Are supercomputers worth their super price tags?

Feb 12, 2012

Are supercomputers worth their super price tags?

by Tomoko Otake

“Why do we have to aim for the world’s No. 1 — what’s wrong with being the world’s No. 2?” Ever since that short question about Japan’s vaunted K computer was posed live on national television in November 2009, Japan’s policymakers have been haunted ...

Drugs of the future will be computer-designed

Feb 12, 2012

Drugs of the future will be computer-designed

by Tomoko Otake

The moment Hideaki Fujitani unlocks the heavy door and enters the room, the buzzing noise — which sounded like a simple hum from the outside — gets much louder. “The noise is from the cooling fans,” he shouts as he tries to tidy up ...

Mar 18, 2011

Disaster clobbers a helper

by Kanayo F. Nwanze, Martin Parry, David Rising, Stephanie Pertuiset, Maria Sheah, Jamie F. Metzl, David Gordon, Jerry Z. Muller, Timothy Cox, Lakhdar Brahimi, Carol Mann, Michael J. Boskin, Lester Tenney, Chris Patten, Pamela Cox, George Akerlof, Mkhaimar Abusada, and John J. Metzler

NEW YORK, UNITED NATIONS — The massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked and ravaged large parts of northern Japan have caused near apocalyptic devastation to the land and the environment. The 9.0-magnitude shock, the largest ever recorded in the earthquake-prone country, was brutally magnified ...

Jan 13, 2011

The chaotic birth of South Sudan

by Shlomo Ben Ami

MADRID — The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that was reached in 2005 between mostly Christian southern Sudan and the country’s Muslim North ended one of the bloodiest civil wars in modern times. Lasting 22 years, the war left more than 2 million dead. Now ...