Using a 156-step recipe for perfection, the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers earned the top spot in the 21st annual national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. This year's task was to assemble a hamburger…
Three University of Copenhagen nano-physicists have made a discovery that could change the way we store data on our computers. This discovery represents a step on the way to a new means of data-storage in which electricity and magnetism are combined in a new transistor concept
Most people see lightning strikes that go from clouds to the ground, but some lightning goes upward, forming blue jets and gigantic jets. Perhaps the most dangerous lightning appears as "bolts from the blue"
For a machine, a soccer match is a highly complex endeavor. Robots must be able to reliably recognize the ball, the sidelines and the goalposts in addition to distinguishing between their teammates and opponents
Second Life is more than an on-line game for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). It is a handy three-dimensional tool used for resolving real issues
Scientists hope that a new supercomputer being built by Syracuse University may help them identify the sound of a celestial black hole. The supercomputer, dubbed SUGAR, will soon receive massive amounts of data collected over a two-year period at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Sports scientists at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Aquatics Research and Education are developing new computer software that could enable swimmers to improve a key aspect of their technique by providing instant, in-depth feedback on their glide techniques
The return of the last of three Antarctic marine science research vessels marks the culmination of one of Australia's most ambitious International Polar Year projects, a census of life in the icy Southern Ocean
One of the fastest moving stars ever seen has been discovered with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This cosmic cannonball is challenging theories to explain its blistering speed
There are presently hundreds of papers published weekly in the area of genomics, in silico modeling and drug discovery. This month’s rant will briefly explore the current state of affairs, probe for weakness, especially non-informative “discovery,” and offer a bit of guidance
Shell projects dual-core assisted performance gains of up to 800 percent Robert Shiveley Royal Dutch Shell is one of the world’s most well-known brands. Oil and gas are at the heart of this energy company’s business, with petroleum operations in 38 countries. The Exploration and Production (E...
New field methods meet demands for real-time “through-the-sensor” data acquisition Frank W. Bentrem, Ph.D.; John T. Sample, Ph.D.; and Michael M. Harris The Naval Research Laboratory is the corporate laboratory for the United States Navy. This article relates current computational trends in naval technologies as well as the trends we anticipate over the next few years. We also present solutions for some of the current and coming challenges we...
OriginLab just took a right turn with their flagship product and bulked up the analytic capabilities while retaining the graphics and making the product easier to use. From previous reviews of Origin, the reader knows that this software was useful for graphics and limited statistics. Version 8 has an enhanced statistical repertoire, and OriginPro 8 has all of these features plus more analytic tools, 3-D fitting, image processing...
The one-two technology punch of solid-state memory and RAM can greatly increase usability Rob Farber Remember when you were a child and got your first bicycle suddenly the entire neighborhood became accessible. A similar thing happened when you got your first car, the entire town then became accessible. Well, for scientists and computer users, the same thing is happening because we are getting solid-state storage!
Better to be safe than sorry — especially when ‘sorry' means a lot of time, energy and money lost Gloria Metrick If you have not yet selected your laboratory information management system or laboratory informatics product nor begun to manage it, this is your chance to learn from some of the mistakes of others