A new multimedia presentation at the California Academy of Sciences' Morrison Planetarium illustrates how supercomputer technology is becoming an important scientific tool, says The New York Times' John Markoff. It's helping scientists make sense of the mounds of digital data they have to work with.

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Researchers describe a way to share data while keeping it secure, Agence France Presse reports.

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India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

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