World’s Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Switches on at National Center for Atmospheric Research

October 17, 2012 by  
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This week the world’s most powerful climate change supercomputer switched on at the National Center for Atmospheric Research ‘s Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) . The 1.5-petaflop IBM supercomputer known as Yellowstone will be used to study everything from atmospheric disturbances to subterranean faults. It is hoped that the results will help improve predictions of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, and other natural disasters. The center is located in Cheyenne’s North Range Business Park and the new computer system will allow researchers around the world to access their projects remotely via a laptop or desktop computer and the Internet. The new center’s advanced computing resources will aid understanding of complex processes at work in the atmosphere and throughout the Earth, and the computer will “accelerate research into severe weather, geomagnetic storms, climate change, carbon sequestration, aviation safety, wildfires, and other critical geoscience topics.” The NWSC itself has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its sustainable design. The center takes full advantage of Cheyenne’s elevation and cool, dry climate by employing ambient air to cool the facility nearly year-round, significantly reducing its energy use. 10% of its power also comes from a local wind farm ! “This center will help transform our understanding of the natural world in ways that offer enormous benefits to society,” says Thomas Bogdan, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). “Whether it’s better understanding tornadoes and hurricanes, or deciphering the forces that lead to geomagnetic storms, the Yellowstone supercomputer and the NWSC will lead to improved forecasts and better protection for the public and our economy.” “Our access to Yellowstone will allow the university to reach new heights in our educational and research endeavors in engineering; atmospheric, hydrological, and computational sciences; Earth system sciences; and mathematics,” says UW President Tom Buchanan. “The supercomputer is a huge draw for students and faculty. It opens the door to scientific innovation and discovery that will benefit our state, the nation, and the world.” + NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center Via Time Techland

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SandPaper is a Sylish Modular Sofa Made from Recycled Paper Corrugated Cardboard

October 17, 2012 by  
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Ivan Parati’s  SandPaper is a cool landscape-inspired modular sofa that’s been constructed from recycled paper corrugated cardboard. With this furniture set, the interior environment is treated like a domestic landscape and the sofa modules are moved “with the wind”, rearranged to accomodate different occasions and groups of people. The pieces are also stackable, and different cushion colors and patterns can be applied to tailor the unit to various tastes. Ivan Parati’s design is the Jury’s Award winner of the fourth annual Contemporary Majlis Design Competition at INDEX International Design Exhibition . The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Drought In California and Texas Threatens US Food Security

May 31, 2012 by  
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For the past several months,  California and Texas — two of the most productive agricultural states in the US – have experienced severe  drought leading to difficult conditions for farmers in both regions. A  new report from The University of Texas at Austin now believes that things have gotten so bad, that the nation’s food supply may be at threat. Read the rest of Drought In California and Texas Threatens US Food Security Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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