When researchers need to compare complex new genomes; or map new regions of the Arctic in high-resolution detail; or detect signs of dark matter; or make sense of massive amounts of fMRI data, they turn to the high-performance computing and data analysis systems supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The whole thing seemed like a coded conversation about the control of inevitable exploitation of Arctic resources, justified by high-minded agreement and theoretical application to the economic, social, and cultural needs of indigenous peoples referred to often but represented there in very few numbers.
Stepping out of my flat today, in shorts, a tank top and flip-flops, as I walk to my yoga class around the corner from my apartment, soaking up Singapore's hot and humid equatorial heat at a constant steamy 30 degrees Celsius, it's very difficult for me to imagine that in a few weeks' time I will be at the very heart of Siberia.
Shell's failure in the Arctic should become a transformational moment for Obama and our addiction to deadly fossil fuels. While he's at it, he should pledge to end all new fossil fuel leasing on public lands and oceans, which would keep 450 billion tons of greenhouse pollution out of the atmosphere.