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Helping to bring vital software back on line in aftermath of Hurricane Michael

When Hurricane Michael came ashore at Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018, it knocked the Traffic and Criminal Software, a vital piece of law enforcement software, offline.

Broadband in K-12 Schools Boosts Teaching Practices and Learning Outcomes

High-speed Internet is redefining K-12 education in the US. Studies show that learning outcomes are better when technology is integrated into pedagogically sound teaching. Two vastly different California schools are showing the power of broadband by using the same digital learning tools.

Dramatic housing transformation in sub-Saharan Africa revealed

By using sophisticated Big Data based geospatial software researchers have revealed a remarkable development: Between 2000 and 2015, housing with improved water and sanitation, sufficient living area and durable construction has doubled in sub-Saharan Africa.

Bringing the Stars Within Our Reach: California Academy of Sciences Makes Data Come to Life

Highly networked planetariums are using "domecasting" — live broadcasting a planetarium show to audiences at other planetariums — to share the latest cosmic discoveries.

The Big Pixel Initiative: using satellite data to map urbanization, schools, and refugee camps

Researchers at the University of California San Diego used satellite images from multiple sources to map and understand city growth patterns in India, with the help of computers trained to distinguish types of growth. The technology is also being used to identify refugee camps and schools in Africa.

Scientists use machine learning to prevent senior falls

Researchers in the United States are developing intelligent devices that predict and prevent deadly falls among the elderly by using machine learning.

Pinpointing air pollution from space

For the first time, air pollution from individual cities and built-up areas can be detected from space. The European Sentinel-5 Precursor Earth observation satellite sends ultra precise measurement data to ground stations in Norway and Canada.

Grow food, grow jobs: how broadband can boost farming in California’s Central Valley

Broadband helps farmers and students in California’s Central Valley use technology and develop skills to improve the agriculture economy.

Singapore and Sapporo scenic sites come to life via R&E network link

In February 2018 spectators in Singapore were enchanted by crystal clear video images of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan whilst viewers in Japan could remotely take in the beauty of Singapore's iconic Botanic Gardens: long-distance cultural exchange powered by cutting-edge video technology and high-speed R&E network links.

How science engagers fight the ”Sneaker Net”

Many scientists are still moving hard drives or USB flash drives around although they don’t need to. They have a high-speed Research & Education Network at their service, but they are not taking full advantage of the networking resources available to them. This is where the Science Engager comes in.

High-speed drug discovery

How do you screen billions of drug compounds to find the right one? Connect a research team at the University of Alberta with a supercomputer 2,700 km away in Ontario using Canada’s high-speed national research and education network. Leveraging this powerful infrastructure, Dr. Michael Houghton and colleagues are speeding up the time it takes for life-saving drugs to be identified from months or years to weeks.

American Presidents in an interactive classroom

The President of the United States of America is said to be the most powerful person in the world. To understand past presidencies, you want to get as close as possible to key presidential decisions. You need access to primary sources, and that is exactly what The Presidential Primary Sources Project is doing.