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Issue 97: iSGTW 22  October 2008

Title Feature - NYSGrid and the Lord of the Wings

British actor Sean Bean won’t fly. On at least one occasion during filming of The Lord of the Rings, he forced the air-lifted cast to wait on a snowy mountaintop while he ascended on foot to join them.  He just didn't trust the helicopter.  Bean (and his future colleagues) might be happy to know that somebody’s working to make helicopters safer.

A research team, led by Vadrevu Murthy from the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, studies aerodynamic loads on helicopter rotors that transfer directly to the vehicle’s control system. The team’s numerical simulations of air flow are expected to advance helicopter rotor technology and lead to designs that avoid instability (and nervous would-be passengers).

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Feature - LHC Celebration  

Dignitaries stepped upon a 25-meter long red carpet, an orchestra played, television cameras rolled, and a team of 30 cooks from Italy served science-themed, “molecular cuisine” — including gnocchi in test-tubes, and ice cream cooled with liquid nitrogen (see pictures) — amid displays of superconducting magnets and accelerator components in the hangar-like environs of Buildings SM18 and SMA18.

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Feature - Quake Catcher Network

 Catching quakes with laptops

Inside your laptop is a small accelerometer chip, there to protect the delicate moving parts of your hard disk from sudden jolts.

It turns out that the same chip is a pretty good earthquake sensor, too—especially if the signals from lots of them are compared, in order to filter out more mundane sources of laptop vibrations, such as typing.

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Link of the week

/Cloud and grid: complementary technologies

Ignacio Martín Llorente of the DSA (Distributed Systems Architecture) Research Group at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid discusses the relationship between cloud and grid computing in the group's blog. He sees several benefits to the virtualization of a grid site.

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Image of the week

/Molecular dynamics on DEISA: lipids, licorice and lines

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Feature – Army of Women allies with CaBIG for online longitudinal studies

Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR


NeHC launches social media

PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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