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Fascinating stories from around the world about people and projects connected by high-capacity research and education networks.

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Brazilian university develops a remote experimentation tool for public education

    

When the teacher Karine Coelho, from the Balneário Arroio da Silva School, in the State of Santa Catarina, needs to teach inclined planes, propagation of heat, electrical circuits or other matters in the Physics curriculum for high school, her students have access not only to the theory, but to practical experiments that reinforce the content taught in the classroom, within the reach of their cellphones.

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Mining a genetic goldmine

    

MinE is an international project to search for the genetic causes of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a deadly neurodegenerative disease. Thanks to an enormous computing facility and the best networkconnection, the MinE project can generate better results. The computing facility and networkconnection is operated by SURF’s operating companies: SURFsara for research data infrastructure and SURFnet for networkconnection.

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Technology and sports science: a winning team

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Technology is rapidly changing the way athletes and sports coaches work together. Accurate feedback and reliable assessment techniques are the main ingredients to maintain and improve performances or to effectively recover from sport injuries. Remote sensing and data sonification, underpinned by high-capacity connectivity, can improve standard data analysis techniques currently employed in some aspects of biomedical science, including sports science and rehabilitation.

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Protecting soil resources in Zambia

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High bandwidth and seamless access to local and global data is key to effective soil observation and resource mapping. Dr Lydia Chabala from the University of Zambia explains how ZAMREN is bringing her research to the next level, thus enabling her and fellow scientists to provide input to sustainable land management policies.

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Two pipe organs 2000 km apart in concert

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Because of its sheer size, a pipe organ is bound to the location where it’s situated. That is why it is very rare for organists to be able to play together. Until now, that is. A magic moment occurred at theTNC16 research and education network conference in Prague: two organs more than 2000 km apart will play a concert together, thus creating a completely new musical experience.

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Supercomputer scrutinizes Finnish parliamentary elections

    

As social media like Facebook and Twitter become increasingly influential in the decision making of the voters, social scientists take an interest in scrutinizing, how discussions and debates emerge and evolve in the intersection between traditional media and social media. Finnish researchers have enlisted a supercomputer to crack the data.

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Helping Australian Museum scientists save endangered koalas

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Access to cloud services, such as high-performance computing and storage, that are impractical for the museum to house on site is significantly improving the analysis process and the way data is shared between Koala Genome Project partners, opening the door to new insights for conservation and protection.

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Forecasting emerging technologies

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Swedish information scientists collaborate with global pharmaceutical company and data mining experts to forecast technologies related to intelligent pharmaceuticals.

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The worlds most accurate space weather simulator

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As computer simulations go, Vlasiator is as huge as they come. Developing Vlasiator, Minna Palmroth, professor at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, has succeeded in doing what many of her colleagues thought impossible: Simulating weather in near-Earth space, showing how solar wind affects us, using high performance computing and high speed networks to do so.

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Ireland’s digital citizens set for the future

    

The provision of high-speed broadband to many primary and every post-primary school in Ireland affords schools greater opportunity to embed technology in the teaching and learning process. This opens the door to a faster, richer, more interactive and more informative Internet experience than was possible before. Streaming of videos, plays, movies, animation, documentaries, concerts can now be seamlessly incorporated into the teaching day.

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Joining forces to advance water management

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“Water is fundamental to our lives, for food production, and for the health and prosperity of our cities. Both Australia and China face similar challenges around the pro.vision of water in rural and urban areas and for several years we have been working together to find sustainable solutions for water resource management that benefit both nations,” says Professor John Langford.

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Penn State leverages cloud storage to gain on-court advantage

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Realizing that rapid review of game play was the best way for players to improve their technique, the Penn State men’s volleyball coach sought a cost-effective, portable means for the team to study game footage and exchange notes on the go. Enter NET+ Box, made available to Penn State through its membership in Internet2.

