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Cluster Toolkit 3.1

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | Intel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cluster Toolkit 3.1 is designed for clusters running either Linux or Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server by bundling Trace Analyzer and Collector, Math Kernel Library (MKL), MPI Library, and MPI Benchmarks into a single package

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Insight Control Environment for Linux

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | Hewlett-Packard | Product Releases | Comments

Insight Control Environment for Linux (ICE-Linux) provides comprehensive imaging and deployment, monitoring and management for Linux-based server platforms

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Gamer Could Earn Nobel Prize

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Computer gamers have devoted countless years of collective brainpower to rescuing princesses or protecting the planet against alien invasions. Now, a new game called Foldit, is turning protein folding into a competitive sport. Introductory levels teach the rules, which are the same laws of physics by which protein strands curl and twist into 3-D shapes — key for biological mysteries ranging from Alzheimer's to vaccines

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Ancient Komodo Dragon Has Space-age Skull

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

An international study has revealed how the Komodo dragon can be such an efficient killing machine despite having a wimpy bite and a featherweight skull. A member of the goanna family, with ancestors dating back more than 100 million years, the dragon (Varanus komodoensis) uses a combination of 60 razor-sharp serrated teeth, powerful neck muscles and what researchers are calling a "space-frame" skull to butcher prey with awesome efficiency

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Mapping the Math in Music

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The connection between music and mathematics has fascinated scholars for centuries. More than 2000 years ago, Pythagoras reportedly discovered that pleasing musical intervals could be described using simple ratios. And the so-called musica universalis or "music of the spheres" emerged in the Middle Ages. Now, three music professors have devised a new way of analyzing and categorizing music that takes advantage of the deep, complex mathematics they...

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Humanoid Robot Conducts Yo-Yo Ma

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The ASIMO humanoid robot conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as it performed "Impossible Dream" to open a special concert performance with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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Science as Art Competition

April 30, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Occasionally, scientific images transcend their role as a medium for transmitting information and contain the aesthetic qualities that transform them into objects of beauty and art. A special feature of this year’s Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, the Science as Art competition featured entries from researchers around the world. This year’s winners can now be viewed

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Simplifying File Transfers

April 9, 2008 8:16 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Transferring files between computers can frequently be a challenge. I've addressed this several times in the past with explorations of FTP servers, drive mapping, Web drives and other approaches. However, while some of these discussions are applicable to a variety of systems, most have been directed at file transfers in relation to computers running Microsoft Windows. 

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Killer Tornado Images May Lead to Better Warnings

March 31, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

An unexpected radar image of air-borne debris from a tornado that killed four people in Alabama may help to develop better warning tools. Scientists at the University of Alabama are studying the data to see if the debris signature is distinctive enough for computers to recognize it

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Stunning Images of the Red Planet's Biggest Moon

March 31, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new stereo view of Phobos, the larger and inner of Mars' two tiny moons, has been captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took two images 10 minutes apart and combined them

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Ultimate Burger Machine Claims Rube Goldberg Prize

March 31, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

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…

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Reving Up Data Storage

March 31, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

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

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Weird Blue Lightning Explained

March 31, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

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"

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Robocup Soccer Gives Glimpse of the Future

March 31, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

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

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Second Life is Handy 3-D Tool for Resolving Real Issues

March 31, 2008 8:00 pm | News | Comments

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

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