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Biofabrication takes place at the intersection of medical science, engineering, computer science and 3D printing. Courtesy of Vern Hart/Flickr, CC BY-NC Courtesy of Vern Hart/Flickr, CC BY-NC

From Science Fiction to Reality: Dawn of the Biofabricator

September 1, 2015 | by Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong | Articles | Comments

Science is catching up to science fiction. Last year, a paralyzed man walked again after cell treatment bridged a gap in his spinal cord. Dozens of people have had bionic eyes implanted, and it may also be possible to augment them to see into the infra-red or ultra-violet. We're witnessing a reshaping of the clinical landscape. Enter the biofabricator, melding technical skills in materials, mechatronics and biology with clinical sciences.

The World's Largest Gathering of Women Technologists is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

September 1, 2015 4:47 pm | Events

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the World's Largest Gathering of Women Technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM. The three-day conference combines technical sessions with career sessions and includes a poster session, a career fair, and an awards ceremony.

Maria Klawe: Changing the dynamics of a male-dominated field.

Closing the Computer Science Gender Gap: How One Woman is making a Difference in Many Lives

September 1, 2015 4:33 pm | by Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College | Articles | Comments

I’ve been passionate about increasing women’s participation in computer science for more than 25 years. While the number of undergraduate women pursuing some STEM fields like biology and chemistry has steadily increased over the past couple of decades, women’s participation in computer science has been declining. Indeed, within the last 20 years, the percentage of undergraduate women who received CS degrees plummeted by almost 40%.

NVIDIA’s Global Impact Award is an annual grant for groundbreaking work using NVIDIA technology that addresses social, humanitarian and environmental problems.

Nominations Open for $150,000 NVIDIA Global Research Prize

September 1, 2015 3:40 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

NVIDIA has invited researchers worldwide to submit their innovations for the 2016 NVIDIA Global Impact Award — an annual grant of $150,000 for groundbreaking work that addresses the world’s most important social and humanitarian problems. The award will go to a researcher or institution “using NVIDIA technology to achieve breakthrough results with broad impact.”

Engineers devised a method that would capture a vast amount of data on the behavior of the tiny mosquitoes. Until now, there was no software capable of analyzing such a large number of high resolution images; so, it had to be specially written and has bee

Big Data Battles Small Insect: Terabytes of Mosquito Images Help Enhance Netting

September 1, 2015 12:46 pm | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

Researchers are using imaging technologies normally applied to automotive engines and sprays to image thousands of mosquitoes in order to help develop better netting and physical protection against the malaria-spreading insect. They are exploring the best insecticide treatment and physical design of protection for sleeping people. For every hour of operation, 360,000 images are captured, each at 1.4 TB in total size.

The ISC 2016 Research Paper Committee, chaired by Professor Dr. Jack Dongarra, is welcoming proposals reporting original work in theoretical, experimental and industrial research and development.

ISC High Performance Calls on Researchers to Join the 2016 Research Paper Sessions

September 1, 2015 12:09 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

The ISC High Performance conference is now open to research paper submissions. The ISC Research Paper sessions are an integral part of the 31st supercomputing conference series and will be held Monday, June 20, through Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The ISC 2016 Research Paper Committee, chaired by Professor Dr. Jack Dongarra, is welcoming proposals reporting original work in theoretical, experimental and industrial research and development.

The new Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator is the world's first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired. (PRNewsFoto/Texas Instruments)

Talking Scientific Calculator Breaks Down Barriers for Visually Impaired

September 1, 2015 11:44 am | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments, Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind unveiled the Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator, the world's first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired. Based on the TI-30XS Multiview scientific calculator from Texas Instruments, the Orion TI-30XS represents a breakthrough in STEM education for students with vision impairment.

Sahara Desert in Central Algeria -- Courtesy of Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA – Click to enlarge

Sahara Desert in Central Algeria

September 1, 2015 11:14 am | by ESA | News | Comments

The sandy and rocky terrain of the Sahara desert in central Algeria was captured in this image by the Sentinel-2A satellite. The largest country in Africa, more than 90 percent of Algeria is covered by the Sahara desert. Major oil and natural gas deposits lie beneath the Sahara, contributing to Algeria’s position as one of the wealthiest African nations.

