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Bulging Bumper Could Speed Journey to Computerized Carriageways

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Investigations by engineers at The University of Manchester into an extendable car bumper could help speed along the arrival of computer-controlled motorways. A paper presented at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress and Exhibition recently offers a glimpse of how…

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Who Speaks for Science?

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | News | Comments

What role can scientists play in public decisions about the development and deployment of weapons systems? As the United States continues to commit its troops and technology around the world, this question is worrisome to the public and to concerned scientists alike…

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Distance Learning Moves off the Planet

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | News | Comments

There’s no excuse for being late to Paul Fishwick’s class, even though it’s held on an island, one that does not appear on the map of the landlocked University of Florida in Gainesville…

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The Battle for the Best Software Systems

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | News | Comments

The current state of the research on agent-oriented software engineering is very much a battle field. As enabling technologies such as Grid, Web Services, Semantic Web, and Peer-to-peer computing, etc., are rapidly becoming mature, the Internet and the Web have become a powerful computing platform…

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Bulldozed: Using the right tools for the job

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Don’t take a knife to a gunfight Randy C. Hice Using the right tools for the job is something that few companies do correctly. What are tools in the informatics industry? Software, consultative help, esoteric hardware, instrumentation, and so on.

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Instant Messaging for the Modern Road Warrior

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

The use of instant messaging is a phenomena that continues to grow. If you don’t believe me, just check with any high schooler! However, its popularity is not limited to just teens, many businesses are also adopting it, both for general internal business functions and customer service/technical support. The biggest drawback is the number of different messaging services and their general incompatibility.

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Understanding the Roles of ECM-SDMS and LIMS

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Robert Pavlis | Articles | Comments

Electronic integration can provide significant value Robert Pavlis This article will explore the roles that enterprise content management (ECM)/scientific data management systems (SDMS) and laboratory information management systems (LIMS) fulfill in the laboratory and how these systems can be leveraged so that they not only coexist, but also complement one another to provide maximum value to the laboratory

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Weka Machine Learning Workbench Review

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

I had originally intended this review to be subtitled "Data Mining on the Cheap" as this is freeware, but not wanting to bias attitudes against free software that is actually very powerful in its own right, and planning to do more freeware reviews, a more dignified title was mandated. In future, there will be a short column review on the WinBugs Bayesian analysis program and a longer review on the 'R' language.

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Operation: Furious Speed Bump

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Systematic impediments to laboratory integration Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Twenty years ago this month, I was a junior undergrad taking a course in laboratory instrumentation. As I recall, our project involved the development of a visible absorption spectrometer using a 12-volt auto lamp, some theater gels and a photodiode. We hooked it up to an analog-to-digital converter circuit that was ported into a 1-MHz Commodore64 personal computer running its...

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Quick & Easy Integration with Mathematica Link for Excel

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Mathematica Link for Excel 3 is a much-needed link between the two programs that serves the user well in both directions of export. For those of us who use Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, we appreciate the data manipulative characteristics and ease-of-use features, but cringe at the thought of doing anything but routine statistical and mathematical analysis in that software.

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64-Bit Operating Systems Enter the Mainstream

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Mike Neal | Articles | Comments

A look at the impact of Microsoft Windows Vista x64 on engineering and scientific applications Mike Neal Scientists and engineers increasingly use commercial off-the-shelf PC technology in both research and industry to bring new products to market faster and at lower costs. As a result, the introduction of new PC technologies often has unforeseen and potentially disruptive consequences. No new technology promises to cause more change than the...

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Securing the Future of e-Science

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by David Berg | Articles | Comments

Network access control holds the key David Berg The advent of Web 2.0 and the key principles characterizing Web 2.0 applications, such as the Web as a platform, data as the driving force, network effects created by an architecture of participation, and extensive use of folksonomies (in the form of tags, or annotations, as referred to within the scientific community), are driving the scientific community to embrace a scientific research...

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HPC Balance and Common Sense

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Maintain ratios that work and improve on those that don’t Rob Farber With the advent of new processors and technologies, the current state of flux in the HPC community is a boon for scientists. Ever more capable supercomputers are being procured, and the performance increases promised by multi-core processors, increasing memory bandwidths, new communications fabrics and exotic computer architectures can significantly reduce the time-to-solution...

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LabWare LIMS

January 31, 2007 7:00 pm | LabWare, Inc. | Articles | Comments

LabWare LIMS is a customer-configurable LIMS with a variety of optional modules that extend the application's functionality to address the needs of specific market segments

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Under the Hood: A look at the HP 50g graphing calculator

December 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

After the last calculator review, I had told myself no more; but it’s so much fun playing with these computational toys that my self-restraint flew out the window faster than a New Year’s resolution! After taking this calculator through its paces, however, I will at least examine the press releases to ensure a major upgrade next time. While a beauty to look at, and possessing truly powerful computational and graphics capabilities, ...

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