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Processing sensitive data for schizophrenia research

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Swedish researchers are incorporating sensitive register data in their cross-border analyses of the interaction between genetic and environmental factors for schizophrenia. Thanks to Tryggve, a new Nordic initiative to advance the utilization of sensitive biomedical data.

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Playing with (real) time: antiquities, art and science come together over the network

    

“I was curious to explore the possibilities of a poetic approach to concepts of presence and absence in different places, and how this would reflect on perceptions of time and space,” says acclaimed director Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, who exploited the brand-new fiber optic connection to the Italian research and education network of major archaeological sites in Rome to create a unique live performance, entitled “La Nave Argo”.

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Researching the sea: a collaborative effort brings together oceanographers from around the world

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The Spanish Institute of Oceanography is one of the first organisations in the world to solely dedicate itself to researching the sea and its resources. Its broad and diversified activities require an accurate database capable of accommodating millions of data items, as well as a powerful connections to researchers and national and international centres with which it shares information.

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eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, worldwide roaming access developed for the international research and education community. Since its launch in Europe in 2003, eduroam has gained popularity and is now available in 76 countries worldwide. Eduroam is also expanding beyond campuses to public, commercial and city Wi-Fi initiatives, providing an ever-increasing mobile platform for its multi-million users.

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Researchers turn to web conference for Doce River disaster recovery

    

In November 2015, the bursting of the dam of a mining company caused one of the largest environmental disasters ever recorded in Brazil. Over 60 billion liters of mining tailings reached the Doce River basin, and mud flooded the river and its tributaries, causing irreversible damage to the environment. When the dam broke, 55 million cubic meters of mud were released, which devastated cities, buried houses and caused 19 deaths. RNP’s web conference platform helped researchers co-ordinate their response to this disaster.

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Empowering the Mexican deaf community

    

Jorge Santiago Jacinto, being profoundly deaf, is a member of the Mexican deaf community, which according to the most recent census data, includes close to 600,000 individuals. He is also the founder of SEVIDA, an initiative contributing to the education and social inclusion of people with hearing impairments. SEVIDA (SEminarios VIrtuales de Discapacidad Auditiva), is a series of virtual seminars hosted and recorded using the video conferencing platform VC-CUDI, provided by the Mexican research and education network CUDI.

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Creating a roadmap for a new European heating infrastructure

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The Heat Roadmap Europe project has set out to map the demand for heating and cooling in 14 European countries, along with the potential sources of surplus and renewable heating and cooling that could be used to supply this demand. 20 partners from European universities, companies and organisations are gathering vast amounts of data to create a comprehensive and user friendly tool. The aim is to decarbonise the heating sector of Europe over the next 30-40 years.

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Unravelling the mysteries of our immune system

    

Many academic labs, biomedical research institutions, and pharmaceutical companies are working hard to better understand autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases that attack the immune system. Five to six years ago, researchers were able to sequence hundreds of immune-system molecules (like antibodies) in the human body. Today they can sequence tens of millions.

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The genomics revolution in Africa is well underway

    

African scientists have begun to study genomic influences on disease across their continent, from differences in the progression of HIV in children, to developing new sequencing methods for the Ebola virus, to collecting more than 35,000 nasal swabs from children to show how concentrations of nose and throat microorganisms may play a role in pneumonia. The Pan African bioinformatics network H3ABioNet supports much of this research, using videoconferencing to bring researchers together across vast distances.

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Building a long-term archive for cultural data

    

The DigiBern project is an online portal for information on the history and culture of the city and canton of Bern. Even in such an exemplary case, however, it has become clear that libraries face further tasks after a digitisation project is complete in order to ensure that the data remain accessible over the long term. SWITCHengines is enabling the University Library Bern to build a long-term archive.

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LIGO scientists detect gravitational waves, confirming Einstein’s Theory

    

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory recently achieved a scientific breakthrough, completing work that detected gravitational waves. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window into the cosmos. The discovery is a great example of the power of collaboration supported by communications infrastructure purpose-built for scientific research on a global scale.

