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Experiment and theory by comparison: the PSI researchers’ Dutch colleagues were able to illustrate the magnetic structures generated by laser beams effectively in computer simulations.

Bat Signal Lights Way to Extremely Fast, Precise Data Storage

January 12, 2015 11:58 am | by Laura Hennemann, Paul Scherrer Institute | News | Comments

Researchers have succeeded in switching tiny, magnetic structures using laser light and tracking the change over time. In the process, a nanometer-sized area bizarrely reminiscent of the Batman logo appeared. The research results could render data storage on hard drives faster, more compact and more efficient.

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Map of diffuse interstellar bands Courtesy of T.W. Lan, G. Zasowski, B. Ménard, SDSS and 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF

Astronomers Map Mysterious Molecules in our Galaxy

January 12, 2015 10:20 am | by Phil Sneiderman, Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

By analyzing the light of hundreds of thousands of celestial objects, astronomers have created a unique map of enigmatic molecules in our galaxy that are responsible for puzzling features in the light from stars, called diffuse interstellar bands. DIBs have been a mystery ever since they were discovered in 1922 — exactly which of the many thousands of possible molecules are responsible for these features?

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Montana Dryhead Agate -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Montana Dryhead Agate

January 12, 2015 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 50x photo shows an unpolished Montana Dryhead agate, found in southern Montana between the Big Horn and Pryor Mountain ranges and just to the west of the Big Horn River. It won 12th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using axial lighting provided by Leeds fiberoptic illuminators.

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The MHL Specification, created and maintained by the MHL Consortium, defines a high-definition video and digital audio interface intended for connecting mobile smart devices, such as tablets and cell phones, with high-definition televisions and other pers

Understanding Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Technology

January 12, 2015 9:00 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Okay, for today's pop-quiz, what is Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology and what can it do? Is it a new NASA deep space communication protocol? Is it an upgrade to Google's street cams? Have you even heard of it? It turns out that many of you are equipped with devices that incorporate this technology. Specifically, many, though not all, of the current crop of smart phones and tablets support MHL.

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William Weaver is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Science, Business, and Technology at La Salle University.

By Any Other Name: The Central Role of Informatics in STEM Education

January 9, 2015 3:05 pm | by William Weaver, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

The human lament that things in the past were much simpler is an accurate observation made from the perspective of riding along an exponentially increasing complexity curve. Examining the present or looking into the future can be a confusing torrent of concepts, vocabulary and technologies that appear to be spiraling out-of-control. At the First IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, Professor Steve Zilora reflected on this increase...

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Scarlet Pimpernel Flower -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Scarlet Pimpernel Flower

January 9, 2015 11:52 am | News | Comments

This 80x photo shows a scarlet pimpernel flower. It won 18th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using macroscopy.

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The all-electric Nissan Leaf fitted with autonomous drive equipment allowed to park at NASA's Ames Research Center. Courtesy of Business Wire

NASA, Nissan Partner to Deploy Autonomous Drive Vehicles by Year End

January 9, 2015 11:28 am | by Nissan | News | Comments

NASA and Nissan have announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology. Researchers from NASA’s Ames Research Center and Nissan’s U.S. Silicon Valley Research Center will focus on autonomous drive systems, human-machine interface solutions, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification.

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Visual-Environment 10.0

Visual-Environment 10.0

January 9, 2015 11:15 am | Esi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Visual-Environment 10.0 is a comprehensive simulation platform designed to enable the swift integration of calculations using the open source CFD modules of OpenFOAM. It allows engineers to accelerate preparation of most common CFD calculations, including airflow for external aerodynamics, internal airflow for underhood and climate control, and investigation of flow around rotating bodies.

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Helen Greiner, chairman and co-founder iRobot Corporation, poses for photo with an iRobot PackBot EOD in front of her booth during RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition. Greiner, one of the inventors behind the Roomba, the robotic vacuum that can clean y

Today’s Drone Market Resembles Silicon Valley's Early Days

January 9, 2015 10:51 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for search-and-rescue missions. It's not a fancy building. There's no giant aerospace or defense company here. Just small teams of computer scientists and mechanical engineers...

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Hole cards in a game of Texas Hold 'em. A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful for real-world challenges Courtesy

Game Theory: Self-taught Program Finds Ideal Poker Strategy

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful to help decision-making in medicine and other areas. The program considered 24 trillion simulated poker hands per second for two months, probably playing more poker than all humanity has ever experienced.

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John Wass is a statistician based in Chicago, IL

Qlucore Omics Explorer: Analysis in an Instant

January 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Qlucore is a software platform for the analysis of genomics, proteomics and related data. As with most statistical and genomics software, it generates an immediate graphic for most analyses. Its specific areas of use include gene expression, protein arrays, DNA methylation, miRNA, proteomics, and pattern and structure identification in multivariate data.

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 Using a new algorithm ECG map can help diagnose the location of cardiac disorder in a way which is better for the patients and more cost effective for health services. Courtesy of Meul

Electrocardiogram Algorithm Pinpoints exact Location of Heart Defects

January 8, 2015 3:15 pm | by Manchester University | News | Comments

A new technique to help surgeons find the exact location of heart defects could save lives, help them to treat patients more effectively and save health service cash. The development will allow non-invasive detection of the origin of heart problems and allow more effective treatment.

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Illustration of one orbit of pulsar J1906 (on the right, with radio beams) around its companion (centered). In the space-time curvature caused by the companion (blue), the pulsar rotation axis slants throughout the orbit. For illustration the effect is ex

Vanishing Neutron Star used to Measure Space-time Warp with Extreme Precision

January 8, 2015 2:57 pm | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

In an interstellar race against time, astronomers were able to measure the space-time warp in the gravity of a binary star and determine the mass of a neutron star — just before it vanished from view. The team measured the masses of both stars in binary pulsar system J1906. The pulsar spins and emits a lighthouse-like beam of radio waves every 144 milliseconds. It orbits its companion star in a little under four hours.

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Parsley Ovary -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Parsley Ovary

January 8, 2015 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 63x photo shows a parsley (Petroselinum crispum) ovary fixed and stained to reveal lectins (red) and nuclei (blue). It won 9th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal laser scanning microscopy.

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Merle Giles, Director of NCSA Private Sector Programs and Economic Impact; Rob Rick, VP Sales Americas of Allinea Software

Supercomputing Creates Competitive Advantages in U.S. Industrial R&D

January 8, 2015 2:26 pm | by Allinea Software | News | Comments

The NCSA is enabling software heavily used in industry to run faster, and it’s creating competitive advantages for some of the nation’s largest companies. Industry is a heavy user of supercomputing: it is central to the business of companies within diverse sectors such as oil and gas, pharmaceutical, aerospace and automotive.

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