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Press release issued by the UK e-Science Programme

21st September 2005

  • Database of cancer records now available for research: Data on more than 22,000 cancer cases are now available for research by bona fide clinical and medical researchers. This repository is the first major output of the Clinical e-Science Framework (CLEF), an e-Science project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). Full press release

  • Output of e-Science project helps GSK speed up drug discovery: The pharmaceutical company GSK is using an output of a UK e-Science project to speed up the process of drug discovery. Full press release

  • Materials scientists get the whole picture with new e-Science technique: An output of the UK e-Science Programme is helping researchers to find needles of insight in the haystack of data generated by bigger and better facilities to probe matter with intense particle or X-ray beams. Full press release

  • New crystal structure of Alzheimer's drug predicted: A challenge, presented at last year's e-Science All Hands meeting, has resulted in an e-Science project achieving one of the holy grails of the pharmaceutical industry - the computational prediction of a previously unidentified crystal structure, or polymorph, of a drug molecule. Full press release

  • e-Science makes weather forecasts available for search and rescue: An e-Science project is enabling the use of near real-time Met Office forecasts to predict the drift of a person who has fallen overboard. Full press release

  • Science on the Grid: e-Science projects deliver for science, industry and engineering: Six major projects to ensure that new e-Science technologies meet the needs of real scientific users are now finishing. Full press release

  • e-Science records Roman finds: Twenty first century e-Science met the ancient Roman world in a Hampshire field this summer. For the first time, archaeologists excavating at the Silchester Roman site used e-Science techniques to record their finds. Full press release

  • Challenging the World's Largest Computing Grid: Enough data to fill 17,000 CDs1 were transferred from Edinburgh University to the CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in nine days, as part of the latest networking challenge by particle physicists. Full press release

  • New network pools visualisation expertise: Researchers who would benefit from visualising their data have a new support network to turn to for advice and guidance. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has announced the funding of a Visualisation Support Network which pools the expertise of key visualisation centres in UK universities. Full press release

  • 'Through the looking glass' - the Universe at your computer: Astronomers throughout the UK now have a valuable new research tool at their disposal which may lead to new discoveries and improved understanding of the physics of the Universe. Launched this week, AstroGrid provides a unique way of accessing, processing and storing astronomical data obtained from a diverse range of data archives held anywhere on Earth. Full press release

  • Grid shows new way to thwart Wiki vandals: When Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 15 years ago, he always intended that it should be easy for people to write to it, not just read from it. But if websites are opened up to anyone, they often get vandalised by people with axes to grind. Now, a researcher from Manchester has brought together two of computing's current buzzwords - the Grid, and Wikis - to overcome this problem. Full press release

14th September 2005