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Education across borders: building the Ugandan media sector

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The Research and Education Network for Uganda is helping one of the country’s universities, the Ugandan Christian University offer PhD and Master of Journalism and Media Studies Progammes online in collaboration with the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa and the NLA University College in Norway.

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Tracking moose and salmon with GPS

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Biotelemetry technology for wildlife and fish monitoring has evolved tremendously since the 1990’s: from moose and reindeer wearing collars with primitive radio transmitters weighing several kilos, to salmon with miniscule bio-sensors, and eagles wearing solar powered GPS-backpacks containing cameras and accelerators. But there’s a gap between the volumes of data available and the tools for handing it.

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Grid computing helps India manage floods, monsoons and climate change

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The Indian summer monsoon is a manifestation of complex interactions between land, ocean and atmosphere and the simulation of its mean pattern and its variability on inter-annual scales is one of the challenging problems in climate studies. The correct prediction of this complex phenomenon is vital to national planning and economic policy making.

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Solving endocrine disorders without borders

    

“Diseases don’t know boundaries or country codes, we have to build systems that allow researchers to collaborate internationally,” says Professor Richard Sinnott. With that goal in mind, he established the endocrine genomics virtual laboratory – endoVL, which allows researchers to draw on large enough cohorts to conduct studies with real statistical power.

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Helping researchers manage research data

    

As research becomes increasingly data-intensive, researchers have to sharpen their data management skills. The Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) lends a helping hand, by providing an online Data Management Planning tool, for sound collection, management, accessibility and preservation of research data.

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Virtual classrooms deliver India’s flagship engineering education to more people

    

The Indian Institutes of Technology, IITs, are the flagships of Indian engineering education. Getting into an IIT is the dream of every aspiring engineer in India, and each year over a million people take the entrance exam. But competition is fierce: with only 10.000 (2%) passing the exam, the IITs are among the institutes with the lowest acceptance rate worldwide.

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LifeWatch helps us understand biodiversity…and preserve the planet

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Doñana National Park in Andalusia Spain is one of the world’s most fascinating nature reserves, a mosaic of ecosystems and home to unique and endangered species. The Park is connected to LifeWatch, a joint European e-infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research, which enables scientists to access a vast array of data from multiple resources in real time to learn about the environment.

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Looking inside the Earth

    

The Earth is a complex and dynamic system, and the inner workings of our planet have serious catastrophic potential for humans in the form of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Using e-infrastructure resources and supercomputers, a research group at the University of Oslo, Norway, is investigating the link between processes which occur deep in Earth’s interior, and those at the surface, aiming to better understand the workings of our planet and to unravel the clues as to how Earth has evolved to the remarkable planet that it is today.

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“We share the virus and mosquitoes, let’s also share our data”

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Participants at the 3rd TEIN/APAN Dengue Fever workshop on 24 January in Manila reaffirmed their commitment to join forces with research and education networks to combat Dengue Fever and other infectious diseases such as Zika. Plans include developing a digital platform to exchange data and working towards an outbreak prediction model.

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Helping clinicians unlock the power of genetic data

    

A full set of one person’s DNA data requires a stack of 50 DVDs while a large study with 1,000 patients can be hundreds of terabytes of data. This makes it impractical to transfer genomic data using traditional methods, challenging to store it, and virtually impossible to use it without advanced research and education networks like CANARIE, sophisticated software tools, and high performance computing facilities.

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Dancing beyond time: an encounter between tech and telematic art

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Think of a dance performance in which the dancers, instead of sharing the same stage, are in different cities or even other continents. The time zone and distance do not prevent their interaction, which takes place thanks to technological mediation. That is the mission of telematics dance, approaching dancers who are not necessarily in the same physical space, and creating other experience relations with the body and technological resources.

