UCARConnect Blogs

Seymour Cray

Supercomputing: 40 Years of Exponential Growth

By Teri Eastburn
January 7, 2017

40 years ago, the world's first supercomputer arrived at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory boasting more memory and speed (80 million calculations per second) than any other computer in the world. 40 years and many supercomputers later, Cheyenne makes its debut at number 20 on the Supercomputing 500 List. Read more

Grace Peng, NCAR

Big Data, Big Planet

By Grace Peng
November 2, 2016

We’re experiencing a big data explosion both in cultural awareness and in penetration into many aspects of everyday life. How did we get here? What role do weather and climate play in our data moment?

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Mosquito Drawing by Axel Howard, 5th grader

5th-Grader Interviews a Medical Anthropologist

By Mary Hayden
May 2, 2016

Every once in awhile an opportunity comes along to share one's professional work not in scholarly journals but rather with an inquisitive mind. Mary Hayden experienced such an opportunity with 5th-grader Axel Howard. Here is what he uncovered and shared about Mary and her work. Read more

James Done

Meeting of the Minds

By James Done
March 6, 2016

James Done makes the case that a meeting of the minds between scientists and community stakeholders is essential to aligning the use and production of scientific resources and tools to help build community resilience to weather and climate extremes. Read more

Food, Waste, Climate Change

Learning by Doing: Food, Waste, & Climate Change

By Jennifer Smith
November 1, 2015

Food disposal is a part of the food system rarely discussed, let alone explicitly taught. After all, 42 percent of food ends up in our trash bins and landfills. When students at Monticello Middle School in Illinois noticed the degree of waste in their own cafeteria, teacher Jennifer Smith saw an opportunity to teach science and writing authentically through stewardship, wiggle worms, and action. Read more

Coral Reef

Who Cares About Oceans?

By Joanie Kleypas
October 7, 2015

We both work in a land-locked state and study the ocean from afar. When people hear that we work on how climate change affects the oceans and sea ice, we often get asked the same question: “Why should we care about the oceans? “ It’s a hard question to answer, not because the oceans aren’t vital to our well-being, but because for most of us, the oceans are a foreign and misunderstood place. Read more

Carnegie Vessel

Atmospheric Electricity at the Frontiers of Science?

By Teri Eastburn
August 1, 2015

The Carnegie vessel at left sailed the world's oceans from 1909 to 1929 and obtained the first global measurements of atmospheric electricity. With so much discovery about electricity in our past, why then has the topic of atmospheric electricity returned to the frontiers of science? Teri Eastburn, an educator with the project, tells us why. Read more

Bob Henson

Key Moments in El Niño History, a Blog from Bob

By Bob Henson
December 1, 2014

With more than a quarter century of writing about NCAR's science, Bob Henson, one of this month's featured ENSO experts, shares what he recalls about its history. Read more