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Matthew Mills and Ali Miri, graduate students in the University of Central Florida’s Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), have been able to extend the laser pulse from 10 inches to about seven feet. And they’re working to extend

High-energy Laser Beams may allow us to Control the Weather

April 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics and Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.

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President Barack Obama kicks a ball passed to him by a robot namesd ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, as he attends a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo

Obama's Robot Summit: Youth Science Event at the Miraikan

April 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Darlene Superville and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you." President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper.

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Satellite View of the Americas -- Courtesy of NASA

Satellite View of the Americas

April 24, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

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Despite the benefits of cloud computing and the decade-plus of research that supports its use, we still face some critical challenges in deploying this technology. Expert speakers will address these issues and discuss possible solutions.

ISC Cloud’14 at a Glance

April 24, 2014 11:09 am | by ISC | News | Comments

This year’s ISC Cloud conference will be the fifth in the series and will continue the tradition of bringing experts and users from industry and academia to foster collaboration and innovation in the field of cloud computing. The conference will be held in Heidelberg at the Marriott Hotel from September 29 to 30, 2014, followed by ISC Big Data

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The interest in big data remains unabated. A growing number of enterprises and institutes realize that there is a substantial value to be obtained by harnessing data with proven technologies and methodologies.

ISC Big Data Conference Returns with “Bringing High Performance to the Enterprise" Theme

April 24, 2014 11:04 am | by ISC | News | Comments

The ISC Big Data Conference was organized for the first time last year, and it brought together an interesting mix of users and vendors from the enterprise and HPC communities. This year, ISC is expecting key technical experts and IT decision-makers in the big data domain. The conference will be held in Heidelberg at the Marriott Hotel, preceded by ISC Cloud’14.

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Van Duyne recently identified the chemical components of paint, now partially faded, used by Renoir in his oil painting “Madame Léon Clapisson.”

Chemist Reveals Renoir Masterpiece's True Colors

April 23, 2014 12:36 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Scientists are using powerful analytical and imaging tools to study artworks from all ages, delving deep below the surface to reveal the process and materials used by some of the world’s greatest artists. Chemist Richard Van Duyne, in collaboration with conservation scientists at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been using a scientific method to investigate masterpieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt.

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Crystallized Purple Food Dye -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Crystallized Purple Food Dye

April 23, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

This 640x image of crystallized purple food dye received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Waldo Nell of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, using a darkfield technique.

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Big Data Approach to Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies New Mammalian Clock Gene

April 22, 2014 6:37 pm | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

Over the last few decades researchers have characterized a set of clock genes that drive daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in all types of species, from flies to humans. Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more. A team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania wondered if big-data approaches could find them.

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Dr. Ing. Bernd Mohr, a senior scientist at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)

Looking for Job Security? Consider becoming an HPC Performance Tool Developer

April 22, 2014 4:01 pm | by Bernd Mohr, Jülich Supercomputing Centre Institute for Advanced Simulation | Blogs | Comments

When I started to work on performance tools for parallel computers 25 years ago, I wasn’t sure how long I would be able to work in this interesting and exciting area of high performance computing.  Performance was always in the center of HPC, so anyone helping application developers to optimize and tune their codes was in high demand.

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Drones Unearth More Details about Chaco Culture

April 22, 2014 3:40 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. The discovery of the structures hidden beneath layers of sediment and sagebrush is being hailed as an important step that could help archaeologists shed light on mysteries long buried by eroding desert landscapes

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The program attempts to unravel the biological complexity of cancer by applying a "systems biology" approach using a variety of Big Data and computational modeling techniques to uncover new understanding and connections associated with the development and

Alzheimer's-Cancer Link found using Biomedical Data, Supercomputing

April 22, 2014 3:35 pm | by Jorge Salazar, TACC | News | Comments

A team led by Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) scientists has found that Alzheimer's disease and cancer share a pathway in gene transcription, a process essential for cell reproduction and growth. They published their findings in December 2013 in the open access journal Scientific Reports by the Nature Publishing Group.

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Intel is creating Intel Parallel Computing Centers (IPCCs) at leading institutions in HPC research to promote the modernization of essential application codes to increase their parallelism and scalability.

Intel Selects Georgia Tech as Site for Next Parallel Computing Center

April 22, 2014 12:25 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

As modern computer systems become more powerful, utilizing as many as millions of processor cores in parallel, Intel is looking for new ways to efficiently use these high performance computing (HPC) systems to accelerate scientific discovery. As part of this effort, Intel has selected Georgia Tech as the site of one of its Parallel Computing Centers.

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NASA Super Guppy Makes Special Delivery -- Courtesy of NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given

NASA Super Guppy Makes Special Delivery

April 22, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

NASA’s Super Guppy, a wide-bodied cargo aircraft, landed at the Redstone Army Airfield near Huntsville, AL, on March 26, 2014, with a special delivery: an innovative composite rocket fuel tank. The Super Guppy has a hinged nose that opens and allows large cargos like the tank to be easily unloaded.

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The author loses control of an interview with subject-matter experts Cheech and Chong.

Up In Smoke: Rocky Mountain High Redefined by Legalized Marijuana

April 21, 2014 3:38 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Tens of thousands of pot smokers wheezed a sigh of relief when recreational marijuana use was made legal January 1, 2014. Gone is the cottage industry of gray-area physicians rubber-stamping medical prescriptions for a well-informed gaggle of would-be stoners who memorized popular conditions sure to garner approval.

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A woman smoking a cigarette while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, AL. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new AP-GfK poll shows Americans have much more doubts in other concep

Poll: Big Bang a Big Question for Most Americans

April 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Jennifer Agiesta and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago.

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This October 9, 2003, photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, IL. (AP Photo/News-Gazette, John Dixon)

Engineer Vital to Moon Landing Success Dies

April 21, 2014 11:37 am | by AP | News | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. As NASA describes on its Web site, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.

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