The University of Louisville has doubled the power of its supercomputer.

When it was installed in 2009, the Cardinal Research Cluster was 21 teraflops, meaning it could do 21 trillion calculations per second. Most home computers aren’t measured in flops, but rarely exceed a ten thousandth of that power. Now the cluster is 42 teraflops. It’s used for cancer research and the new capacity will be used for pediatric cancer and environmental research.

“It’s been up since July 1 and we are already topping out,” says Vice President of Information Technology Priscilla Hancock. “They already are filling up this expansion, so we will need to start looking for other grants to continue to do this. How do you turn away from doing something like cancer research?”

IBM helped the school with the upgrade. It cost $1.8 million and was paid for with a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

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David Eagleman on Here and Now [Audio]

by Brad Yost July 19, 2011

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action. His most recent book is Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.  He will give a public talk at the Louisville Free Public Library this evening. His work and research probes the inner workings of the unconscious […]

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Kentucky Space Leader Looks for Innovation as Shuttle Program Ends

by Gabe Bullard July 11, 2011

The last American space shuttle mission launched Friday, and the head of the Kentucky Space organization says the end of the program could mark the beginning of a new period of innovation. Without the shuttle program, organizations like Kentucky Space that send research projects into orbit will have to find other vessels to carry the […]

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Final Shuttle Flight Has Kentucky Ties

by Gabe Bullard July 8, 2011

The final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle program is carrying a scientific research project from Kentucky. The shuttle launched today  with a medical experiment organized by the Kentucky Space consortium. The project tests how malignant brain cancer cells behave in low gravity. Kentucky Space president Kris Kimel (chris kimmel) says the research is part […]

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Mapping the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

by Gabe Bullard June 2, 2011

The first HIV diagnosis was made 30 years ago. Since then, it’s spread to epidemic proportions in the United States. As Fast Company writes, “it’s probably more prevalent in your neighborhood than you think.” To prove that point, the company profiles the creators of AIDSvu, an interactive map that shows a county-by-county breakdown of adults […]

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Eli Lilly CEO Says Gender Gap in Science Shrinking

by Gabe Bullard April 1, 2011

John Lechleiter says the shift is due in part to the delay in changes in education. It takes years to obtain the proper degree, and so the women seeking jobs now were part of a surge in female science students.

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‘Extreme Supermoon’ Visible on Saturday

by Dalton Main March 18, 2011

The occurrence is called a perigee, or the point on the moon’s orbit at which the moon is closest to the earth. This point coincides with a full moon this year, producing a rare visual phenomenon.
The forecast for Saturday is mostly cloudy, but keep an eye on the eastern horizon at sunset.

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NASA Rocket Crashes With Kentucky Space Satellite on Board

by Gabe Bullard March 4, 2011

“We do have a backup and we’re hoping to fly that backup in the next twelve months,” says Kentucky Space president Kris Kimel. “We have another satellite that we’ve been building with the University of Rome that’s supposed to launch in April or the end of this month. So we may be launching another satellite that we’re involved with within the month.”

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JCPS Officials Tout Science Test Score Improvements

by Gabe Bullard February 24, 2011

According to an assessment from the National Association for Educational Progress, only one of the 16 urban districts tested had higher science scores than Louisville among 8th graders, while Louisville shared the highest scores among 4th graders.

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Doctor Says Egyptian Protests May Slow Research

by Gabe Bullard February 4, 2011

Dr. Steven Myers left Egypt on Sunday, days after the anti-government protests started. Myers says the demonstrations began as peaceful attempts to change the government, but as government forces and pro-government demonstrators faced off, the situation turned dangerous.

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