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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Approaches to data source integration Susie Stephens The key to accelerating drug discovery is the empowerment of scientists with the necessary information to make well-informed decisions.
Leading edge technology to watch Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Our new undergraduate degree curriculum, the Integrated Science, Business and Technology (ISBT) Program, recently produced its first alumnae.
I'm actually going to shift gears slightly by reviewing the variety and state-of-the-art in statistical software and requesting reader feedback before locking onto my usual discourse on mathematics in biology. We have come a long way in the development of statistical software, from the days of DOS-based packages written by the graduate student or professor and later turned into something commercial
The end results will be well worth the frustration John R. Joyce, Ph.D. If you listen to vendors of wireless networking equipment, setting up a wireless home network is the easiest thing in the world. It requires no expertise, all you have to do is plug in the appropriate interface cards and away you go!
Infomercial disguised as information Randy C. Hice A few years ago, the talented, but dangerously insane, Dr. Mark Schure invited me to speak on an international Webcast for his company. Schure is one of the "Last of the True Characters" as I like to call the more colorful people I've met in my career
The Orion Cluster Workstation is designed to have supercomputer performance for the individual user
The X64-AN Quad is an image acquisition board that interfaces with up to four independent analog cameras, providing a solution for high-speed multiple-view
The LSM 5 LIVE laser scanning microscope captures up to 120 confocal images per second at a resolution of 512 X 512 pixels, and attains 505 or 1,010 frames per second