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#CuteOff: Scientists weighing in on World’s Cutest Creature

September 3, 2015 | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

In a fierce competition, scientists and others around the world are uploading photos to Twitter of the most adorable-looking animal and insect subjects they’ve encountered in their line of work. Biologists, ecologists and conservationists are all in the friendly fight over the most adorable animals on the planet. The tweets are highlighting the huge diversity of insects, mammals, reptiles and birds being studied by researchers.

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Wings of the butterfly: New Hubble image of Twin Jet Nebula -- Courtesy of ESA/Hubble & NASA. Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt – Click to enlarge

Wings of the Butterfly: New Hubble Image of Twin Jet Nebula

September 4, 2015 11:54 am | by ESA | News | Comments

The shimmering colors visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes, two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometers per hour.

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So, just how many trees are out there? One billion, 10 billion, 100 billion? Satellites weren’t enough to get a global number.

How we found out there are Three Trillion Trees on Earth

September 4, 2015 9:50 am | by Henry B Glick, Yale University and Thomas Crowther, Yale University | Articles | Comments

Trees occupy much of Earth’s land surface. Many of us interact with them on a daily basis, whether driving down a rural country road, back-country skiing, or having a picnic in a city park. Whether large or small, trees play a wide range of roles in our global ecosystem, from sequestering atmospheric carbon to pulling nutrients to the surface from deep in the soil. So, just how many are out there? One billion, 10 billion, 100 billion?

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Intel's goal is to extend Delft University's physics expertise and diverse quantum computing research efforts by contributing advanced manufacturing, electronics and architectural expertise.

Intel Invests US$50 Million to Advance Quantum Computing

September 3, 2015 4:24 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

Intel announced a 10-year collaborative relationship with the Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organization for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing. To achieve this goal, Intel will invest US$50 million and will provide significant engineering resources both on-site and at Intel, as well as technical support.

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A simulation of a lead ion collision in ALICE. Courtesy of CERN

Symmetry of the Universe: Most Precise Measurement of Mass and Charge of Light Nuclei and Anti-nuclei Published

September 3, 2015 4:04 pm | by Technical University of Munich | News | Comments

Our existence is still a great mystery in theoretical physics. Why did anti-matter disappear almost completely from our universe, whereas matter did not? Scientists are attempting to solve this mystery at the particle accelerator of the major European research institute at CERN. The ALICE collaboration has published the most precise measurement of the properties of light atomic nuclei and anti-nuclei ever made.

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Researchers are using genomics, evolutionary history and the “Magnus” Cray XC40 supercomputer at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to understand and eliminate the whitefly threat — a species complex of at least 34 morphologically indistinguishable species.

Creating the World’s Most Fearsome Fly Swatter

September 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Kristi Lanier, Cray | Blogs | Comments

The silverleaf whitefly is like a horrible house guest. It arrives uninvited with thousands of friends, trashes the place, eats everything in sight and then sticks you with a clean-up bill that runs into the billions of dollars. Scientists have struggled to develop consistent defense strategies but, with the aid of supercomputing, Operation Fly Swat is quickly transforming them from hapless hosts to super-charged swatters.

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Extreme-Scale Computing Scholars Share their Experiences

September 3, 2015 12:11 pm | by Argonne Leadership Computing Facility | Articles | Comments

With the challenges posed by architecture and software environments of today’s most powerful supercomputers, and even greater complexity on the horizon from next-generation and exascale systems, there is a critical need for specialized, in-depth training for computational scientists poised to facilitate breakthrough science using these amazing resources. The Argonne Training Program for Extreme-Scale Computing program is designed to...

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Snout Beetle -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Image of Distinction -- Click to enlarge

Snout Beetle

September 3, 2015 11:25 am | News | Comments

This 4X photograph shows a snout beetle of the family Coleoptera Curculionidae, also known as weevils. It was designated an Image of Distinction in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope and was taken using reflected, diffused light.

