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Water Flows Like Molasses on the Nanoscale

March 31, 2007 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A Georgia Tech research team has discovered that water exhibits very different properties when it is confined to channels less than two nanometers wide — behaving much like a viscous fluid with a viscosity approaching that of molasses. Determining the properties of water on the nanoscale may prove important for biological and pharmaceutical research…

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Superman Beware, Kryptonite is Real

March 31, 2007 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new mineral matching kryptonite's unique chemistry, as described in the film Superman Returns, has been identified by scientists at the Natural History Museum and Canada's National Research Council. The large green crystals of kryptonite have a devastating affect on the superhero. However, unlike its famous counterpart…

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Down with Physics

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Scientists of the US CMS collaboration joined colleagues around the world in announcing that the heaviest piece of the Compact Muon Solenoid particle detector has madethe momentous journey into its experimental cavern…

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THEMIS Weighs in on the Northern Lights

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Instruments known as solid-state telescopes (SSTs), built with detectors fabricated at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and carried aboard the recently launched THEMIS mission, have delivered their first data on how charged particles in the solar wind interact with Earth's magnetic field…

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Hydrogen-powered Vehicles in the Nanoscale

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have developed an advanced concept in nanoscale catalyst engineering — a combination of experiments and simulations that will bring polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells…

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WinBUGS: An Unusual but Useful Creature

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

This month’s column is devoted to another very useful bit of freeware. WinBUGS is a Bayesian analysis program for Windows. It comes to us from the Imperial College and Medical Research Council of the UK. For those of you unaware of the centuries-old feud between certain elements of the statistical community, let’s just say that the mainstream community and those previously in a small minority disagreed 

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Shifting the Focus to Science

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Bill Blake | Articles | Comments

New programming model allows researchers to utilize multi-core systems without manual re-writes Bill Blake Admiral Grace Hopper, a computer scientist and U.S. Navy officer who developed the first compiler and the COBOL programming language, once noted decades ago: “In pioneer days they used oxen for heavy pulling, and when one ox couldn’t budge a log, they didn’t try to grow a larger ox. We shouldn’t be trying for bigger computers, but for more...

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A Scanner Darkly

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Acquiring a signature from dark matter Bill Weaver, Ph.D. “If a tree falls in the middle of the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” That’s one of those crowd pleasers that usually arrive after the third or fourth round of adult beverages. An even more interesting question, best debated sober, is, “If you hear a tree fall and there are no trees around, what made the sound?” Of course the correct answer is: “An invisible...

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R & D Funding Levels Affected by External Events

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Jules Duga, Martin Grueber and Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

Growth continues, but overall values dampened by government funding issues and outsourcing Jules Duga, Martin Grueber and Tim Studt The Battelle/R...

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Improved Detection with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by J. Daniel Janzen | Articles | Comments

Harnessing graphics processing power yields major cancer screening advance, next-generation programming architecture J. Daniel Janzen A longtime leader in breast cancer detection and diagnosis, the Breast Imaging Division in the Department of Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been instrumental in helping bring new screening approaches to the field. MGH’s technological innovation and clinical research have enabled doctors...

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The Victorian-era Child of the 21 st Century

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

As data management challenges continue to grow, organizations are working to develop new solutions Rob Farber Do you remember when a gigabyte disk drive was "a lot" of storage in that by-gone age of the 20 th century? Still in our first decade of the 21 st century, major supercomputer sites now speak of storage in terms of petabytes, 10 15 bytes, or six orders of magnitude increase in capacity over a gigabyte! Unlike our archaic "big" disk...

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Technology Quagmire

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

LIMS Watch report cuts to the chase Randy C. Hice Technology not only outpaces our ability to understand it, but the diversity of technology creates new silos of ignorance that slant the learning curve ever upward. Since my bandwidth to study trade magazines on every facet of technology is limited, I am a voracious consumer of professional reviews, ratings, opinion polls and independent testing organization briefs. This approach was most useful as I...

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SYSTAT 11

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SYSTAT 11 is an integrated desktop software package that provides researchers with statistical, analytical and graphical capabilities, which help translate raw data into meaningful results.

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Numerical Libraries for .NET 2.0

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Extreme Optimization Numerical Libraries for .NET 2.0 offer a platform for technical and statistical computing built on and for the Microsoft .NET platform version 2.0. It combines a math library, a vector and matrix library and a statistics library in one package.

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MathFlow 1.7

February 28, 2007 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MathFlow 1.7 is a suite of enterprise publishing for math editing, rendering and conversion tools for working with mathematical notation in XML workflows. Version 1.7 adds compatibility with Arbortext 5.3 and XMetaL 5.

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