Tiny, wood-boring marine crustaceans with a funny name and a penchant for collectively attacking piers and dining on driftwood, ships, boats, and docks have made a big splash in the science news media lately. These creatures, called Gribbles, have as their recent claim to fame a novel biomass-degrading enzyme in their guts that is of
Using supercomputing resources provided by the National Institute for Computational Sciences, a research team has made discoveries using computer modeling and simulations that have overturned longstanding, widely held beliefs about black holes.
Graduate students, post-docs and professionals from academia, government and industry are invited to enroll in two summer school courses offered by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering and presented at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and other sites across the country during July and August.
During peak tornado season, researchers using supercomputers at the National Institute for Computational Sciences are working to revolutionize the ability to anticipate tornadoes by explaining why some storms generate tornadoes and others don’t. They are also developing advanced techniques for analyzing data to discover how the twisters move in both space and time.
Smoke flowing out of a chimney, the wind moving between the leaves and branches of trees, massive clouds moving in the atmosphere—turbulence is everywhere. However, it has remained one of the biggest puzzles in classical physics. A research group is using supercomputing power at the National Institute for Computation Sciences to solve the puzzle and
Many newly formed stars are surrounded by what are called protoplanetary disks, swirling masses of warm dust and gas that may potentially become celestial bodies such as planets and asteroids. Researchers are using the supercomputing power of Kraken to understand how these gases make this transformation.
Proteins can play either pernicious or positive roles in the dynamics of disease. Some proteins that anchor to cell membranes promote the development of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), while some proteins thwart the growth of cancer, for example.
UT and its supercomputer, Kraken, were mentioned in the New York Times profiling high school-aged scientists competing in the nationwide Intel Science Talent Search. One of the teens was 17-year-old Mayuri Sridhar who “carries a SecurID device, which allows her to connect her laptop with Kraken, a supercomputer at the University of Tennessee that can
Imagine a world in which an energy model can attain cost savings, security, and sustainability in our buildings. It is the goal of Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers working on a project using UT’s Nautilus supercomputer. Called the Autotune methodology, the project is playing an important role in placing the bargain of energy efficiency within
A study led by Predrag Krstic at National Institute of Computational Sciences has uncovered how the behavior of plasma—the extremely hot gases of nuclear fusion—can be controlled with ultra-thin lithium films on graphite walls lining thermonuclear magnetic fusion devices.
Gilchrist, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is using the power of supercomputers at the National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS) to help advance our quantitative understanding of the costs and errors associated with protein translation.
Research conducted using UT’s supercomputer, Nautilus, is uncovering the effects of expedited vegetation green-up in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem catalyzed by a warmer planet. Nautilus is managed by the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) with resources and support provided by the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center of the institute.