The newest addition to Dartmouth Athletics — the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) was developed after Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens tasked engineers at Dartmouth’s Thayer School to develop a safer, more effective means to train for contact. Courtesy of big

Robotic Mobile Tackling Dummy Allows Players to Practice at Full Contact without Risk of Injury

August 31, 2015 4:02 pm | by Christopher Maynard, Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Player safety is always a top priority when playing any sport — especially those that are high-contact. More than half of all concussions in high school and college happen in practice. Luckily, researchers developed a mobile device that allows players to practice at full contact without high risk of injury. Mobile Virtual Player looks like a standard tackling dummy, but replicates the size, weight, agility and speed of another player.

Retreat in the Amundsen Sea Embayment in 2154 Courtesy of Cornford et al., The Cryosphere, 2015

Ice Sheet Model Reveals Most Comprehensive Projections for West Antarctica’s Future

August 31, 2015 2:42 pm | by Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences | News | Comments

A new international study is the first to use a high-resolution, large-scale computer model to estimate how much ice the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could lose over the next couple of centuries, and how much that could add to sea-level rise. The results paint a clearer picture of West Antarctica’s future than was previously possible. West Antarctica is one of the fastest warming regions on Earth.

SciDB harnesses parallel architectures for fast analysis of terabyte (TBs) arrays of scientific data. This collage illustrates some of the scientific areas that have benefited from NERSC's implementation of SciDB, including astronomy, biology and climate.

Accelerating Scientific Analysis with the SciDB Open Source Database System

August 31, 2015 2:26 pm | by Linda Vu, NERSC | News | Comments

Science is swimming in data. And, the already daunting task of managing and analyzing this information will only become more difficult as scientific instruments — especially those capable of delivering more than a petabyte of information per day — come online. Tackling these extreme data challenges will require a system easy enough for any scientist to use, that can effectively harness the power of ever-more-powerful supercomputers...

The deadline for the submission of new sites for the November release of the 46th TOP500 List is October 25, 2015, at 23:59 PST.

Call for Participation in the 46th TOP500 List

August 31, 2015 12:36 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

Started in 1993, The TOP500 project was developed to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled and released. The best performance on the Linpack benchmark is used as performance measure for ranking the computer systems. The list contains a variety of information, including system specifications...

Filamentary Cosmic Cloud -- Courtesy of ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/HOBYS Key Program consortium -- Click to enlarge

Filamentary Cosmic Cloud

August 31, 2015 11:50 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Fierce flashes of light ripple through delicate tendrils of gas in this new image, from ESA’s Herschel space observatory, which shows the dramatic heart of a large and dense cosmic cloud known as Mon R2. This cloud lies some 2,700 light-years away and is studded with hot, newly-formed stars. Packed into the bright center of this region are several hot ‘bubbles’ of ionized hydrogen, associated with newborn stars situated nearby.

Eleven teams of undergraduate students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC 2016 exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications. It all concludes wit

HPCAC-ISC 2016 Student Cluster Competition Call for Submissions Announced

August 31, 2015 10:07 am | by HPC Advisory Council | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and the ISC High Performance Conference, formerly known as the International Supercomputing Conference, announced the return of the widely successful HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition in next year’s ISC program of events. In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around the world ...

A highlight of the campaign is NASA Langley Research Center’s Radiation Dosimetry Experiment (RaD-X), scheduled to launch September 11. RaD-X will measure cosmic ray energy at two separate altitude regions in the stratosphere — above 110,000 feet and betw

NASA kicks off Scientific Ballooning Campaign in New Mexico

August 31, 2015 9:50 am | by Jeremy Eggers, NASA Wallops Flight Facility | News | Comments

Mars-bound microbes, student experiments and cosmic ray measuring equipment and are just some of the items getting a lift to near-space courtesy of NASA’s scientific ballooning program. Four NASA scientific balloon flights will carry multiple payloads containing science instruments and experiments to altitudes upward of 120,000 feet above 99.5 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere during NASA’s balloon campaign, which begins August 31, 2015.

Hurricane Arthur photographed by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. ESA/NASA

Six Amazing Sights that Look Even Better from the International Space Station

August 31, 2015 9:07 am | by Miho Janvier, University of Dundee | Articles | Comments

Imagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest. Astronauts on the International Space Station are among the lucky few who will have this humbling, once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the beauty of Earth from space. ISS doesn’t just offer spectacular and countless views of the natural and man-made landscapes of our planet...



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