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Seagate EVault Backup Target Appliance

Seagate EVault Backup Target Appliance

February 13, 2015 10:16 am | Seagate Technology, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The Seagate EVault Backup Target Appliance is a backup device for large enterprises and service providers seeking data protection for multiple operating systems and appliances, including Oracle databases. It is based on Seagate’s hybrid cloud model, which supports environments where both private (on-premise) and public (off-premise) storage is used.

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A first-of-its-kind National Academy of Sciences report said that injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat should be studied and perhaps tested outdoors in small projects. Courtesy of Robert Simmon and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, bas

Time to Examine Purposely Cooling the Planet?

February 12, 2015 2:37 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling the Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat, a first-of-its-kind federal science report said on February 10, 2015. The idea was once considered fringe — to purposely re-engineer the planet's climate as a last ditch effort to battle global warming with an artificial cloud. No longer.

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Researchers are reporting a fascinating discovery that provides insight into how the brain makes sense of data from fingers.Courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski

Bringing Texture to Touchscreens: How the Brain Makes Sense of Data from Fingers

February 12, 2015 2:31 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

What if the touchscreen of your smartphone or tablet could touch you back? What if touch was as integrated into our ubiquitous technology as sight and sound? Northwestern University and Carnegie Mellon University researchers now report a fascinating discovery that provides insight into how the brain makes sense of data from fingers.

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Founded in 1999, D-Wave Systems describes itself as “the first commercial quantum computing company.”

Analog Quantum Computers: Still Wishful Thinking?

February 12, 2015 2:24 pm | by European Physical Journal (EPJ) | News | Comments

Many challenges lie ahead before quantum annealing, the analog version of quantum computation, contributes to solve combinatorial optimization problems. Traditional computational tools are simply not powerful enough to solve some complex optimization problems, like, for example, protein folding.

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Omics Explorer 3.1 Advanced Data Analysis Software

Omics Explorer 3.1 Advanced Data Analysis Software

February 12, 2015 1:32 pm | Qlucore AB | Product Releases | Comments

Qlucore Omics Explorer 3.1 advanced data analysis software features a well-defined open interface to R. The interface allows users to utilize a broad range of statistical tests, to use existing tests in R, and to write new ones. The inbuilt statistical functions of the bioinformatics program are extended with the R interface to include the full suite of statistical methods available in R.

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Active Fluid Flow around a Coral Polyp -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Active Fluid Flow around a Coral Polyp

February 12, 2015 12:56 pm | News | Comments

This 4x photo shows active fluid flow around a coral polyp (P. damicornis). It won 6th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using fluorescence and autofluorescence.

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Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source

Helping to Save Lives of Critically Ill Children

February 12, 2015 10:17 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Articles | Comments

For those on the front lines of treating cancer, speed and precision are key to patients’ survival. Pediatric cancer researchers have been making incredible strides in accelerating delivery of new diagnostic and treatment options. Supercomputer-powered genetic diagnosis is being used to harness the power of high throughput genomic and proteomic methods and is playing a key role in improving the outcome for children with genetic diseases.

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Supported through crowdfunding, researchers have concluded a successful experiment to identify a novel genetic mutation as the source of a specific rare disease.

Crowdfunding Helps Solve Rare Disease Mystery

February 11, 2015 1:47 pm | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Rare diseases — those that affect fewer than one in 200,000 people — are often identified early in life. Some 30 percent of children afflicted by these "orphan diseases" do not live to see their fifth birthday. While the US Orphan Drug Act of 1983 was written into law to promote research on the topic, the cost of identifying the source and progression of these diseases remains prohibitive for many families.

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Cybersecurity students Kai Greshake, Eric Petryka and Jens Heyens have discovered 39,890 unprotected Internet databases.

Security Gaps Discovered in 39,890 Online Databases

February 11, 2015 12:24 pm | by University Saarland | News | Comments

Due to a misconfigured open source database upon which millions of online stores and platforms from all over the world base their services, anyone had the ability to call up or modify several million pieces of customer data online including names, addresses and e-mails. According to the Center for IT-Security, Privacy and Accountability, this vulnerability was demonstrated for 40,000 online databases.

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Static example of the experimental Potential Storm Surge Inundation Map, here for the Texas Gulf Coast, outside of Houston. The final product will be interactive with pan and zoom capabilities. Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center (NHC)

Communicating Hurricanes’ Real Risks

February 11, 2015 12:08 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

A hurricane is heading toward the coast. Weather forecasters predict strong winds, massive waves and intense rainfall. But what does that mean for you? Will your neighborhood be flooded? Should you evacuate?

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Space Station Flyover -- Courtesy of NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti

Space Station Flyover: Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa

February 11, 2015 11:44 am | by ESA | News | Comments

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who is working and living on the International Space Station as part of Italy’s Futura mission, took this photograph from the International Space Station. Cristoforetti wrote, "A spectacular flyover of the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa. #HelloEarth"

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Origin Viewer 9.2

Origin Viewer 9.2

February 11, 2015 11:24 am | Originlab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Origin Viewer 9.2 is a standalone application that allows viewing, copying and sharing of graph or worksheet information from Origin Project (OPJ) files and Origin window (OGG, OGW, OGM) files on computers that do not have Origin installed. Features include extra-large icon view, mouseover graph preview, icon or details view of windows and the capability to show or hide columns of details view.

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Rotifer Actively Feeding -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

A Rotifer Actively Feeding

February 10, 2015 12:20 pm | News | Comments

This 417x photo shows a rotifer (Conochilus unicornis) actively feeding — this rotifer species forms a free floating spherical colony. It won 13th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using differential interference contrast.

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Seahorse Scientific Workbench

Seahorse Scientific Workbench

February 10, 2015 12:07 pm | BSSN Software GmbH | Product Releases | Comments

Seahorse Scientific Workbench is a vendor-neutral software suite for capturing, analyzing and sharing analytical data. The software consolidates raw and result data from multiple experimental techniques in a single tool, based on the emerging ASTM AnIML Data Standard. It captures each step of the workflow and presents it in its entirety.

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The World Wide Lightning Location Network Web site features “an amazing new visualization of global lightning.”

World Thunderstorm Map Provides Continuous Coverage of Thunderstorms All over the Planet

February 10, 2015 12:00 pm | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

New research will likely be crucial to measuring the impact of climate change on thunderstorms — one of the weather occurrences most problematic for human life on the planet. The varying frequency and intensity of thunderstorms have direct repercussions for the public, agriculture and industry.

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