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Issue 159: iSGTW 27 January 2010

Answering a truly big question: How did dinosaurs move?


In a scene in Jurassic Park, a Tyrannosaurus rex gallops behind a jeep, close to overtaking it, lunging to take a bite out of Jeff Goldblum — to the horrorified delight of movie-goers.

Assuming dinosaurs could be resurrected, how realistic would this situation be?

Not very, says Karl Bates, a researcher at the Animal Simulation Laboratory at the University of Manchester, UK.

In fact, our scrawny-armed, prehistoric friend would probably have trouble outrunning a bicyclist.

What’s more, depending on how fast you run, you may not even be in trouble if you were on foot.

How does Bates know this?

Because for over five years, he has been making computer models of prehistoric animals, to help solve questions about how they moved and what they were capable of doing. This work helps answer how novel structures help or affect animals, how different walking styles evolved, and how you get from a T-Rex to a modern bird.

Bates does all this by creating grid-enabled computer models of dinosaurs, using the resources of the UK’s National Grid Service.

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Research

Sifting for dark matter

Physicists world-wide were excited by two events found by the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search. To sift them out, they used FermiGrid and Open Science Grid.

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Grids and clouds

Reaching for the next phase

How could cloud technology affect the way future grid infrastructure is delivered?

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Link of the week

Vote for your favorite Barbie career

Make “computer engineer” the winner.

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Image of the week

Satellite maps aid earthquake relief

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December 2010

13-18, AGU Fall Meeting

14-16, UCC 2010

17, ICETI 2011 and ICSIT 2011

24, Abstract Submission deadline, EGI User Forum

 

January 2011

11, HPCS 2011 Submission Deadline

11, SPCloud 2011

22, ALENEX11

30 Jan – 3 Feb, ESCC/Internet2

 

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