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Supercomputing the Climate
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Supercomputing the Climate

How is our climate changing? Where will a new disease spread? How will a new car model fare in a crash? What will happen if I drive drunk?

To answer these questions and countless others, scientists, engineers, and even students are looking to computer models and simulations. They’re the closest thing we have to a working crystal ball, and what's more, many of them look really nice.

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Evolved Virtual Creatures

Evolved Virtual Creatures

Can you have animations without animators? Yes. No one made these creatures. They evolved in a computer. Over many generations, those that were better at some task survived and reproduced. More...

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Siggraph Animations
NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins International Visualization Challenge

NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins International Visualization Challenge

Some computer animators show us science instead of superheroes. This NASA simulation won a major prize for turning mathematical models of the sun and its effect on the Earth into stunning images. More...

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Space.com
Seymour High School Students Test Driving Skills with Virtual Simulator

Seymour High School Students Test Driving Skills with Virtual Simulator

It’s one thing to be told what can happen if you drive drunk or while texting. At a Connecticut high school, kids are experiencing the consequences ... on a simulator. More...

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New Haven Register News
Scientist Profile: Motorcycle Engineers

Scientist Profile: Motorcycle Engineers

As an engineer for Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Bruce Roberts uses the latest cool computer programs to dream up the safest, fastest, and best designs for these powerful "bikes." More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Getting on Board with Virtual Recovery

Getting on Board with Virtual Recovery

Thanks to computer simulations, veterans can now go back to their battles. They can confront terrifying situations in their past that have made it hard for them to cope in the present. More...

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Frontline/PBS
CAVE2

CAVE2

Imagine walking through a brain, or a Martian crater, or a tangle of blood vessels. You can, in CAVE2, a giant virtual reality environment that allows scientists to "step inside" their data. More...

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Chicago Tonight/PBS
Chemistry Nobel Prize 2013

Chemistry Nobel Prize 2013

Computers still can't simulate a large molecule in every detail. Yet 3 scientists won a Nobel Prize for modeling molecules. So how did they do it? More...

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University of Nottingham
Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?

A philosopher thinks our universe may be a simulation run by advanced beings who may themselves be part of a simulation. The only certain thing is that none of this is going to appear on any test. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Does CAD Make Better Cars than Human Designs?

Does CAD Make Better Cars than Human Designs?

Nowadays, engineers can design a new car on a computer. They can even see how it fares in storms and crashes before it's built. So is Computer-Aided Design (CAD) going to replace humans? More...

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HowStuffWorks
iExplore: Computer-Aided Design Careers

iExplore: Computer-Aided Design Careers

You don't have to be a cutting-edge scientist to work with computer simulations. There are jobs available in Computer-Aided Design for people who like computers and making things. More...

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MASCPA
Sample Forecasts of Future Temperature Change

Sample Forecasts of Future Temperature Change

You can't create a computer simulation without making assumptions first. And these assumptions change how the simulation unfolds, and what it predicts. More...

Article
Exploratorium
Simulated Shake-Up Reveals Some Answers

Simulated Shake-Up Reveals Some Answers

Scientists expect a huge earthquake to hit Southern California. To prepare for it, they have created the largest-ever computer simulation of such a quake. More...

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San Diego State University
The Spanish Flu Pandemic Model

The Spanish Flu Pandemic Model

Some call it the worst disaster in history, and it could happen again! So scientists want to understand the flu of 1918-19. Computer models can help explain both what happened and what might have. More...

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Modelling4All
What Is Simulation?

What Is Simulation?

Not sure of the difference between a computer model and a computer simulation? This site should help. More...

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University of Central Florida

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