Articles written by Karyn Hede

About the Author

Karyn Hede is news editor of the Nature Publishing Group journal Genetics in Medicine and a correspondent for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Her freelance writing has appeared in Science, New Scientist, Technology Review and elsewhere. She teaches scientific writing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she earned advanced degrees in journalism and biology.

September 2017

Virtual vessels

September, 2017 Updated: September, 2017

The circulatory simulations a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship alumna now at Duke University could help physicians choose the best treatments before operating.


October 2016

Forecasting failure

October, 2016 Updated: October, 2016

Sandia National Laboratories aims to predict physics on a micrometer scale.


October 2013

Balancing act

October, 2013 Updated: October, 2013

A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researcher is developing approaches to spread the work evenly over scads of processors in a high-performance computer and to keep calculations clicking even as part of the machine has a hiccup.


November 2012

Filling in the blanks

November, 2012 Updated: November, 2012

To prevent important information from being missed, a Berkeley Lab team is improving how supercomputers divvy up the ponderous tasks surrounding large simulations’ analytics and visualization.


Going deep

November, 2012 Updated: November, 2012

The discovery of that our universe is expanding at an accelerating rate garnered a 2011 Nobel Prize for Saul Perlmutter of the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, but the finding also opened up a plethora of new questions about what is happening in the far reaches of deep space. There, researchers glimpse […]


January 2012

Power boost

January, 2012 Updated: January, 2012

Berkeley scientists have combined computational modeling and advanced materials synthesis to devise a low-cost anode that bolsters the feasibility of long-life lithium-ion batteries.


September 2011

Designer yeast

September, 2011 Updated: July, 2014

A Johns Hopkins University team has built a yeast chromosome from scratch, they report today in the journal Nature. Sarah Richardson used what she learned as a Computational Science Graduate Fellow to help design and monitor the chromosome’s construction.


March 2010

A well-placed plug for the humble algorithm

March, 2010 Updated: March, 2011

The ceremony in the East Room of the White House, where President Obama bestowed the National Medal of Science on Berni Alder last October, represented the public side of the honor. But for Alder the real action occurred after the ceremony, at a White House meeting for invited guests, politicians, family and other Washington dignitaries. […]


The master of Monte Carlo

March, 2010 Updated: November, 2011

Berni Alder’s Monte Carlo methods have solved problems across the scientific spectrum. Yet the Livermore-based National Medal of Science-recipient still has questions.


December 2009

Nanostructural problem-solvers

December, 2009 Updated: March, 2011

Computation ferrets out emergent behaviors of novel materials built from tiny blocks.