This UK supercomputer can predict winter weather a year ahead of time

October 25, 2016 by  
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It’s incredibly difficult for scientists to accurately predict North American and European winters . The weather in these regions is driven by a phenomenon known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), and it’s often hard to pin down in advance. But thanks to a new supercomputer , researchers at the UK’s Met Office are now able to predict winter weather a full year ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_G7NFMDsVY According to the Met Office, changes in air pressure in the North Atlantic Ocean are the primary driver of winter climate variability for Europe . The NAO can affect other areas of the world too; the Met Office is currently researching links between the NAO and China’s winter weather. The phenomenon influences temperatures and precipitation. Met Office researchers published a paper on their predictions this month in the journal Nature Geoscience . Not only would it be convenient to know what winter weather we’ll face, according to lead author Nick Dunstone, predicting the NAO could offer economic benefits. For example, the energy and transportation industries could operate more efficiently with a better picture of what the weather would be like in the coming winter. Related: 7 winter home improvement tips to save you money and energy in the cold season The researchers are able to better predict the winter NAO because of a shiny new supercomputer. The first phase of the supercomputer started operations over a year ago in August 2015. The UK government invested £97 million in the Met Office’s ” new high performance computing facility .” Back then the Met Office said the supercomputer would help them forecast the weather in greater detail, and it appears they’re delivering on that promise. So what will the weather be like this winter? According to paper co-author Adam Scaife, “Current signals suggest that the start to winter is likely to be cooler and drier than in 2015.” + Nature Geoscience + Met Office Images via Met Office Facebook

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Modern alpine home is built on the ruins of an old rustic structure

October 25, 2016 by  
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The S.V. house retains a traditional gabled form, but the interior and the front facade are decidedly modern in design. A reinforced concrete slab connects the stone walls on the first floor, while the use of brushed larch wood for the second floor, roof, and part of the facade soften the look of the natural stone and reinforce the building’s connection to nature. Large windows overlook views of the countryside and mountains while allowing natural light to flood the interior. Related: Tiny alpine hut is a cozy refuge in the harsh yet spectacular Slovenian Alps The interior design makes efficient use of the building’s 22-square-meter footprint. “Overall space is limited but this condition and the choice of materials, helped to create that feeling of ‘hearth’ with evocative power and was one of the cardinal principles of many rural architecture as well as much of the academic architecture,” writes the architect. + Rocco Borromini Via Gessato Images via Rocco Borromini, by Marcello Mariana

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IBM Supercomputers Help Vestas Squeeze the Most Out of Wind Farms

October 31, 2011 by  
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Supercomputers can help us figure out where are the best spots for wind farms. This kind of optimization can increase clean energy production per installed turbine.

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Shopping Malls Changing or Closing Because "The World Is Awash In Stuff"

October 31, 2011 by  
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Former shopping malls are being converted to other uses or even demolished and replaced with housing. It’s about time.

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IBM Tops List of World’s Most Energy Efficient Supercomputers

July 6, 2011 by  
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IBM dominates the Green500 Top 10 list of the most energy efficient high-performance computers in the world and claims the No. 1 spot for a second time in less than a year.

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University of Tokyo Supercomputer Named World’s Greenest

July 13, 2010 by  
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Supercomputers and the environment:  two subjects that are becoming linked more and more these days.  Supercomputers are running algorithms to find solutions to climate change and the government has funded the creation of one supercomputer to be devoted solely to climate change .  Now, it seems the world’s supercomputers are competing to be the greenest, or at least the most efficient.

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