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Fascinating stories from around the world about people and projects making a difference and connected by research and education networks.
Today cutting-edge research is only possible through collaboration by sharing human and material resources to generate new knowledge. Many of the major international scientific projects generate such massive amounts of data that it would be impossible for a single institution to process them within a reasonable time. Facing this scenario, the logical solution has been the integration several smaller institutions into a network where they share their resources through a mutual collaboration.
To encourage national and international collaboration, the Motus web portal will make data summaries and visualizations of bird migration tracking data, captured by the small Motus radio transmitters affixed to individual birds, publicly available for education and citizen science purposes.
A music and dance performance in Copenhagen, Denmark, included a live feed of musicians in London, United Kingdom, and dancers from Barcelona, Spain.
Supercomputers and high-speed data connections play a crucial role when researchers re-create tornadoes and thunderstorms to better understand the dynamics of these powerful natural phenomena. Leigh Orf from CIMSS, the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leads a group of researchers specialised in re-creating meteorological events leading up to the forming of tornadoes. Built on real-world observational data, the computer simulations unveil the inner workings of these monstrous events in unprecedented detail.
On 19 April 2017 the ‘Rock’ asteroid made an uncomfortably close pass to Earth – the closest in 400 years. The first step to protecting against such hazards is to monitor them to calculate their precise orbits; this requires fast, reliable internet connections so that the huge volumes of observation data involved can be sent speedily and reliably to researchers around the world for analysis.
Although approx. 2555 km apart, theatre students from The University of Tampere, Finland, and Coventry University, UK, are rehearsing Shakespeare together, sharing a “virtual learning theatre” made possible by powerful videoconferencing equipment and high-speed connectivity.
Typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanos – the Philippines is a country that has it all. Taking 3rd place on the World Risk Index, behind Vanuatu and Tonga, the Philippines is heavily exposed to extreme weather. While you can’t do anything to change the course of a typhoon moving towards you, you can take the necessary precautions before it reaches your shores – the earlier the better. So, you need to know your hazards, and that is why, in the wake of the catastrophic tropical storm Sendong in 2011, the Philippines started developing a complex early warning system.
As weather forecasts are becoming increasingly detailed, data volumes are increasing as well, demanding high-speed connectivity and supercomputing power.
Studies by scientists in Chile shed light on phenomenon related to the creation of the Universe, the formation of celestial bodies and the characterization of different kinds of stars. “Our goal is to understand the parent stars of supernovas. I mean, what kind of star produced the explosion”, says researcher Francisco Förster.
Developing alternative, greener energy sources is a key priority across the world. However many countries simply don’t have the infrastructure and skills needed to create renewable energy industries from scratch. Technology, and in particular research networks, can help develop these skills, transferring knowledge to build the industry and train a new generation of local engineers, making it possible to harness freely available natural resources.
More than 1,000 Mexican physicians were trained remotely in the latest endoscopy procedures during a single event in 2015 by using high-definition videoconferencing technology and advanced academic networks.