Willis Ware, a RAND Corporation engineer who in the 1960s predicted the ubiquity of the personal computer, the ways it would propel people into lives of perpetual change, and the perils it would pose for personal privacy, has died. Ware helped build the Johnniac computer, a clone of the IAS machine that helped propel the use of computers forward.
With the help of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Telescope Compact Array, an international team of astronomers has identified the glowing wreck of a star that exploded a mere 2,500 years ago — the blink of an eye in astronomical terms.
The popular math contest Who Wants to Be a Mathematician underwent a makeover this year — the contest that was administered on pen-and-paper moved to a digital format. The number of students in the contest doubled in 2013, with over 2000 students from over 150 schools participating. Maplesoft’s testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A. was used to administer the tests online, saving significant time and money for the organizers.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the addition of Rodeo, the center's new cloud computing offering that will provide a variety of cloud services to its comprehensive set of advanced computing systems. The system is available for researchers that need large-scale resources, but prefer a virtualized, on-demand environment.
This image of the Transantarctic Mountains was taken from the NASA P-3 airborne laboratory on November 27, 2013, near the end of the 2013 IceBridge Antarctic campaign. NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system.
The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Young Scientist Awards Program will honor achievement by three students at SLAS2014, the Third Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, which will be held January 18 to 22, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus (phylogenetics) within each patient’s body.
The beta release of the TotalView 8.13 parallel debugger for parallel applications written in C, C++ and Fortran features a combination of capabilities for pinpointing and fixing hard-to-find bugs, such as race conditions, memory leaks and memory overruns.
Moab Task Manager a localized decision-making tool within Moab’s HPC Suite that is designed to increase the efficiency of short computing jobs by enabling high-speed throughput. C
Despite widespread fascination with sharks, the world’s oldest ocean predators have long been a genetic mystery. The first deep dive into a great white shark’s genetic code has fished up big surprises behind a design so effective it has barely changed since before dinosaurs roamed. Many of the endangered great white shark’s proteins involved in an array of different functions — including metabolism — match humans more closely ...
Three nanosatellites, known as Cubesats, are deployed from a Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) attached to the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm at 7:10 a.m. (EST) on November 19, 2013. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata monitored the satellite deployment while operating the Japanese robotic arm from inside Kibo.
On a recent cold afternoon in New York, a young couple with two small children in tow stepped off a busy sidewalk at Manhattan’s Columbus Circle into the quiet modernist home of the city’s Museum of Art and Design. Soon, Sofia Kanso-Robertson, 6, and her brother Iskander, 2, were slowly spinning on a low round platform inside a makeshift 3-D scanner made from a Kinect camera tied to a yellow rope....
A new algorithm designed at the University of Toronto has the power to profoundly change the way we find photos among the billions on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr. This month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will issue a patent on this technology. The search tool uses tag locations to quantify relationships between individuals, even those not tagged in any given photo.
Cray Inc. now offers a Big Data framework that gives customers the ability to more easily implement and run Apache Hadoop on their Cray XC30 supercomputers.