New computer technology developed at Purdue University will help put Indiana near the epicenter of earthquake-related research for the next five years, reports the Indianapolis Star. The technology was a crucial part of Purdue’s successful bid, announced Sept. 10, for a $105 million National Science Foundation grant that places Purdue in charge of coordinating earthquake research at 14 U.S. universities. The announcement of Purdue’s largest-ever grant bodes well for Indiana’s technology industry, said TechPoint president and chief executive Jim Jay, especially coming a day after Indiana University announced a $10.1 million supercomputing grant from the NSF. Purdue’s technology will allow researchers around the world to quickly share and evaluate the results of elaborate experiments, using such equipment as shake tables–parking lot-size platforms that simulate earthquakes and measure their effects on various buildings…

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