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As the liquid crystals align in electric fields, it helps to align the nanotubes — changing the electrical structure of the materials. You can see the thermal output from the material during this “training” process. Bright colors represent localized heati

Evolution-in-materio: Carbon Nanotube Computing?

April 9, 2015 4:29 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

As we approach the miniaturization limits of conventional electronics, alternatives to silicon-based transistors — the building blocks of the multitude of electronic devices we’ve come to rely on — are being hotly pursued. Inspired by the way living organisms have evolved in nature to perform complex tasks with remarkable ease, a group of researchers is exploring similar “evolutionary” methods to create information processing devices.

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Ransomware infiltrates a computer after a user clicks on a link or attachment in an e-mail. It can also attack when a user visits a Web site, including well-known ones with good security systems.

A Q&A about the Malicious Software Known as Ransomware

April 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ransomware is a growing threat to computer users, who can suddenly find they're unable to open or use their files when their machines are infected. The malicious software can attack any user — an individual, small business, Fortune 500 company or a government agency.

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Mars Marathon Valley Overlook – Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. – click to enlarge

Mars Marathon Valley Overlook

April 9, 2015 3:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This view from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows part of "Marathon Valley," a destination on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, as seen from an overlook north of the valley. The scene spans from east, at left, to southeast.

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Argonne’s decision to utilize Intel’s HPC scalable system framework stems from the fact it is designed to deliver a well-balanced and adaptable system capable of supporting both compute-intensive and data-intensive workloads

Intel to Deliver Nation’s Most Powerful Supercomputer at Argonne

April 9, 2015 2:07 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

Intel has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) has awarded Intel Federal LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, a contract to deliver two next-generation supercomputers to Argonne National Laboratory.

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Female Deer Fly -- Courtesy of CDC/Dr. Gary Alpert – click to enlarge

Female Deer Fly

April 9, 2015 12:43 pm | by CDC | News | Comments

This image depicts a dorsal view of a female deer fly, Chrysops dimmock, which had been collected at Nickerson State Park, Cape Cod, MA, on July 4, 2013. This particular specimen had been feeding on both human beings and canines.

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Sentient Knowledge Explorer 5.1

Sentient Knowledge Explorer 5.1

April 9, 2015 12:29 pm | IO Informatics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sentient Knowledge Explorer 5.1 is semantic data integration and knowledge management software for healthcare and life sciences. Both KE PRO and KE Personal Edition versions are available. Key features include the ability to save data, layout only or both, and to save as type TTL, NT, N3 or RDF.

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Spiegelhalter unravels the web of exaggerations, misdirections and downright lies that surround sex in modern society.

Fifty Shades of Statistics: What they tell us about our intimate lives

April 9, 2015 11:55 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

As part of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival, David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Understanding of of Risk at Cambridge University, has given an overview of the history of sex research using data going back to 1580, conducted by pioneering sexologists through to today’s ‘sexperts.’

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companie

Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program

April 9, 2015 9:59 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

President Barack Obama authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks on April 8, 2015: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage. The latter category could include state-owned corporations in Russia, China and elsewhere, setting the stage for major diplomatic friction if the sanctions are employed in that way.

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Nurses practice taking blood pressure and collecting medical history with a traditional human patient simulator system. Its face is completely inexpressive, and its lips do not move when it "talks." Speech is either pre-recorded, or voiced by the clinical

Human Patient Simulators: How Robots can Help Build Better Doctors

April 9, 2015 9:53 am | by NSF | News | Comments

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side to check her spine. They scan the patient's abdomen with a rapid ultrasound machine, finding fluid. They insert a tube in her nose. Throughout the procedure, the patient's face remains rigid, showing no signs of pain.

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One of the new drones of the UZH research group Courtesy of UZH

New Technology Making Drones Safer and Smarter

April 8, 2015 3:27 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Zurich have unveiled new technology enabling drones to recover stable flight from any position and land autonomously in failure situations. It will even be possible to launch drones by simply tossing them into the air like a baseball or recover stable flight after a system failure. Drones will be safer and smarter, with the ability to identify safe landing sites and land automatically when necessary.

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The book assumes no formal statistical training on the part of the reader so the language is everyday plain. It seeks to clarify basic concepts and NOT teach the intricacies of the mathematics. Still, the book has much to recommend it.

Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide

April 8, 2015 3:05 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

This delightful and informative guide from my friends at No Starch Press comes with the following cover blurb: “Statistics Done Wrong is a pithy, essential guide to statistical blunders in modern Science that will show you how to keep your research blunder-free.” It is somewhat pithy, but as to blunder free, I will quote the old maxim that “nothing is foolproof, as fools are so very clever.” Still, the book has much to recommend it.

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The future of tropical rainforests in the Amazon and worldwide is the focus of a new research project that combines field experiments and predictive modeling.

Study Combines Field Experiments, Predictive Modeling to Look at How Forests Worldwide Respond to Climate Change

April 7, 2015 5:09 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play key roles in an expansive new project that aims to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus by coupling field research with the development of a new ecosystem model.

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A supercomputer that can do 551 trillion calculations per second is housed at Clemson’s Information Technology Center.

Data-enabled Science: Top500 Supercomputers Provide Universities with Competitive Edge

April 7, 2015 5:02 pm | by Paul Alongi, Clemson University | News | Comments

Researchers have long believed that supercomputers give universities a competitive edge in scientific research, but now they have some hard data showing it’s true. A Clemson University team found that universities with locally available supercomputers were more efficient in producing research in critical fields than universities that lacked supercomputers.

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The UCLA Biomechatronics Lab develops a language of touch that can be "felt" by computers and humans alike. Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

Artificial Haptic Intelligence: Giving Robots the Human Touch

April 7, 2015 4:56 pm | by Miles O'Brien, NSF | News | Comments

Researchers are designing artificial limbs to be more sensational, with the emphasis on sensation. They have developed a language of touch that can be "felt" by computers and humans alike. The engineers and students are constructing a language quantified with mechanical touch sensors that interact with objects of various shapes, sizes and textures.

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Cultured embryonic chicken dorsal root ganglia neuron explant -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Cultured Embryonic Chicken Dorsal Root Ganglia

April 7, 2015 4:26 pm | News | Comments

This 60x photo "Random Connection" shows a cultured embryonic chicken dorsal root ganglia neuron explant. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

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