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SC15 announces that noted science communicator and award-winning actor Alan Alda will discuss the role of science in our society and the intersection of science and computing as he delivers the conference keynote address November 17, 2015 in Austin, TX.

Science Advocate and Emmy Award-Winning Actor Alan Alda to Open SC15

August 25, 2015 11:56 am | by SC15 | News | Comments

SC15 announces that noted science communicator and award-winning actor Alan Alda will discuss the role of science in our society and the intersection of science and computing as he delivers the conference keynote address November 17, 2015 in Austin, TX. SC15, the leading international conference for high performance computing, networking, analysis and storage, will be held November 15 to 20 in Austin.

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Last night Stephen Hawking dropped a hint that he'll reveal something big today. He'll be expanding on his latest ideas concerning black holes — and the possible passage of information into alternative universes — at the Hawking Radiation conference being

Hawking will explain New Black Hole Idea at Radiation Conference

August 25, 2015 10:19 am | by KTH Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Stephen Hawking dropped a hint that he'll reveal something big today. He'll be expanding on his latest ideas concerning black holes — and the possible passage of information into alternative universes — at the Hawking Radiation conference being held at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Hawking announced August 24, 2015, in Stockholm that he has "now discovered a mechanism by which information is returned out of the black hole."

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Research suggests that lava associated with lunar fire fountains contained significant amounts of carbon. As it rose from the lunar depths, that carbon combined with oxygen to make substantial amounts carbon CO gas. The CO was responsible for the fire fou

Solving the Ancient Lunar Fire Fountain Mystery

August 25, 2015 9:49 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Tiny beads of volcanic glass found on the lunar surface during the Apollo missions are a sign that fire fountain eruptions took place on the Moon’s surface. Now, scientists have identified the volatile gas that drove those eruptions. Fire fountains, a type of eruption that occurs frequently in Hawaii, require the presence of volatiles mixed in with the erupting lava.

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David Turek is Vice President, High Performance Computing at IBM Corporation.

Let’s Take on America’s Grand Computing Challenges

August 25, 2015 9:32 am | by David Turek, IBM | Blogs | Comments

For decades, IBM has been collaborating with the U.S. government in deploying high performance computers in national laboratories and government agencies that help the country retain its leadership in science and commerce, as well as safeguarding national security. That’s why we were so pleased when President Obama issued an executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative...

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The Gordon Bell Prize recognizes the extraordinary progress made each year in the innovative application of parallel computing to challenges in science, engineering and large-scale data analytics. Financial support is made possible by Gordon Bell, a pione

Five Outstanding Research Efforts Compete for Prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize in HPC

August 25, 2015 9:08 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

This year’s finalists have been selected for the ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing, supercomputing’s most prestigious competition. The prize recognizes “the extraordinary progress made each year in the innovative application of parallel computing to challenges in science, engineering and large-scale data analytics. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution ...

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Mark Hahnel is CEO at Figshare.

Will We Finally Get a Global, Query-able Scientific Cloud?

August 24, 2015 3:35 pm | by Mark Hahnel, Figshare | Blogs | Comments

Ever since ARPANET, the network that became the basis for the Internet and then the subsequent birth of the Web, a revolution in science has appeared to be imminent. While the number of academic papers disseminated by the Web continues to grow, it is safe to say that Web-based advances in science have not matched revolutions in other areas, such as music and mainstream publishing. That isn’t to say there haven’t been great steps forward.

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The dispute between Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein sheds considerable light on the power of nonscientific concerns to sway scientists

When Science gets Ugly: The story of Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein

August 24, 2015 3:10 pm | by Richard Gunderman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | Articles | Comments

Scientists are not always as scientific as many suppose. Recent well-publicized cases of scientific fraud prove that scientists can be as susceptible to the allures of wealth, power and fame as politicians, the group that enjoys the lowest public trust. Glaring recent cases have included falsified results in the development of an HIV vaccine and new techniques for producing stem cells.

