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A Cosmic Explosion in Earth’s Backyard

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Forget "Independence Day" or "War of the Worlds." A monstrous cosmic explosion last December showed that the earth is in more danger from real-life space threats than from hypothetical alien invasions …

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Computer Cracks Go Game

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Dutch researcher Erik van der Werf has achieved a world first with a computer program that can solve the Go game for a playing board of 5x5 rows…

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One Step Closer to Building a Quantum Computer

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Arguing that defects formed during creation of the quantum dots operate as a barrier to scientific experimentation, physicists at Ohio University think they've found the problem and are proposing a blueprint for building a better quantum dot …

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Man and Mouse Share Genome Structure

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

In the most detailed large-scale study to date of the proteins that package DNA, researchers have mapped a family of switches that turn genes on and off …

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Clusters of Aluminum Atoms Reveal a New Form of Chemistry

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A research team has discovered clusters of aluminum atoms that have chemical properties similar to single atoms of metallic and nonmetallic elements when they react with iodine …

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Crick Papers Added to NLM Profiles in Science Site

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. National Library of Medicine is presenting an extensive selection from the papers of Francis Crick, on its Profiles in Science Web site…

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Why Do You Overcommit?

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | News | Comments

If your appointment book runneth over, it could mean one of two things: either you are enviably popular, or you make the same faulty assumptions about the future as everyone else …

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Wiki Wiki

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

The ability to allow many people to contribute to its content makes it a valuable tool where a repository of information is required John R. Joyce, Ph.D. Wiki wiki means quick or super-fast in Hawaiian. It is also the name given to a hypertext document collection or Web site that allows content to be added and/or edited by anybody

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Shockwave

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

When news travels too fast Randy C. Hice Sometimes my research for a Scientific Computing & Instrumentation column starts in one direction, then something occurs that spins it into another direction. In some cases, the catalyst is a historic event …

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“Taking Off” with Linux Clusters

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

A new computing architecture allows Orbital Sciences to complete jobs 30 times faster Eric Pitcher Since its beginning in 1982, Orbital Sciences has become a pioneer in developing small rockets and satellite systems for such diverse purposes as intercepting hostile missiles launched against the U.S. or launching satellites for better cellular phone reception

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Managing the Flood of Proteomic Data

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

PRISM performs data management and automated analysis for high-throughput proteomics research Gordon A. Anderson Conducting proteomics research at any significant level of throughput using mass spectrometry requires automated information management, as the volume of data is too large and the processing rates required are too rapid to be managed manually

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Turning up the Heat

January 31, 2005 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Melanophila acuminate and biomimetic sensors Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The Holroyd Science Center here at La Salle was designed in the 1950s according to the adage "Form Follows Function." The venerable structure has educated generations of successful scientists

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Designing Image Processing Software for Those without a Computer Science Degree

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

A look at visual programming Nicole Reineke If the pre-built applications on the market don't meet your specific image processing and analysis requirements, or if your end-users keep asking you to 'tweak' your existing application because their requirements have changed, you may be helped by a form of visual programming.

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Thinking about Thinking

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

A new model for algorithmic intelligence Bill Weaver Jeff Hawkins does a lot of thinking. Over the past 25 years, his thinking has lead to the creation of the Palm Computing and Handspring corporations, major developments in mobile computing technology, and the Graffiti handwriting recognition system. In his recent book, "On Intelligence", with co-writer Sandra Blakeslee, Mr. Hawkins also reveals he does a lot of thinking about brains

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Seeing the Bigger Picture

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Stitching and tiling microscopic images Will Casavan and Kevin Ryan Digital image processing allows us to see immense amounts of detail within an image. Intensity, spatial and morphometric details are easily captured and evaluated nowadays thanks to easily affordable, highly sensitive and very precise imaging systems.

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