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LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

February 11, 2016 | by LIGO Caltech | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. The detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes.

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Can a robot really feel and express emotions such as love? Courtesy of Charles Taylor

My Robot Valentine: Could You Fall in Love with a Robot?

February 11, 2016 1:48 pm | by Kate Letheren, Queensland University of Technology and Jonathan Roberts, Queensland University of Technology | Articles | Comments

Imagine it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re sitting in a restaurant across the table from your significant other, about to start a romantic dinner. As you gaze into each other’s eyes, you wonder how it can possibly be true that as well as not eating, your sweetheart does not – cannot – love you. Impossible, you think, as you squeeze its synthetic hand. Could this be the future of Valentine’s Day for some?

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Irina Tezaur and Ray Tuminaro analyze a model of Antarctica. They are part of a Sandia National Laboratories team working to improve the reliability and efficiency of computational models that describe ice sheet behavior and dynamics. Courtesy of Dino Vou

Ice Sheet Modeling of Greenland, Antarctica helps Predict Sea-level Rise

February 11, 2016 12:29 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will make a dominant contribution to 21st century sea-level rise if current climate trends continue. However, predicting the expected loss of ice sheet mass is difficult due to the complexity of modeling ice sheet behavior. To better understand this loss, researchers have been improving the reliability and efficiency of computational models that describe ice sheet behavior and dynamics.

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Unearthly Beauty of the Red Rectangle -- Courtesy of ESA/Hubble and NASA – Click to enlarge

Unearthly Beauty of the Red Rectangle

February 11, 2016 11:23 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Straight lines do not often crop up in space. Whenever they do, they seem somehow incongruous and draw our attention. The Red Rectangle is one such mystery object. It first caught astronomers’ attention in 1973. The star HD 44179 had been known since 1915 to be double, but it was only when a rocket flight carrying an infrared detector was turned its way that the red rectangle revealed itself.

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By using powerful Ohio Supercomputer Center systems to run sophisticated computations that model the light-responsiveness of chromophores, Olivucci’s research group has shown it is possible to identify, “a distinctive electronic character of the 11-cis ch

Explaining the Molecular Machinery of Sight: The Faster You Go, The Faster You Get to the Photoproduct

February 10, 2016 3:55 pm | by Ohio Supercomputer Center | News | Comments

Every significant breakthrough — from a baby’s curiosity to a scientist etching his or her name in the history books — begins with one question, one syllable, one word: Why? One of the more concentrated “whys” biologists often seek to answer relates to why our eyes select specific molecules in their formation, as opposed to other more stable ones. The key to understanding this lies in rhodopsins, or retinal proteins.

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The Watson 2016 Foundation believes that “Watson will be able to analyze trends in employment, markets, interest rates, education, poverty, crime, taxes, and policy to assess what actions are most suitable to accelerate investment in the nation’s future.”

Watson for President?

February 10, 2016 3:01 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

Would the U.S. be better off with an algorithmically controlled Commander-in-Chief? The Watson 2016 Foundation is proposing that the cognitive computer (famous for winning Jeopardy) run for president. They explain: “It is our belief that Watson’s unique capabilities to assess information and make informed and transparent decisions define it as an ideal candidate for the job responsibilities required by the president.”

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Jeff Eldredge, a professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has been working with the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education on developing a computational model of a human airway to help surgeons decide how best

Computational Tools could change Sleep Apnea Treatment

February 10, 2016 2:14 pm | by Nico Viele, UCLA | News | Comments

Imagine that, before performing surgery, doctors could consult software that would determine the actual effectiveness of the procedure before even lifting a scalpel. With the use of a computational model of the human airway being developed by Jeff Eldredge, people who suffer from sleep apnea may one day benefit from such a scenario. Eldredge developed a tool that simulates air-tissue interactions in the upper airway of patients.

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An image taken from an animation of wave propagation during a magnitude-7.8 earthquake rupturing the San Andreas Fault from northeast to southwest. Red-blue colors reflect the intensity of shaking; green colors indicate areas of permanent ground deformati

SDSC and Intel Open Second Parallel Computing Center to focus on Earthquake Simulations

February 10, 2016 11:56 am | by San Diego Supercomputer Center | News | Comments

Intel has opened a second parallel computing center at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The focus of this new engagement is on earthquake research, including detailed computer simulations of major seismic activity that can be used to better inform and assist disaster recovery and relief efforts. The PCC program provides funding to universities, institutions and research labs for modernizing key community computer codes.

