Behind the scenes of 2019’s innovative discoveries, Research Technologies and the Pervasive Technology Institute at IU support advancements that improve connectivity and pave the way for the next big thing. Check out a few noteworthy items from 2019, and stay tuned for new projects in 2020!
Researchers from IU Chemistry’s Flood Lab used supercomputer Big Red II to model anew salt extraction molecule; its discovery offers new possibilities for protecting metal from sea water, and for increasing the availability of drinking water.
Tracking butterfly populations
An IU researcher used supercomputing cluster Karst to track the distribution of butterfly populations in Southeast Asia to improve understanding of future habitats and threats to the species.
Searching the Sequence Read Archive
TheSequence Read Archive(SRA) is an immense digital library of genome datasets available that integrates information from three archive platforms as part of an international biobanking effort between the US, Japan, and the European Union. Jetstream makes the computing side of things easy by allowing scientists to search for genes, bacteria, viruses, etc., and then, within a few short hours, providing a summary of similar sequences and other environments in which it has been found.
Finally, to celebrate IU’s bicentennial in 2020, the Advanced Visualization Lab used photogrammetry and 3D printing techniques to bring models of IU landmarks and artifacts, including arendering of the historic Showalter Fountain, to counties across Indiana.
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