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January 9, 2013

Volunteers from the World Community Grid have helped scientists conduct research into over 5 million protein-protein interactions. The computational simulations provide scientists with a greater understanding of the roles proteins play in neuromuscular diseases.



December 19, 2012

Top figures from industry and academia tell iSGTW what they think 2013 has in store. Experts from CERN, The Open Science Grid, European Grid Infrastructure, The Top 500 List, and the Citizen Cyberscience Center share their predictions for the year ahead. 



Plus: What are you most excited about in the world of scientific computing in 2013? Why not tell us in our comments section? 

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

The Computing for Sustainable Water Project has run its course following six months of computation on the World Community Grid. The project has focused on the issues surrounding the quality of water in the Chesapeake Bay area, the largest watershed of the Atlantic seaboard of North America. The researchers behind the project hope to apply the lessons learned here to other watersheds around the world.




September 12, 2012

With the popularity of smartphones soaring, it's time grid computing projects tapped into this valuable resource, say researchers from Germany.

August 15, 2012

An Android-based cosmic ray detector, an open data initiative, a browser-based LHC dashboard and a standard infographic for the standard model… just some of the innovations to come out of the 2012 CERN Summer Student Webfest.

August 2, 2012

Are you passionate about science? Do you like communicating that passion to the general public? Then come along to the very first CERN Summer Student Webfest kicking off Friday 3 August! The Webfest will spark new ideas that could innovate the future of web-based education about CERN, the LHC and particle physics.

July 4, 2012

You only have a few days left for a chance to win a prize from our goodies bag. All you have to do to enter is complete our short and anonymous readership survey.

May 2, 2012

On the 26th April, the Virtual Science Hub launched a beta-version of its website in five European countries. Its goal is to bring together schools and research institutes to improve current science teaching. Students will experience authentic scientific research as it is done today.

April 25, 2012

The Einstein@Home volunteer computing project has enabled the public to discover 27 new stars. When someone finds a new pulsar, not only do they enter the history books, they also get a personal email or even a signed-for-letter from project leader Bruce Allen.

April 25, 2012

Today's open-source hardware movement empowers poor rural communities to communicate freely over Wi-Fi,  helps researchers independently measure the speed of neutrinos, and creates new business markets by allowing entrepreneurs to get involved in large projects. Proponents say 2012 is the year open hardware will take flight. But before take-off, the community needs best practice standards to serve as a flight plan.

March 28, 2012

Image courtesy André-Pierre Olivier.

March 21, 2012

In a project that could set an example for other earthquake-prone areas, high school students in Taiwan are now taught how to install low-cost seismic sensors at home and school. Scientists use them to offer students hands-on learning in geosciences and cloud computing.

March 14, 2012

Extreme citizen science is about enabling any community around the globe to start a citizen science project that will help them deal with issues that concern them.

March 14, 2012

Charity Engine is a new volunteer computing project. Every processing job a volunteer completes creates money for the world's largest charities. It also promises to eventually be the most energy efficient computing grid on the planet.

February 29, 2012

Image courtesy André-Pierre Olivier.

February 22, 2012

The Citizen Cyberscience Center held the second London summit last week, presenting projects from aerial balloon mapping to identifying wild animals.

February 15, 2012

This poster was designed by Andre-Pierre Olivier

This week researchers and volunteers will gather in London, UK, to lunch, laugh and launch the future of science, at the Citizen Cyberscience Summit.

February 1, 2012

When a malaria vaccine becomes available, it could be effective to vaccinate people of all ages in low transmission areas in addition to the plans to vaccinate only infants in high transmission areas, according to a Swiss team that ran simulations using, a popular volunteer computing project.

November 9, 2011

'Crowd sourcing' website Kaggle asks scientists and statisticians to mine data to help solve outstanding puzzles for NASA, healthcare providers, and other large companies - and those who provide the right answers can earn up to three million dollars for their time.

October 12, 2011

The LHC is one of the biggest, most complex machines in the world. And physicists are reviving the volunteer computing project Sixtrack, part of LHC@Home, to design the 2020 upgrade.

September 21, 2011

What role will desktop grids play in the future? E-ScienceTalk’s Manisha Lalloo describes some of the projects underway and the role of this type of computing in the future.

September 14, 2011

It is a characteristic of our culture that we glorify scientific genius. Galileo Galilei, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman and Stephen Hawking are just a few of the illustrious names from the canon of physics saints. Other disciplines have their own haloed ones. The role of the amateur scientist, in comparison with these greats, seems to vanish into insignificance.

Yet the future of science is the age of the amateur: the Internet will affect science in the same way it affected journalism, argues François Grey, the coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Center at CERN.

September 7, 2011

Complex animations and computer graphics, a field long driven by gamers and movie makers, requires computationally expensive ‘rendering’. This involves generating a single image from a model that contains information about an object – its geometry, viewpoint, lighting, etc.

As well as being used to create computer animated movies and shows, such as Shrek, The Penguins of Madagascar, and Happy Feet, rendering is also useful for areas such as medicine and architecture.