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Arthritis Research UK Introduces IBM Watson-Powered ‘Virtual Assistant’

Arthritis sufferers in the UK will soon have access to a ‘virtual personal assistant’ that will provide information and advice to people living with Arthritis. This new service is powered by IBM Watson, A commercially available cognitive computing service, in partnership with the UK-based charity Arthritis Research UK

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HudsonAlpha to expand Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project

Today the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a nonprofit genomics and genetics research institute, has been awarded a four-year, $6.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the next phase of the Encyclopaedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project, a fundamental genomics resource used by many scientists to study human health and disease.

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BSC simulation code CALIOPE 'goes further'

In a recent editorial, Nature Geoscience has highlighted the work of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center on a simulation code called CALIOPE, which provides 48-hour air quality forecasts for Spain and Europe. The piece, published at the begging of February, highlights the health problems associated with air pollution which not only affects developing countries but many of the world's major cities.

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Diamond Light Source appoints new head of scientific computing and a new head of beamline controls

Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron, has recently appointed Dr Andrew Richards as its new head of scientific computing. He joins Ulrik Pedersen, who became head of Diamond’s Beamline Controls Group in September. Alongside the Data Analysis and Data Acquisition Groups, they are responsible for delivering the computing capability to underpin the science facility’s cutting edge research and operational activities.

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For functionality and security for externalised research, software providers have turned to the cloud, writes Sophia Ktori

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Robert Roe looks at the latest simulation techniques used in the design of industrial and commercial vehicles

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Robert Roe investigates the growth in cloud technology which is being driven by scientific, engineering and HPC workflows through application specific hardware

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Robert Roe learns that the NASA advanced supercomputing division (NAS) is optimising energy efficiency and water usage to maximise the facility’s potential to deliver computing services to its user community

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Robert Roe investigates the use of technologies in HPC that could help shape the design of future supercomputers