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History's Greatest Comet Hunter Approaches Major Milestone

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft is expected to discover its 1,000th comet this summer. The SOHO spacecraft is a joint effort between NASA and the European Space Agency. It has accounted for approximately one-half of all comet discoveries…

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Scientist Refines Cosmic Clock To Determine Age Of Milky Way

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The University of Chicago's Nicolas Dauphas has developed a new way to calculate the age of the Milky Way that is free of the unvalidated assumptions that have plagued previous methods. Dauphas' method, which he reports in the June 29 issue of the journal Nature, can now be used to tackle other mysteries of the cosmos that have remained unsolved for decades

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Study Shows How Granular Materials Get Themselves Out of a Jam

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Glass flows just like liquids do, but at such a super-sluggish pace that for all practical purposes it takes on the appearance of a solid at room temperature. Yet after years of experiments, scientists still have failed to determine if atoms arrange themselves differently in glass than in liquids…

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Energy Department Seeks Proposals to Use Scientific Computing Resources at Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge National Laboratories

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman announced that DOE’s Office of Science is seeking proposals to support computational science projects to enable high-impact advances through the use of some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers…

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UF, Nine Other Universities Complete Ultrahigh-speed Data Network

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Whether mapping genes, probing elemental particles or monitoring global warming, more and more scientists rely on massive data vaults located at universities and institutions around the world

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Fundamental Limitation to Quantum Computers

June 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Quantum computers that store information in so-called quantum bits (or qubits) will be confronted with a fundamental limitation. This is the claim made by Dutch theoretical physicists from the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and Leiden University in an article…

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Nanotechnology Transmits Information in Cell Phones and Computers at Record Speed

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

UC Irvine scientists at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering have demonstrated for the first time that carbon nanotubes can route electrical signals on a chip faster than traditional copper or aluminum wires, at speeds of up to 10 GHz…

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MIT Team Designs Tsunami-resistant Houses

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Using high-tech engineering principles, an MIT/Harvard team has developed a low-tech solution to the problem of how to build homes in tsunami-prone areas. The team recently produced an architectural model for a Sri Lankan house that essentially would allow a powerful ocean wave…

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Hubble Captures Outburst From Comet Targeted by Deep Impact

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

In a dress rehearsal for the rendezvous between NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft and comet 9P/Tempel 1, the Hubble Space Telescope captured dramatic images of a new jet of dust streaming from the icy comet.

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Software Advance Helps Computers Act Logically

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Computers just respond to commands, never “thinking” about the consequences. A new software language, however, promises to enable computers to reason much more precisely and thus better reflect subtleties intended by commands of human operators.

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NASA Plans Mission to Jupiter

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

NASA has announced that a mission to fly to Jupiter will proceed to a preliminary design phase. The mission is called Juno, and it is the second in NASA's New Frontiers Program. The mission will conduct an in-depth study of the giant planet

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Tech Watch: Curious about Your Vital Signs? Check Your Laptop

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The cameras and MP3 players are fun, but the next wave of add-ons for cell phones and laptops may help users keep track of their health. A University of Florida engineer has built a working prototype for a small, portable system that can monitor a person’s breathing and heart rate…

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Green Diesel: New Process Makes Liquid Transportation Fuel From Plants

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering researchers have discovered a new way to make a diesel-like liquid fuel from carbohydrates commonly found in plants. Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate students detail a four-phase catalytic reactor in which corn and other biomass-derived carbohydrates…

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Nanotube Water Doesn't Freeze & #151 Even at Hundreds of Degrees Below Zero

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new form of water has been discovered by physicists in Argonne's Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS) Division. Called nanotube water, these molecules contain two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom but do not turn into ice — even at temperatures near absolute zero…

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SuperComputing 2005

May 31, 2005 8:00 pm | Scientific Computing | Product Releases | Comments

SC|05, the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, will convene in November 2005 in Seattle.

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