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Solving problems in hi-tech environments before they occur

    

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to solve problems before they occur? Everybody would probably agree on that. But unfortunately, predicting the future is quite difficult. And it gets even more complicated, when it comes to complex systems, like industrial production lines, wind farms or a fleet of vehicles. But now a group of European researchers and industry experts have joined forces to build a system of sensors and computers that, through monitoring and analysing, might help us see and solve future problems in high tech environments.

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Safe and secure information highway for India’s Department of Atomic Energy

    

As a widespread organization with research establishments, production facilities and nuclear power plants in locations spread over the entire expanse of India, The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) requires a robust communication fabric to enable seamless interaction and efficiency. High speed connectivity is also needed for access to global mega science projects like the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, and the Synchrotron Facility at Grenoble, France. DAE scientists, for example have used the Synchrotron for research supporting the design of new drugs.

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Brazilian scientists to partake in International Astronomy project

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A group of 50 Brazilian researchers shall partake in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project, deemed as revolutionary for Astronomy. Totaling R$ 1 billion in investments, the Telescope will be able to map almost half of the sky in six filters for a period of ten years and its deluge of data will be a huge challenge for information technology.

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From numbers and sequences to personalized cancer treatment

    

New technologies for deep sequencing of DNA and RNA are paving the way for unprecedented opportunities in genomic medicine. Norwegian medical scientists enlist the Abel supercomputer in Oslo to transform numbers and genome sequences into improved and more personalized cancer treatment.

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How does weather and climate research affect your routine?

    

Have you ever stopped to think about how weather and climate research influence your daily life? “This science has a direct impact on the daily lives of us all, from small decisions, such as whether to bring a coat or an umbrella or not, to government analyses, such as whether there will be enough water in the reservoirs of the dams of the hydroelectric power plants to produce electricity”, says Caio Coelho

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Helping to improve public service in France

    

In a unique collaboration, French research and education network RENATER will provide infrastructure connecting public administration sites from 15 ministries.

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New technologies bring cultural heritage to life

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“There’s an increasing interest in high-resolution imaging of world heritage sites because of recent events, iconoclasm or cultural cleansing, also climate change issues that are devastating cultural sites. With high-fidelity imaging you have a huge reservoir for being able to retell stories about these extraordinary places that are now under threat.”

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Making the Internet a bit safer

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Research and education networks are not only about fibres, routers and switches. They also try to contribute to the common good of internet users. Enter CrypTech, making the Internet a little bit safer for everybody.

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A humanist take on scientific computing

    

Finnish post-doctoral researcher Tuomo Hiippala is part of a new generation of humanist researchers, using powerful computational resources to boost their research. Combining a PhD in English Philology with a keen interest in computer vision and machine learning Hiippala is developing new ways of handling large collections of images.

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Enabling discovery for the world’s largest scientific experiments

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Latin America plays a vital role in the worldwide computing grid essential for processing the massive amounts of data generated from particle smashing experiments at the Large Hadron Collider that reveal information about the origins of the Universe.

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Renewable energy for meteorology supercomputer

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Three research networks are working together to provide the lifeline of a new meteorology supercomputer running on renewable energy. Through a 10 Gbps redundant fiberoptic cable running 2250 km across the North Atlantic, the Danish Meteorology Institute in Copenhagen connects to its new supercomputer located on Iceland.

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Supporting the transition to digital exams for French medical students

    

Every year medical students in France take a crucial exam, The National Classifying Exam, which determines the specialization they pursue and often where they will live. To address its shortcomings, this exam is now being modernised and digitized, and the French national research and education network is responsible for mission critical infrastructure.

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From Sweden to scientists around the world

    

“Space and earth science are drivers of technical development, and with better instruments and more computing power we hope to realise many more ideas in the future,” says Eskil Varenius from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology.

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Transferring technical and medical expertise between Mexico and Asia

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Engineers and medical doctors from a number of institutions in Mexico participate in telemedicine projects with their peers in Asia that enable the exchange knowledge and development of new techniques to help with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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What happens inside our heads listening to music?

