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February 12, 2014

Karlheinz Meier, one of the three co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project, will deliver a keynote talk at this summer's ISC'14 event in Leipzig, Germany.

Funded by the European Commission, the Human Brain Project is an ambitious endeavor, with the intention of greatly advancing the understanding of the human brain using cutting-edge computer technologies.

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. 

August 15, 2012

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month, you're almost certainly aware that on 4 July scientists at CERN announced they had discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson. However, what you may not know is that distributed computing played a crucial role in the race towards this discovery.

August 1, 2012

The Higgs boson-like particle has been turned into music. Not only is this a way to bridge the gap between science and the public, but it could enable researchers to hear their work in a new light.

July 11, 2012

Candidate Higgs boson decay to four electrons recorded by ATLAS in 2012. Image courtesy ATLAS.

July 11, 2012

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have identified a new particle that is consistent with the Higgs boson. Confidence levels are as high as 5.0 sigma. This means the probability of the background alone fluctuating up by this amount or more is about one in three million. The director general of CERN, Rolf Heuer, said this global success was only made possible because of the experiments, infrastructure, and grid computing.

July 4, 2012

The top quark may interact with the Higgs field and open up new physics such as supersymmetry. Distributed computing enables researchers to home in on this elusive particle.

December 7, 2011

For the last 40 years, the way that large-scale services, such as global banks, and scientific experiments, such as the LHC at CERN, have been managing their data has been reminiscent of Lyman Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:there's only one tried-and-tested path, a 'yellow brick road', and it's relational databases. But over the last couple of years, some new, non-relational database models have emerged and may represent the next step in the evolution of data management.