value university academic research and e-infrastructures give to the economy. The answer is a lot – especially if you measure the contribution of recent university graduates – according to studies in the US.

October 24, 2012

Researchers are using the latest next-gen sequencing and a supercomputer to analyze unusual Geranium genomes, which are natural mutants, evolving many times faster than their plant peers. This could impact research on genetically-modified foods.

October 24, 2012

The latest computer simulations show that nuclear fusion reactions which produce more power than is put in are just around the corner - but recent experiments have called into question the accuracy of these computer models.



October 17, 2012

The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2012 was awarded last week to Serge Haroche and David Wineland, for their ground-breaking experimental methods to measure and manipulate individual quantum systems. Wineland and his colleagues' work holds promise for the creation of practical quantum computers.

October 3, 2012

With the IEEE International Conference on eScience 2012 under a week away, iSGTW caught up with Ian Foster, general chair and moderator of the event. We get his opinions on the key areas of focus of the program, the challenges being addressed, and what attendees should watch out for.