    

Academy Professor Petri Toiviainen’s research team at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, has set out to understand what happens in the brain when listening to music. Their experiments utilize Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and a supercomputer cluster provided by the Finnish research and education network CSC.

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How secrets of the universe are discovered

    

“It’s a very exciting time for physicists. The Higgs boson discovery is a milestone for the physics community, and for human understanding of the fundamental laws that govern the Universe. As scientific discoveries go, this is up there with finding a way to split the atom. Australian research groups have been part of this for the best part of 25 years,” says Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics Director Prof Geoffrey Taylor.

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Designing a computer system for the SKA

    

The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, is the biggest science project New Zealand has ever been involved in, and it will produce more data than the world has ever seen.

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Finding valuable data in a massive amount of noise

    

Japanese researchers – together with colleagues from around the world – are analysing data from the Joint ALMA Observatory, located in a remote part of Chile on the Atacama plateau, 5000 meters above sea level. High-speed research networks enable researchers to carry out their studies wherever they are situated, without needing to be at the observatory.

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Digital exams – Norway is leading the way

    

Several research and education networks are breaking new ground in their effort to develop a system for digitizing exams. But still there is a long way to go.

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Mapping the landscape, managing the future

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Moroccan and French researchers are using high-speed networks to combine their expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing to produce new thematic maps of Agadir, Morocco and to monitor this fragile landscape.

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Training doctors in minimally invasive surgery across Asia

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The surgeons at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea, are pioneers in minimally invasive surgery. This technique helps patients recover faster and leaves a much smaller scar than traditional techniques. Through live streaming of operations Prof. He-Seong Han and his staff have been able to train hundreds of surgeons across Asia, without need or cost for them to travel to Korea.

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Tracking Kyrgyzstan’s melting glaciers

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Understanding how the environment is altering through ongoing monitoring is key to coping with the effects of climate change. Only then is it possible to devise mitigation and adaptation strategies and create early warning systems to protect lives and livelihoods. Working with European partners, the Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences (CAIAG) in Kyrgyzstan is able to monitor melting glaciers and mitigate the risks to the local population. High-speed networks underpin these vital international collaborations.

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Telemedicine and telehealth change the reality of health in Brazil

    

Whenever she needed to do an eye examination, seamstress Ana do Nascimento used to wake up before sunrise, take a bus that took two hours to get to downtown Goiânia and spend the entire morning in a public hospital, waiting for her turn to be seen by an ophthalmologist who could verify her degree of myopia. She arrived home in the afternoon, tired and not always satisfied. Today, thanks to ICT, the “examination day” is no more than 30 minutes.

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How much energy can we get from the ocean?

    

Ross Vennell is a man driven by a challenge. He is a physical oceanographer at the University of Otago, which means he works on understanding the physics of the ocean, from tidal energy to climate change and he uses REANNZ to help answer scientific questions. At the moment Ross is looking at how we could generate electricity from tidal currents, “a bit like having wind turbines under the water”. New Zealand is one of the best places on the planet to extract energy from the ocean, and Ross is trying to estimate how much power we could actually get from turbines.

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Archaeology uses 4G mobile network for field research

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The Archaeology programme of University of Amsterdam uses 4G mobile network for education on location. During a field research assignment, students can consult various maps and sources of information instantly on location. This video explains the advantages of doing so as well as the technical structure of the pilot.

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Data mining the sky

    

Stuart Weston collects data observed by the Warkworth radio telescope and shares it with scientists who use it to run their own experiments without needing to be at the telescope.

