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- 12.20.11 - Kepler Mission Discovers First Earth-size Planets Beyond Our Solar System
- With help from the Pleiades supercomputer and NAS experts, scientists have validated the discovery of two new planets, Kepler–20e and Kepler–20f. The discovery is detailed in a paper in Nature, with NAS's Chris Henze as a coauthor.
- 12.05.11 - Ancient Dry Spells Offer Clues About the Future of Drought
- Goddard Institute for Space Studies scientists have unearthed new evidence about ancient droughts in Mexico's Yucatán and in New York's Hudson River valley that suggest the future could bring even more serious water shortages.
- 10.27.11 - Astronomers Pin Down Galaxy Collision Rate
- A new analysis of Hubble surveys, combined with simulations of galaxy interactions, reveals that the merger rate of galaxies over the last 8 billion to 9 billion years falls between the previous estimates.
- 10.24.11 - NASA Scientist Receives Inaugural Climate Communications Award
- Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, received the Climate Communications Prize from AGU. Schmidt often uses large-scale models of the atmosphere and ocean to simulate past and future climate conditions.
- 09.19.11 - Black Holes May Illuminate Universe's Dark Side
- Researchers at Princeton and New York University have simulated the resulting effects of stars colliding with black holes. Using calculations run on the Pleiades supercomputer, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility visualization experts created video simulations of the collisions.
- 09.07.11 - The Impact of Stratospheric Ozone Changes on Downward Wave Coupling in the Southern Hemisphere
- Using supercomputing resources at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility, scientists have published a study that reveals a new mechanism wherein stratospheric ozone changes can affect the tropospheric circulation.
- 08.04.11 - GEOS-5 Forecasting Support for HS3 Campaign
- NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Branch and NASA Center for Climate Simulation are providing meteorological and chemical forecast support for NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission.
- 07.27.11 - Black Hole Collision May Have Set Off Fireworks in the Milky Way
- Smashup may have produced some of the highest energy radiation in the universe. Supporting simulations ran on NASA's Pleiades and Columbia supercomputers.
- 07.13.11 - GEOS-5 Forecasting Support for DISCOVER-AQ Campaign
- NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Software Integration and Visualization Office, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch, and NASA Center for Climate Simulation are providing chemical forecast support for aiding flight planning and data analysis in the field.
- 06.27.11 - High-Fidelity Simulation of Landing Gear Noise
- Scientist Mehdi Khorrami teams up with NAS' Pat Moran to explain the intricate challenges of simulating and visualizing aircraft landing gear noise to improve the sonic environment.
- 06.09.11 - GPUs Demonstrate Potential for NASA Science Simulations
- NASA Earth and space simulations are getting a boost from graphics processing units (GPUs), with early results on laboratory and NASA Center for Climate Simulation GPU systems demonstrating potential for significant speedups.
- 06.09.11 - NASA Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge
- Voyager spacecraft observations, analyzed using a new computer model, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles.
- 05.31.11 - A Dark Matter for Astrophysics Research
- Projects like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have provided a wealth of cosmological data. Using NASA's Pleiades supercomputer, researchers have simulated the region of the universe observed by Sloan.
- 04.28.11 - NCCS Doubles Computational Power for Users
- This month, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) made available to users the newest unit of its "Discover" supercomputer. The 14,400-processor Dell PowerEdge C6100 server doubles Discover's computational power.
- 04.26.11 - Adapting to Sea Level Rise in New York City
- As warming climate causes sea level rise, coastal urban areas such as New York City face more frequent and intense episodic flooding following storms and inundation of some low-lying areas.
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- NASA and NCCS will use a common SBU for allocating and tracking computing time usage. The new SBUs will appear in usage reports starting on May 1, 2011, the beginning of the allocation year for many computational projects.
- 04.01.11 - Emissions Standards Good for Health, Agriculture, Climate
- A new Goddard Institute for Space Studies analysis shows that greater adoption of American and European vehicle emission standards in other countries would yield major health, agricultural, and climate benefits.
- 02.23.11 - The "Right Stuff" at the Right Time
- A confluence of skills, resources, and timing has put NAS modeling and simulation experts at the forefront of safety analysis for shuttle missions over the last seven years.
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