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August 26, 2015

Big data has been making a lot of headlines, but it's more than a fad or a mere academic exercise: It's about saving lives. Rice University bioengineers have pioneered an algorithm that helps doctors match child leukemia sufferers to the appropriate treatment.

August 26, 2015

From George Washington to Barack Obama, US presidents have been delivering the State of the Union address for the last 225 years. Mining nearly 2 million words, researchers at Columbia University trace a remarkable stability amid the discourse streams and identify a significant historical shift in the American notion of governance.

August 19, 2015

When the New Horizons spacecraft met up with Pluto last month, astronomers christened one of the features Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), a nod to the Russian satellite Sputnik 1. Sputnik was launched on October 4, 1957, kicking off the space age in the process.

(Read our coverage of the New Horizons Pluto flyby here.)

July 8, 2015

Digital humanists look into the past to tell us about our present. Armed with supercomputing and artificial intelligence, they read big data archives for patterns and meanings otherwise hidden to the human reader. Douglas Duhaime is combing these repositories to trace the reuse of ideas; what he’s discovering will help catch thieves and maybe rewrite history – again.

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

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

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.  

April 29, 2015

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

February 25, 2015

Video courtesy DEEP-ER project.

June 4, 2014

Video courtesy PLEASED.

Most iSGTW readers will have heard plenty of talk of 'the internet of things', especially over the past few years. But have you heard about 'the internet of livingthings'?

May 21, 2014

This year’s International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany, is now just one month away. iSGTW speaks to Niko Neufeld ahead of his talk at the event, ‘The Boson in the Haystack’, which will take place during the session on ‘Emerging Trends for Big Data in HPC’ on Wednesday 25 June.

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.

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.

January 9, 2013

Scientists go to the ends of the Earth to study the current state of polar ice sheets, collecting vast amounts of data — three to four terabytes per flight. Read about the clustered computing system and high-speed network in the clouds that make this possible.

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
Wim Klein's farewell performance at CERN (in French). Video courtesy CERN.

Yesterday, Tuesday 4 December 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of Wim Klein's birth. Klein, who died in 1986, is an important part of CERN's computing history. He was employed at the organization from 1957 to 1976 as a human calculator, checking the results of calculations carried out by computers.

November 21, 2012

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

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 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

Imagine an open-access and open-source parallel computer with up to 45 gigahertz of CPU performance that fits onto the size of a credit card. A new Kickstarter project seeks to achieve all that for just $99.