In 2003 when a Cretaceous-era dinosaur adorned with long feathers was discovered in China, it sparked a debate as to if and how such a creature could fly. And to help resolve that debate, researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK put a scale model of the dino in a wind tunnel to see just how bird-like…
Distributed, crowd-sourced computing platforms—doesn't matter if it's Indigogo or SETI@home—are only as useful as the individual systems connected to them. And for IBM's World Community Grid, a single system can do a lot, especially when it's a purpose-built 4.5GHz calculation-crushing super computer.
In March 3, 1916, the US Congress founded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, only a 12 years after the Wright Brothers' first ever flight. In 1920, they built their first wind tunnel. And in 1958, it became NASA.