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From forecasting shuttle re-entry to medical procedure outcomes, engineers are working fast to create computer models we can trust

From forecasting shuttle re-entry to medical procedure outcomes, engineers are working fast to create computer models we can trust

Days before the space shuttle Columbia began its ill-fated return to Earth on Feb. 1, 2003, NASA engineers tried to evaluate the severity of damage sustained two weeks before, when a piece of foam had struck the shuttle during takeoff and damaged its thermal protection system. Engineering and computational researchers at The University of Texas…   » Continue Reading

With the help of supercomputing power, researchers explore the health risks of wireless devices through virtual body models and advanced algorithms

With the help of supercomputing power, researchers explore the health risks of wireless devices through virtual body models and advanced algorithms

VIDEO Every moment, we’re swimming in a sea of electromagnetic radiation. Appliances, power lines, cellphones, Wi-Fi and a slew of other modern technologies emit microwaves that pass through, and interact with, our bodies. As wireless technology continues to proliferate in our daily lives, anxiety builds about its dangers.  Do cellphones cause cancer? Impact fertility? Affect…   » Continue Reading

Archaeologists and technologists develop supercomputer-powered solutions to protect and preserve ancient sites and artifacts

Archaeologists and technologists develop supercomputer-powered solutions to protect and preserve ancient sites and artifacts

VIDEO When Adam Rabinowitz was 15 years old, his aunt, an archaeologist, invited him to join her on a dig in Sicily. Twenty-three years later, Rabinowitz, now the assistant director at the Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA) at The University of Texas at Austin, is still traveling around the world getting dirt under his nails.…   » Continue Reading

Texas Advanced Computing Center helps the National Archives find solutions to the nation’s digital records deluge

Texas Advanced Computing Center helps the National Archives find solutions to the nation’s digital records deluge

How does an archivist understand the relationship among billions of documents or search for a single record in a sea of data? For the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) — the government agency responsible for managing and preserving the nation’s historical records — the proliferation of all kinds of digital data, especially digital records,…   » Continue Reading

Scientists, engineers and researchers contribute expertise to catastrophic BP oil spill

Scientists, engineers and researchers contribute expertise to catastrophic BP oil spill

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, The University of Texas at Austin is marshaling its expertise to respond. Engineers, scientists, researchers and other experts at the university are involved in a variety of efforts. They are modeling what could happen if a hurricane hits the oil spill, providing real-time satellite imagery…   » Continue Reading

Scientists depend on advanced computing to better understand evolution, drug discovery and genetics

Scientists depend on advanced computing to better understand evolution, drug discovery and genetics

Today’s medical technology can recognize tumors smaller than a fingernail, decode your DNA to predict future illness and even read a person’s mind by identifying electronic patterns in the brain. “Medical advances seem like wizardry,” said Harold Varmus, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “But pull back the curtain, and sitting at…   » Continue Reading

Ranger supercomputer renders Sun anew for most advanced planetarium show ever produced

Ranger supercomputer renders Sun anew for most advanced planetarium show ever produced

“We live on a planet powered by a star.” –Whoopi Goldberg, “Journey to the Stars” Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History The Sun is the source of life and light, a bright companion in our travels through space. In recent years, new observations, new theories and new computer models of the Sun have shed…   » Continue Reading

With Hurricane Ike, researchers develop next-generation forecasts to safeguard coastal communities

With Hurricane Ike, researchers develop next-generation forecasts to safeguard coastal communities

Science at the Center of the Storm: It was Sept. 7, 2008, six days before Hurricane Ike, the third most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, crashed into the Texas coast. Ike had already made landfall in Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane, and in the coming days would gather strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas Advanced Computing Center’s latest supercomputer fuels a new era of scientific breakthroughs

Texas Advanced Computing Center’s latest supercomputer fuels a new era of scientific breakthroughs

What factors drive climate change? How did galaxies form after the Big Bang? Have we reached a point in medicine where doctors can customize patient-specific treatments to illness? What will we discover in the vast streams of data flowing through telescopes, sensors and large particle colliders? The answers to these “grand challenge” questions are vital…   » Continue Reading