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Transnational Education – taking global learning to a new level

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Transnational Education (TNE) is growing at a brisk pace across the globe. Academic institutions are collaborating to jointly teach students who are benefitting from high quality teaching, locally, without needing to travel abroad. TNE activities are varied from remote campuses to joint degree programmes with institutions sharing best practice on a worldwide scale. All TNE activities are underpinned by high-speed networks such as Janet, the UK’s national research and education network provided by Jisc, CERNET (in China), and international links which make essential teaching activities such as delivering courses, sharing lectures in real-time and running video-based, international tutorials possible.

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Freeing epilepsy patients from seizure

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Did you know that 90% of the world’s 50 million epilepsy sufferers live in developing countries? Despite the success of modern drug therapy, a large minority of patients are resistant to anticonvulsant medication, leaving surgery as the only effective treatment. Treating epilepsy with surgery is complex and skilled and many developing countries lack the expertise. Thanks to the power of high-capacity R&E networks the outlook for millions of epilepsy sufferers is being dramatically transformed and the costs of treatment substantially reduced.

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Supercomputing at the trench edge

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Danish archaeologists team up with experts in high performance computing to enable fast and intensive 3D recording for field archaeology.

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Removing geographical barriers to education and training for doctors

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For more than a decade, the Telemedicine Development Center of Asia based at Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan has facilitated remote training of surgeons, sharing of knowledge and the spread of best practice across the Asia-Pacific region, and more recently globally.

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Leading the way with virtual language and cultural exchanges

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Since 2013, AARNet has been working with the Asia ConneXions program based at the University of New England to connect Australian schools with schools in Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia and India over high-speed networks using high definition video conferencing. “The program’s success lies in its ability to provide participants with a very personal and experiential opportunity to learn about the diversity within and between the countries of the Asia region…”

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Joining forces with the medical community to combat tropical diseases

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Collaborations for Dengue Fever and Chikungunya initiatives are excellent examples of the scalable nature of efforts to build communities. As such, the tools and capabilities are easily adaptable to the plethora of infectious diseases that pose a global challenge.

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Data sonification — from deep space research to improving lives through cancer research

    

“Data sonification is a powerful tool that can simplify how we analyse data…This technique can have real benefits to improve our lives, for example in cancer research. We’re working with scientists to find ways of translating features from data into pitch, loudness and tone so that when listened to it can more easily identify differences between healthy cells and cancer cells. In PHD research, sonification can be used to highlight patterns in brain scans helping to forecast seizures far in advance,” says Domenico Vicinanza, PHD, GÉANT.

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Decoding the diversity of rice to improve yields

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To meet world population demands for food it has been estimated that the production of rice, the world’s most important staple food, must increase by 24% by 2050. As well as the challenges involved in growing more rice on less land and water, farmers need new rice varieties adapted to changing climatic conditions.

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An atlas…of the human brain?

    

A groundbreaking human-brain atlas, the extraordinary result of a Canadian-German collaboration, is considered so revolutionary that it was recognized by the MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s breakthrough technologies of 2014.

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Amazon riverbeds as information highways…unlocking education and economic opportunities

    

Undersea cables are being installed along Amazon riverbeds to deliver connectivity to remote communities, providing access to education and supporting regional development.

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Helping to win the race against severe weather

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With extreme weather events increasingly hitting news headlines around the world, accurate and timely forecasts are essential for effective disaster warning and mitigation systems. This, in turn, calls for joint research efforts within the global meteorological community to improve models and tools for predicting severe weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, floods, heat waves etc.

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Monitoring and forecasting extreme environmental events to save lives

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When the Latin American Observatory of Extraordinary Events announced in October 2011 that rainfall was expected to be above average for the South American Northwest and above average for the Southeast of the same region, an early alert for floods was issued for Panama, Colombia and Venezuela, and one of a drought for North-western Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. This is an example of how the information gathered and disseminated by the Observatory, a collaboration involving a number of institutions, helps Latin American nations with risk management for extreme environmental events.

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Removing the barrier of distance with robot-guided virtual museum tours

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“Today’s students love technology and integrating technology in education every day helps students stay engaged and prepares them for the future. The Museum Robot program at the National Museum of Australia not only integrates technology and engineering concepts, it also brings the history curriculum alive in a new and exciting way to students all over the country.”