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Almost half of the total HPC market revenue is contributed by servers and the trend is expected to continue during the entire forecast period. The significant rise in the usage of servers is driven by the growth of increasing complex applications, requiri

Report: High Performance Computing Market worth 36.62 Billion USD by 2020

February 10, 2016 11:10 am | by MarketsandMarkets | News | Comments

According to a new market research report, the HPC market is estimated to grow from USD 28.08 billion in 2015 and projected to be of USD 36.62 billion by 2020, at a high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.45% during the forecast period. The scope of the report covers detailed information regarding the major factors influencing the growth of the HPC market, such as drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges. 

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The OpenPOWER Summit features speakers and demonstrations from the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including industry leaders and academia sharing their technical solutions and state of the art advancements.

OpenPOWER Summit Announces Speaker Lineup

February 10, 2016 10:53 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced the lineup of speakers for the OpenPOWER Summit 2016, taking place April 5 to 8, 2016, at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference. The Summit will bring together dozens of technology leaders from the OpenPOWER Foundation to showcase the latest advancements in the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including collaborative hardware, software and application developments — all designed to revolutionize the data center.

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View Over an Alien World – Courtesy of ESA/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona – Click to enlarge

View Over an Alien World

February 10, 2016 9:17 am | by ESA | News | Comments

At first glance, this scene may look like a reptilian eye or a textured splash of orange paint, but it is actually a fish-eye view of Saturn’s moon Titan. It was acquired at a height of about five kilometers as ESA’s Huygens probe, part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission, descended through Titan’s atmosphere before landing.

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Connections between the 7563 main Star Wars characters. Courtesy of K.Benzi LTS2/PFL

Mathematics Reveal the Unseen Worlds of Star Wars

February 10, 2016 9:01 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Do you think you know all there is to know about Star Wars? You may change your mind after reading this article. Using a new computer program, researchers revealed some interesting statistics on the famous saga. Drawing on the principles of graph theory, which harnesses computing power and mathematical calculations, they analyzed hundreds of web pages devoted to the legendary film series.

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Is your business ready for the next wave?

6 Disruptive Technologies that will Shape Business in the Years Ahead

February 9, 2016 1:28 pm | by Charmaine Glavas and Kate Letheren, Queensland University of Technology | Articles | Comments

Regardless of your industry, the marketplace is continually evolving. The reason, increasingly, is the evolution of disruptive technology. The enhancement of current technology and the development of new technological innovations will undeniably transform how new businesses are established, and how existing businesses compete. Adapting quickly will be essential, so here’s the top six we think you should be prepared for.

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Researchers are providing tools and software that, without any expertise, allow you to create and animate a 3-D version of yourself in four minutes.

Future of Gaming: Create your own Character in just Four Minutes

February 9, 2016 12:24 pm | by Andrew Good, University of Southern California | News | Comments

Want to see the future of gaming? Look in the mirror. Video games are increasingly allowing players to custom design their own characters. Until now, players relied on predesigned faces and body types provided by a game’s creators. But a new set of free tools allows players to upload their own face and body into a game. It takes just four minutes to scan and upload a digital avatar, and the kit supports a range of game engines.

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ORNL researchers (from left) Seung-Hwan Lim, Larry Roberts, Sreenivas Rangan Sukumar and Matt Lee developed a new smart data tool for medical research called ORiGAMI that has the potential to accelerate medical research and discovery.

Cure for Medical Research’s Big Data Headache: Smart Data Tool Accelerates Literature-based Discovery

February 9, 2016 11:09 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

As medical research has become more specialized, understanding of the human body has increased, resulting in enhanced treatments, new drugs and better health outcomes. A side effect of this information explosion, however, is the fragmentation of knowledge. With thousands of new articles being published every day, developments that could inform and add context to medicine’s global body of knowledge often go unnoticed.

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London Nightlife – Courtesy of ESA/NASA – Click to enlarge

London Nightlife

February 9, 2016 10:27 am | by ESA | News | Comments

ESA astronaut Tim Peake took this image of London, UK, from the International Space Station 400 kilometers above Earth. At the time, it was midnight in the capital city and, because the Space Station runs on Greenwich Mean Time, it was also the same time for Tim Peake. Tim took this photo from the Space Station’s European-built Cupola observatory. Such a clear image is rare.

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