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Astrophysicist Phil Marshall (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford)

Write Like a Genius: New Font Released on Centennial of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

May 7, 2015 2:50 pm | by Harald Geisler | News | Comments

Is thinking related to movement, such as the movement of your hand as you write? An unusual collaboration plays tongue-and-cheek with this possibility by creating a font based on the handwriting of one of science’s ultimate thinkers, Albert Einstein.

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The system is similar to one that Williams developed for NASA following the loss of the Mars Observer

Cognitive Control: Robots Plan Underwater Missions Autonomously

May 7, 2015 12:18 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

When developing the autonomous mission-planning system, Williams’ group took inspiration from the Star Trek franchise and the top-down command center of the fictional starship Enterprise, after which he modeled and named the system. Just as a hierarchical crew runs the fictional starship, the Enterprise system incorporates levels of decision-makers and similar to one that Williams developed for NASA following the loss of Mars Observer.

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Technology-related announcements included:      Development of a brand new x86 processor core codenamed “Zen,” expected to drive AMD’s re-entry into high-performance desktop and server markets through improved instructions per clock of up to 40 percent, c

AMD Announces “Zen” x86 Processor Core

May 7, 2015 12:11 pm | by AMD | News | Comments

AMD provided details the company’s multi-year strategy to drive profitable growth based on delivering next-generation technologies powering a broad set of high-performance, differentiated products. Technology-related announcements included development of a brand new x86 processor core codenamed “Zen,” that will feature simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) for higher throughput and a new cache subsystem.

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Trajectory of Alan Shepard's Historic Flight -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

Trajectory of Alan Shepard's Historic Flight

May 7, 2015 10:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Fifty-four years ago on May 5, 1961 only 23 days after Yuri Gagarin of the then-Soviet Union became the first person in space, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard launched at 9:34 a.m. EDT aboard his Freedom 7 capsule powered by a Redstone booster to become the first American in space. His historic flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds.

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A peek inside the Oculus Rift

First Look at the Rift, Shipping Q1 2016

May 7, 2015 9:16 am | by Oculus VR | Blogs | Comments

Since the earliest days of the Oculus Kickstarter, the Rift has been shaped by gamers, backers, developers, and enthusiasts around the world. Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year.

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Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) in Catlonia, Spain

Designing and Managing the LIMS at Barcelona Biomedical Research Park's Animal Facility

May 7, 2015 8:18 am | by Helen Kelly | Articles | Comments

Today's LIMS allow research institutions to monitor and manage a broad array of biomedical research processes end-to-end and remotely. But how do they accommodate the ongoing flood of discoveries in areas such as genetics, the -omics, regenerative medicine and behavior, ongoing adjustments to workflows and protocols, tens of thousands of animals, and the evolution of legislative, welfare quality, and ethics directives?

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A main goal of the Young Mind Awards program is to stimulate interest in engineering at an earlier age, and bring a greater awareness that a career in this field can be rewarding while solving real-world problems.

2015 Young Mind Awards Program Accepting Entries through May 31

May 7, 2015 8:15 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The Young Mind Awards, a global student competition that showcases design engineering and R&D excellence, is now accepting entries in five award categories. Designed to “challenge and inspire promising future engineers,” the program is open to middle and high school students, as well as undergraduates.

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10-Engine Electric Plane Prototype Takes Off -- Courtesy of NASA Langley/David C. Bowman – click to enlarge

10-Engine Electric Plane Prototype Takes Off

May 6, 2015 12:38 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. This photograph captures the GL-10 prototype taking off in hover mode like a helicopter.

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The new program builds on IBM Research advancements in analytics and existing Watson collaborations to develop a genome data analysis solution for clinicians. Partners involved in the program will use Watson Genomic Analytics, a new solution specifically

14 Leading Cancer Institutes Collaborate to Advance Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients

May 6, 2015 12:33 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM Watson is collaborating with more than a dozen leading cancer institutes to accelerate the ability of clinicians to identify and personalize treatment options for their patients. The institutes will apply Watson's advanced cognitive capabilities to reduce from weeks to minutes the ability to translate DNA insights, understand a person's genetic profile and gather relevant information from medical literature to personalize treatment.

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Scientists have programmed DNA to calculate multiple GPS routes at the same time. Courtesy of the American Chemical Society

Next Step in DNA Computing: GPS Mapping?

May 6, 2015 12:23 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Conventional silicon-based computing, which has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent decades, is pushing against its practical limits. DNA computing could help take the digital era to the next level. Scientists are now reporting progress toward that goal with the development of a novel DNA-based GPS.

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This four-second time-lapse photo of a Los Angeles freeway illustrates the complexities of decision-making, as one driver appears to have made a late change of mind while most drivers decided in advance whether to stay on the main road or take an exit ram

Mind Reading: Algorithm Enables Moment-by-moment Analysis of Brain Activity

May 6, 2015 12:01 pm | by Janet Rae-Dupree and Tom Abate, Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers studying how the brain makes decisions have, for the first time, recorded the moment-by-moment fluctuations in brain signals that occur when a monkey making free choices has a change of mind. The findings result from experiments led by electrical engineering Professor Krishna Shenoy, whose Stanford lab focuses on movement control and neural prostheses — such as artificial arms — controlled by the user's brain.

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“An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?”

The Martian: From Self-Published Blog to Major Motion Picture

May 6, 2015 9:38 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

The Martian is Weir’s first novel. He started the book in 2009, researching it to be as realistic as possible based on existing technology, and posting it to his blog chapter by chapter. The story unfolded over the course of several years, but Weir has stated that he knows the exact date of each day in The Martian.

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Michael Morris is General Manager at Appirio.

How Crowdsourcing can Solve Even Interstellar Problems

May 5, 2015 2:16 pm | by Michael Morris, Appirio | Blogs | Comments

Protecting the world from destruction by asteroids sounds like superhuman power, but NASA scientists work tirelessly to ensure that humans today are protected from this potential harm. Asteroids need to be hunted in order to identify which ones may endanger Earth, and analyzing the big data puzzle of asteroid detection has been an arduous process. That is, until the power of crowdsourcing was discovered.

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The surface of rendered objects in computer games often looks unrealistic. A new method creates much more realistic images, imitating the complex scattering processes under the surface. Left: the new method, top right: without subsurface scattering, botto

New Mathematical Method makes Computer Game Surface Rendering Much More Realistic

May 5, 2015 12:24 pm | by TU Wien (Vienna) | News | Comments

Overturning cars, flying missiles and airplanes speeding across the screen — on modern computers, 3-D objects can be calculated in a flash. However, many surfaces still look unnatural. Whether it is skin, stone or wax — on the computer screen, all materials look alike, as if the objects had all been cut out of the same opaque material. A new mathematical method takes into account light scattering that occurs below the surface...

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Saturn’s Sponge-like Moon Hyperion -- Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute – click to enlarge

Saturn’s Sponge-like Moon Hyperion

May 5, 2015 12:08 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

The subject of this image bears a remarkable resemblance to a porous sea sponge, floating in the inky black surroundings of the deep sea. Indeed, the cold, hostile and lonely environment of deep water is not too far removed from deep space, the actual setting for this image in which one of Saturn’s outer moons, Hyperion, can be seen in incredible detail.

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