April 2009

Keeping on course

The next big physics facility will collide bunches of electrons and oppositely charged positrons. Computation is helping to skirt design pitfalls.

January 2009

Divide and conquer

Better nanoscale materials for devices like solar cells may depend on bigger, more detailed computational models.

November 2007

Power play

A Japanese supercomputer’s record-setting performance set off a drive to keep American science competitive.

July 2007

Supercomputer saga

The 1973 oil embargo changed how Americans think about energy and altered science’s path. Alvin Trivelpiece had a lot to do with that change.

April 2007

Burning questions

Powerful computers are simulating how turbulence enhances – or retards – combustion in clean, efficient engines.