Dr. Gamera writes "Science-fiction author Neal Stephenson gives us his perspective on the history of the development of rocketry. He uses that history to illustrate the phenomena of path dependence and lock-in."Link to Original Source
Stony Stevenson writes "IBM has designed a new video game to help university students and young professionals develop a combination of business and IT skills. The Innov8 interactive 3D video game is designed to help bridge the gap in understanding between IT teams and business leaders. Over 2,000 universities around the world can download the game from IBM's website and begin using it in their classrooms at no charge. More than 30 colleges and universities have already incorporated the game into their programme plans. This type of simulation, often referred to as 'serious gaming', has the look and feel of a game but corresponds to business activities, such as improving operational processes.
"Innov8 is designed to address this specific skills shortage while also helping universities realise the benefits of using serious games as a powerful tool for teaching today's students," said Sandy Carter, vice president of SOA and WebSphere strategy, channels and marketing at IBM."Link to Original Source
Stony Stevenson writes "Canadian researchers have promised to squeeze "decades" of cancer research into just two years by harnessing the power of a global PC grid. The scientists are the first from Canada to use IBM's World Community Grid network of PCs and laptops with the power equivalent to one of the globe's top five fastest supercomputers. The team will use the grid to analyse the results of experiments on proteins using data collected by scientists at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, New York. The researchers estimate that this analysis would take conventional computer systems 162 years to complete."Link to Original Source