The Voyager Golden Records, included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977, are phonograph records — 12-inch gold-plated copper disks — containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The recordings are now available on Soundcloud, which means that anyone with an Internet connection can experience NASA’s “time capsule” for themselves.
Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? This intriguing...
Nearly four billion years ago, the earliest precursors of life on Earth emerged. First small,...
Pluto’s atmosphere may be changing before our eyes. Measurements with New Horizons spacecraft...
IBM announced the launch of a new community, IBM developerWorks Recipes, designed to help developers quickly learn how to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices. Users of developerWorks Recipes can tap into IBM's platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications.
Intel and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that they say has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, Intel reports that 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.
Thanks to a new system developed by scientists in the UK, taking to the waves for a spot of surfing can benefit research into the health of coastal waters, and could help confirm satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature. The system allows surfers to measure the temperature of the sea every time they head for the surf. Potentially, this could provide 40 million in situ measurements per year around the UK alone.
Quantum technology based on light has great potential for radically new information technology based on photonic circuits. Up to now, photons in quantum photonic circuits have behaved in the same way, whether they moved forward or backward in a channel. This has limited ability to control the photons and to build complex circuits for photonic quantum computers. In a new type of photonic channels, back and forth are not equal distances.
For the first time, advanced technologies made it possible to read parts of a scroll that is at least 1,500 years old, which was excavated in 1970 but at some point earlier had been badly burned. High-resolution scanning and a revolutionary software prototype designed to do “virtual unwrapping” of surfaces from within volumetric scans revealed verses from the beginning of the Book of Leviticus suddenly coming back to life.
This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3D) computer-generated image of a cluster of paired, or diplococcal vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. Enterococci cause a range of illnesses that include bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and urinary tract infections.
In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of AI are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers. Just how far off in the future is a robot like the fictional Ava? And how worried should we be about warnings that artificial intelligence could be used to build weapons with minds of their own?
Researchers looking for information on the properties of methane at high temperatures or the isotopic composition of an element know they can rely on standard reference data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). But what they really need is an app (or apps) to make the data more accessible. As a step in that direction, NIST is launching its first app challenge.
The full potential of cloud computing to directly impact science, medicine, transportation and other industries has yet to be realized. To help investigate and develop this promising cloud computing future, the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory and Texas Advanced Computing Center announced the new experimental testbed, Chameleon, is in full production for researchers across the country.
Researchers have discovered one of nature’s strongest mechanical bonds on a protein network called cellulosomes. The cellulosome network includes bacteria that contain enzymes that can effectively dismantle cellulose and chemically catalyze it. The discovery was aided by use of supercomputers to simulate interactions at the atomic level.
This image of the Moon was taken by amateur photographer Dylan O’Donnell as the International Space Station passed by at 28,800 km/h. At such speeds, the weightless research laboratory was visible for only about a third of a second before returning to the dark skies. O’Donnell captured the moment in Byron Bay, New South Wales, the eastern-most point of Australia, where the absence of larger towns offers low levels of light pollution.
Using powerful computer simulations, researchers have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance. The computations showed that a material made with just the right amounts of hafnium, nitrogen and carbon would have a melting point of more than 4,400 kelvins (7,460 degrees Fahrenheit). That’s about two-thirds the temperature at the surface of the sun, and 200 kelvins higher than the highest melting point...
Scientists and tech experts — including Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. An open letter, signed by 700 researchers and more than 600 other experts, argues that, if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons, "a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory..."
The 4th annual HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition was a joint event hosted by the HPC Advisory Council and the organizers of the International Supercomputing Conference. The SCC event was held during ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The competition featured 11 small teams of undergraduate students from nine different countries that compete to showcase the small clusters of their own design on the ISC’15 exhibit floor.
Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life. Yet, since she enrolled in a clinical study that uses her iPhone to gather information about her condition, Kearns has been diligently taking a series of tests three times a day.