This 40x image of wandering jew leaf stomata — pores found in the epidermis that control gas exchange — received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using brightfield, epi illumination and image stacking.
For someone suffering from paralysis or limited mobility, visiting with other people is extremely difficult. Researchers have been working on a revolutionary brain-machine approach to restore a sense of independence to the disabled. The idea is to remotely control a robot from home with one's thoughts. The research, involving numerous subjects located in different countries, produced excellent results in both human and technical terms.
This photo, suggestive of an old-fashioned lift cage, shows a much smaller enclosure: an electrode housing box that will fly on ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission. The inside measures 5.5 centimeters on each side. The mission is a technology demonstrator that will pave the way for future space-based observatories measuring gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
DELTAGEN 13 is designed to deliver a highly-realistic display of 3-D visualizations with real-time interaction. The high-performance software works with data from all professional CAD systems and features the 3DEXCITE STELLAR render engine, which intuitively navigates users toward achieving the most stunning visual results.
PBS Professional is a workload manager and job scheduler for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters and supercomputers. It has been architected to meet the needs of companies looking to prepare for the move to exascale.
The PowerEdge C6320 server is purpose-built for high-performance computing and hyper-converged solutions and appliances. It is designed to offer four independent server nodes in a 2U chassis. Compared to the previous generation, it provides up to two times the performance improvement on the LinPack spec.
IBM and Bon Appétit have introduced a one-of-a-kind Chef Watson cognitive computing cooking app that is open to anyone interested in expanding his or her imagination in the kitchen. Created through a collaboration with Bon Appétit, the app inspires home cooks everywhere to discover unexpected flavor combinations to address everyday mealtime challenges in creative ways and bring new ideas to the kitchen.
Broad Institute is teaming up with Google Genomics to explore how to break down major technical barriers that increasingly hinder biomedical research by addressing the need for computing infrastructure to store and process enormous datasets, and by creating tools to analyze such data. As a first step, Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit, GATK, will be offered as a service on the Google Cloud Platform, as part of Google Genomics.
As June 28, 2015, approaches, the Internet is once again anticipating controversy as the mathematical constant pi comes under threat from a group of detractors who will be marking "Tau Day." Tau Day’s revelers are campaigning for a constant twice as large as pi (about 6.28) to take its place, hence the June 28 celebration. Tau proponents say that, for many mathematical problems, tau makes more sense and makes calculations easier.
The 6th Annual Conference & Expo will take place from November 3 to 4, 2015, in San Diego, CA. It is sponsored by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, a national initiative to address cybersecurity education and workforce development.
As the Atlantic hurricane season gets underway, communities in severe weather-prone regions are anxiously tracking pending storms and working to create effective disaster response plans. IBM, through an alliance with The Weather Company, has announced a new emergency management solution featuring sophisticated analytics and use of real-time weather data to help communities predict and plan for natural disasters far more accurately.
Landsat-8 captured this image of the San Francisco Bay Area in California on March 5, 2015. The city of San Francisco is on a peninsula in the center left of the image. In the upper-central portion, we can see the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers with brown, sediment-filled water flowing down into the larger bay. Starting in the top-left corner of the image and running diagonally to the south is the San Andreas Fault.
After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere — all the way from the ionosphere through to the outer reaches of our protective magnetic shield. Swarm is tasked with measuring and untangling the different magnetic signals that stem from Earth’s core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere.
The idea of cloaking and rendering something invisible hit the small screen in 1966 when a Romulan Bird of Prey made an unseen, surprise attack on the Starship Enterprise. Not only did it make for a good storyline, it inspired budding scientists, offering a window of technology's potential. Today, pop culture has embraced the idea of hiding behind force fields, and mathematicians are looking at transforming science fiction into science.
Some models of planetary evolution suggest that Venus was resurfaced in a cataclysmic flood of lava around half a billion years ago. But whether Venus is active today has remained a hot topic in planetary science. ESA’s Venus Express, which completed its eight-year study of the planet last year, conducted a range of observations at different wavelengths to address this important question.