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Photograph of a chip constructed by D-Wave Systems designed to operate as a 128-qubit superconducting adiabatic quantum optimization processor, mounted in a sample holder. Courtesy of D-Wave Systems

Get Used to it: Quantum Computing will bring Immense Processing Possibilities

September 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Robert Young, Lancaster University | Articles | Comments

The one thing everyone knows about quantum mechanics is its legendary weirdness, in which basic tenets of the world it describes seem alien to the world we live in. Superposition, where things can be in two states simultaneously, a switch both on and off, a cat both dead and alive. Or entanglement, what Einstein called spooky action-at-distance, in which objects are invisibly linked. Weird or not, quantum theory is nearly a century old.

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IBM unveiled an array of new and enhanced technologies designed to capture, analyze and deliver real-time scores and insights to fans of the 2015 US Open tennis tournament — via redesigned and refreshed mobile apps for Apple iPad and iPhone, and Android d

US Open Tennis Apps, Analytics and Real-time Data served via IBM Cloud

September 3, 2015 8:27 am | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM unveiled an array of new and enhanced technologies designed to capture, analyze and deliver real-time scores and insights to fans of the 2015 US Open tennis tournament. IBM is teaming with the United States Tennis Association to bring a combination of predictive analytics, cloud, mobile and social technologies that will enable tennis enthusiasts to follow every US Open serve, volley and match point in real-time.

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Beyond the Bulb launched at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, IL,on July 2015. The large prints are in a highly visible location in the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) concourse, a 1,000-foot-long corridor that connects the CTA stop to Terminal

Celebrating Light-based Science: Beyond the Bulb

September 2, 2015 2:45 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb is an open-source exhibition program that showcases the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across the electromagnetic spectrum, scientific disciplines and technological platforms. The exhibit is designed to show participants some examples of the myriad of wonderful things that light can do, and how it plays a critical role in our lives every day.

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The 2015 COMSOL Conference world tour begins on October 7 in Boston. The event focuses on advancing cross-discipline and multiphysics simulation and application design, bringing together more than 2,000 engineers, researchers and scientists worldwide thro

COMSOL Announces Keynotes for Boston 2015 COMSOL Conference on Multiphysics Simulation

September 2, 2015 12:29 pm | by COMSOL | News | Comments

COMSOL announced three featured customers who have been invited as keynote speakers for the 11th Annual COMSOL Conference event for multiphysics simulation and application design. The 2015 COMSOL Conference world tour begins on October 7 in Boston. The event focuses on advancing cross-discipline and multiphysics simulation and application design through hands-on sessions, networking opportunities, keynote talks and over 700 presentations.

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Agendas Announced for October HPC User Forums in Paris and Munich

September 2, 2015 11:17 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The HPC User Forum has announced the preliminary agendas for two same-week meetings taking place in Paris from October 12-13 and in Munich from October 15-16, 2015. The meetings are hosted by GENCI and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), respectively.

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The Geneva-based U.N. body says ocean and atmospheric conditions over the tropical Pacific and most expert models and opinion point to a strengthening of the El Nino in the second half of 2015.

World Meteorological Organization: This El Nino to be among Strongest Since 1950

September 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

The current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said on September 1, 2015. The El Nino event involves a shift in winds in the Pacific Ocean along the equator every few years, warming the water more than usual and triggering a change in global weather patterns. The Geneva-based U.N. body says ocean and atmospheric conditions ...

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Identical Neuronal Growth Cone -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Image of Distinction -- Click to enlarge

Nervous System Cytoskeleton: Identical Neuronal Growth Cone

September 2, 2015 9:14 am | News | Comments

This 3000X photograph shows actin meshwork of an identical growth cone imaged with confocal and super resolution microscopy. It was designated an Image of Distinction in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

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Jack Dongarra addresses the press at SC14.

Supercomputing Serengeti: SC Perennials offer Reflections on Annual Migration

September 2, 2015 8:45 am | by Mike Bernhardt | Blogs | Comments

How many of you can say you’ve attended any type of annual event 27 years in a row? When it comes to the SC conferences, that claim to fame would only apply to 18 very hardy souls we like to refer to as the SC Perennials. SC15 in Austin, TX, will be the 28th annual migration for this group. Professor Jack Dongarra is one of the SC Perennials. Jack’s name is known to both seasoned conference attendees and the community’s newest entrants.

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