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Swollen Stars Hint at Earth's Demise

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

For more than 400 years, astronomers both professional and amateur have taken a special interest in observing Mira stars, a class of variable red giants famous for pulsations that last for 80-1,000 days and cause their apparent brightness to vary by a factor of ten times or more during a cycle.

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Fred Whipple, World-Renowned Harvard and Smithsonian Astronomer, Dies

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Dr. Fred Lawrence Whipple, the oldest living American astronomer and one of the last giants of 20th century astronomy, passed away at the age of 97 following a prolonged illness. He was Phillips Professor of Astronomy Emeritus at Harvard University and a Senior Physicist at SAO

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NASA Mission Returns With a Piece of the Sun

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

NASA's Genesis spacecraft is set to swing by Earth and jettison a sample return capsule filled with particles of the Sun that may ultimately tell us more about the genesis of our solar system. "The Genesis mission — to capture a piece of the Sun and return it to Earth — is

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Software Bug Raises Spectre of 'JPEG of Death'

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Flawed software code used by numerous Microsoft applications to render images mean that a specially constructed image file could hijack a computer or spread a virus.

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MIT-NASA Team to Test First Interplanetary Laser Communication Link

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A NASA-MIT Lincoln Laboratory team will forge the first laser communication link between Mars and Earth. This unique experiment, part of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, will greatly benefit the transmission of data from robotic spacecraft

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Vulnerability of U.S. Power Grid Centers on Key Junctions

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Vulnerabilities inadvertently built into the U.S. power grid, which is one of the most complex systems ever constructed, have been identified by a research team lead by Reka Albert, assistant professor of physics at Penn State.

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Using Statistics to Decipher Secrets of Natural Mutation

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new mathematical approach for analyzing the complex, subtle patterns of natural mutation in DNA is likely to help biologists understand how mutation contributes to evolutionary change in mammals.The researchers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Philip Green and his student Dick Hwang, published a report describing the first applications of

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Riverbank Filtration Pulls Pollutants From Drinking Water

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Harmful contaminants often taint drinking water drawn directly from a river, but a low-cost natural filter may lie just beyond the banks. Johns Hopkins researchers have found that the soil alongside a river can remove dangerous microbes and organic material as water flows through it

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Probing the Surface of White Blood Cells to Enhance Immune System Medicine

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

White blood cells are principal players in immune system function. Yet efforts to influence their role in illness have been hampered by a lack of understanding of the surface structure of these mediator cells — until now

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Thermo Electron Acquires InnaPhase Corp.

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Thermo Electron Corporation has completed the acquisition of InnaPhase Corporation, a premier supplier of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets, for approximately $65 million in cash, subject to a post-closing adjustment. Headquartered in

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Scientists Tame 'Hip Hop' Atoms

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

In an effort to put more science into the largely trial and error building of nanostructures, physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated new methods for placing what are typically

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Lord of the Rings Computers Turned Into Supercomputer-for-Hire

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The New Zealand Supercomputing Centre, launched this week, has already attracted interest from potential clients in New York, says Telecom hosting and storage manager Eric Pilon.

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amira

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Tgs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

amira is a software application used in creating 3-D visualizations and geometric models of 3-D image data sets from various application areas.

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PV-WAVE

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Rogue Wave Software | Product Releases | Comments

PV-WAVE is an array-based programming language used to build and deploy visual data analysis applications. It has image and signal processing, data import and export, 3-D surface, plot, histogram, contour, animation, color editor and a database table display.

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Tecplot 10

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tecplot 10 is technical plotting software with extensive XY, 2- and 3-D capabilities for visualizing data from analyses, simulations and experiments. This release includes new capabilities in three key areas: plotting tools, data management, and the user interface.

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