Russian search giant Yandex has created a custom-built search tool, for free, to help 700 CERN scientists at the Large Hadron Collider quickly search through (at present, one-twentieth of) the trove of particle data they produce--a task that would once take hours. Yandex is offering up some free server space too. Yandex has catalogued only a fraction of the collision records, but hopes to expand that to all the 20 billion particle collisions that will take place this year--a number, Business Week notes, is more than the total number of indexed pages on the Web. Data storage and sorting is an area that scientists love a bit of help with. In March, Amazon announced it would lend a pocket of space in its massive cloud to the NIH and allow genome scientists to store the 200 terabytes of date they'd collected as part of the 1000 Genomes Project.
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