Opera 18 electromagnetic and multiphysics design software is a general-purpose finite element software suite for product analysis, design and optimization. Features include an analytic tool to help users quickly assess different winding configurations in rotating electrical machines. The graphical analysis setup tool brings drag-and-drop editing simplicity to complex evaluation sequences involving multiphysics simulation.
A new NASA challenge is looking for evidence to support a theory that electromagnetic pulses (EMP) may precede an earthquake, potentially offering a warning to those in the quake’s path. The “Quest for Quakes” two-week algorithm challenge seeks to develop new software codes or algorithms to search through data and identify electromagnetic pulses that may precede an earthquake.
It’s been 50 years since Gordon Moore, one of the founders of the microprocessor company Intel, gave us Moore’s Law. This says that the complexity of computer chips ought to double roughly every two years. Now the current CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich, is saying the days of Moore’s Law may be coming to an end as the time between new innovation appears to be widening.
Using archival data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the XMM-Newton and Chandra X-ray telescopes, a team of astronomers have discovered a gigantic black hole, which is probably destroying and devouring a massive star in its vicinity. With a mass of 100 million times more than our Sun, this is the largest black hole caught in this act so far.
Gravity data captured by satellite allowed researchers to take a closer look at the geology deep beneath the Tibetan Plateau. The analysis offers some of the clearest views ever obtained of rock moving up to 50 miles below the plateau, in the lowest layer of Earth’s crust. There, the Indian tectonic plate presses continually northward into the Eurasian tectonic plate, giving rise to the highest mountains on Earth and deadly earthquakes.
SLAM, simultaneous localization and mapping, is a technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations. Last week, MIT researchers presented a new paper demonstrating how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems, which will be a vital component of future robots that have to manipulate the objects around them in arbitrary ways.
It’s been a huge week for space exploration, and our top three stories reflect an inescapable enthusiasm for awesome extraterrestrial images, including spectacular satellite photos of beautiful, remote places on Earth; an animated flyover of Pluto’s icy mountains and plains; and an EPIC selfie of the entire sunlit side of Earth from a million miles out. Other top stories included two new books to mark the 100th anniversary of Einstein...
A novel way of making 3-D nanostructures from DNA imakes it possible to synthesize 3-D DNA origami structures that are able to tolerate low salt concentrations inside the body. The design process is highly automated, which enables the creation of synthetic DNA nanostructures of remarkable complexity. The user draws the desired structure, in the form of a polygon object, in 3-D software normally used for computer-aided design or animation.
The inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, from September 28 through September 30, 2015, will provide attendees access to what promise to be eight very interesting workshops. A broad selection of topics — ranging from state-of-the-art deep learning techniques for image recognition to how to quickly deploy an HPC cluster — will be presented.
As technology continues to play a significant role in developing medical devices, Dassault Systèmes has placed a special focus on cardiovascular treatment with its Living Heart Project initiative. Recently made commercially available after 18 months of development under the guidance of institutions across the academic and medical fields, the project produced the world’s first scientifically accurate, 3-D simulation model...
This 5X image of a serial number and hologram on a UK £10 bank note received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using confocal microscopy with reflectance.
The TOP500 project was started in 1993 to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled and released. The best performance on the Linpack benchmark is used as a performance measure for ranking the computer systems.
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey to finding another “Earth.” The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of a G2-type star, like our sun.
R&D Magazine announced the Finalists for the 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards, which honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s Winners will be presented with their honors at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 13, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. The Finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 70 judges.
This colorful image resembles an abstract watercolor, but it is in fact a color-coded topographic map of one of the most geologically diverse regions on Mars. The images featured in this release were taken by the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express on November 10, 2014, and focus on Tempe Fossae in the Ascuris Planum region of Mars. Situated at the northeastern edge of the Tharsis volcanic province...