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In July, the US Department of Energy hosted its annual Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC 2011) conference in Denver, CO. Among the programmed events was a Visualization Night in which a three-person jury, and members of the audience at large, voted to determine the best of 23 submitted scientific visualization videos. WIRED has a good overview of the event and commentary on the winning entries. My personal top three are a rooftop mortar shell blast visualization from the DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program, a simulation of a magnitude 8 earthquake centered at Bombay Beach by the San Diego Supercomputing Center, and an aerodynamic analysis of wind turbine wakes from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [via Neatorama]

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

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