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Obama's speech, at an annual energy conference hosted by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, was aimed at countering fossil fuel and utility interests that have been working at the state level and elsewhere to undercut clean energy policies with argument

Obama Pushes for More Clean Energy Choices

August 24, 2015 2:47 pm | by Nancy Benac, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pushing back against fossil fuel interests, President Barack Obama is pressing to give ordinary Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use. The president, in a speech at a clean energy conference in Las Vegas, planned to announce new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.

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For software programmers, security tools are analytic software that can scan or run their code to expose vulnerabilities long before the software goes to market. But these tools can have shortcomings, and programmers don’t always use them. New research fr

Pursuing Effective Security Tools for Software Developers

August 24, 2015 2:33 pm | by Matt Shipman, NC State University | News | Comments

For software programmers, security tools are analytic software that can scan or run their code to expose vulnerabilities long before the software goes to market. But these tools can have shortcomings, and programmers don’t always use them. New research from National Science Foundation-funded computer science researcher Emerson Murphy-Hill and his colleagues tackles three different aspects of the issue.

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World’s Fastest Moving Glacier Sheds Significant Iceberg

August 24, 2015 10:35 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Satellite images show the fastest moving glacier in the world shed a chunk of ice measuring around 12.5 square kilometers — one of the most significant calving events on record. Radar images captured Jakobshavn glacier in western Greenland before and after the event. The new face of the glacier has been pushed inland by several kilometers to what appears to be its furthest easterly location since monitoring began.

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Spheres from experiments have sizes like 1-euro and 10-russian rubles coins. Courtesy of Lomonosov Moscow State University

Developing Nanoscale Information Transfer via Dielectric Sphere

August 24, 2015 10:09 am | by Lomonosov Moscow State University | News | Comments

In several years — maybe in one or two decades, but maybe sooner or never — one of today’s problems will be solved in an original way: our computers, nanoantennas and other kinds of equipment will operate on the base of photons, rather than electrons. If it happens, the spheres studied by an international group of Russian, French and Spanish scientists will be able to become one of the elementary components of new photonic devices.

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Good Morning from the International Space Station -- Courtesy of NASA – Click to enlarge

Good Morning from the International Space Station

August 24, 2015 9:53 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly), currently on a year-long mission on the International Space Station, took this photograph of a sunrise and posted it to social media on August 10, 2015. Kelly wrote, "#GoodMorning to those in the western #USA. Looks like there's a lot going on down there. #YearInSpace"

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The technology collaboration with Intel will focus on adding increased capabilities for enterprise deployments.  Specifically the two companies will address: performance at scale, storage, network integration and support for big data.

Intel Leads $100 Million Investment into Mirantis and Cloud Infrastructure Market

August 24, 2015 8:58 am | by Mirantis | News | Comments

Mirantis announced a strategic technology and investment collaboration with Intel. The collaboration will focus on accelerating enterprise feature optimization in Mirantis’ OpenStack distribution and fueling enterprise OpenStack adoption. The technical collaboration and work with Intel is part of Intel’s recent announcement focused on creating tens of thousands of new clouds, the Cloud for All initiative.

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With a new operating model built on agile, scalable and repeatable processes, Dell states that it can now uniquely provide web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting companies, oil and gas, and research organizations with the technology they

Dell Unveils New Line of Business: Datacenter Scalable Solutions

August 24, 2015 6:20 am | by Dell | News | Comments

Dell has introduced Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS), a new line of business within Dell’s Enterprise Solutions organization designed to meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting companies, oil and gas, and research organizations. With a new operating model built on agile, scalable and repeatable processes, Dell states that it can now uniquely provide the technology they need.

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Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — August 14-20

August 21, 2015 2:31 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

Here they are — the top most-visited stories from the past week. The supercomputer is cool again; how to find bias in machine learning algorithms; a powerful new security tool detects malware uploading to cloud servers; an awesome satellite image of Las Vegas and Lake Mead; a small, modular, efficient fusion plant could bring about this long-sought power source within a decade; and an exclusive conversation with novelist Andy Weir ...

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