July/August 2005

COLOUR

The colour of the past

Mathematical operations on an array of pixels, made easy by software such as Matlab, can reveal the surface of Venus and the world of pre-Revolutionary Russia, Ray Girvan discovers

DEISA

The benefits of a virtual European supercomputer

Hermann Lederer reports on the DEISA Consortium, a major step towards an integrated European HPC infrastructure

LIMS

Where Walmart leads, can LIMS be far behind?

Peter Rees looks at a piece of old technology that is finding new uses in laboratory information management systems

ONTOLOGIES

Better computational descriptions of science

Simon White believes that information can be better shared if everyone makes use of ontologies

PROFILE

An engineer takes on LIMS

Dave Champagne, head of Thermo's informatics division

S-PLUS REVIEW

'S' is for seaside, sea slug and statistics

Felix Grant has been having text message conversations with a family of rocks, then analysing them with the latest S-Plus