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Software tools that help researchers to study the role of forests in climate change could make it easier to understand a wide variety of natural and artificial complex systems.
The much vaunted globalisation of business and politics has not by-passed the world of R&D.
Computer technologies have suffused the world we live in. They have created change and continue to create change. This is manifest not only on our desktops and in our hands, but in virtually all aspects of our lives, in our communities and in the wider society.
Computing has come a long way since the invention of the diminutive mouse. Unlike the keyboard, which was an adaptation of old technology, the mouse was the first purpose built approach to interacting with computers to catch on with consumers.
Few research issues are as significant as trying to work out how climate change might affect the environment. Unlike many scientific experiments, this isn't something that we can try in a laboratory several times to see how things pan out under different conditions. Nor do we have the luxury of being able to wait to see which of the many theories on offer is the most scientifically complete. This is why...