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Accelerating genomics research discovery to feed the world and fight disease

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Faster access to genomics data aids researchers collaborating to find better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer, as well those working to develop new plant varieties resistant to pests, floods and drought.

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Tackling childhood diseases

    

The rise in obesity – and particularly child obesity – poses a serious public health challenge. Approximately one in four children in England are now overweight or obese by school entry, rising to a third by the end of primary school. MD-Paedigree is a four-year European Commission funded ICT project to help fight childhood obesity-related cardiovascular and other child diseases.

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Advancing medical research… and the quality of your coffee

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Thanks to the Mylims platform, scientists around the world are able to process and manipulate data, interpret results and compare them with spectra obtained by other users and those stored in databases, thus accelerating the understanding of compounds. Mylims has already led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis of illnesses, such as leukaemia, and has become a valuable tool for food chemists to detect fraudulent coffee.

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ESR School of Networks – a successful ICT training model

    

Over the last decade, ESR – Escola Superior de Redes (Superior School of Networks) has significantly contributed to the advancement of ICT across Brazil. An initiative of RNP (the Brazilian NREN), ESR offers courses to address issues in the areas of Management and Network Design, IT Governance, Security, Support to Digital Collaboration Media and System Administration. This successful training model has now been rolled out to other countries in Latin America and further afield, where RNP partners up with the respective NREN to provide expertise and qualification.

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Broadband connection for the world’s northernmost research community

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More than 20 countries are present in Ny-Ålesund in the Arctic, operating their own research facilities. The most northerly fibre optic cable system in the world has been installed to ensure that the massive amounts of data produced there can be transferred ”live” to global research networks.

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Sensor networks helping predict and respond to natural disasters

    

Ocean Networks Canada (an initiative of the University of Victoria) is developing a software system to co-ordinate readings from underwater sensors in order to detect and report natural hazards, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. This system has the potential to help save lives and limit the impacts of natural disasters.

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Connecting students and teachers with the jungles of Panama

    

Imagine studying the behavior and structure of a rare insect in its Panamanian rain forest environment without ever leaving the classroom. That’s exactly what students who participate in Arizona State University’s (ASU) distance learning programs were able to do.

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How this astronomer looks back in time

    

Steven Tingay is passionate about designing and building radio telescopes in outback Western Australia and using them to look at the first stars and galaxies.

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Scientists use global supercomputing network to understand regional sea level changes

    

Since a large part of the Netherlands is below sea level, the country will inevitably feel the effects of rising sea levels. Changes in sea levels are influenced by the behaviour of oceans. The eSALSA team performs large-scale global climate simulations to examine the effect of changing ocean circulations on local sea levels.

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Saving lives and livelihoods

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Central Asia is under constant threat from its vulnerability to earthquakes. The region sits on the junction of two tectonic plates that have been colliding for millions of years, building mountains and causing earthquakes. CAREN – the Central Asia Research and Education Network – underpins international scientific efforts in the region to protect lives and to safeguard economic growth from the consequences.

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The first Chilean virtual observatory fires up

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ChiVO, the first Chilean Virtual Observatory, and one of many virtual observatory projects underway around the world, was launched in April 2015. ChiVO is an astro-informatic platform for the administration and analysis of massive amounts of data coming from the observatories built across the country. The ALMA telescope, for example, located in the Andean highlands, is expected to generate around over one Terabyte of data per day. CHiVO will provide advanced computing tools, storage and fast data transfer rates using research network infrastructure so that the Chilean astronomical community can optimize observation time. But it’s not only astronomers who will benefit from CHiVO, students at schools across the country will also be able to access the data to learn about the universe.

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Exploring the universe with the world’s largest telescope

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The scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, telescope design and research & development towards building and delivering a unique instrument.

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