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Massively Parallel Genomics Students: Publication has 940 Undergraduate Authors

May 11, 2015 12:04 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The list of authors for an article on comparative genomics of a fruit fly chromosome runs three single-spaced pages. Large author lists are the norm in high-energy physics, but a novelty in biology. What is going on? The 1,014 authors include 940 undergraduates from 63 institutions, all working in parallel to solve mysteries embedded in the DNA sequences of the unusual dot chromosome in fruit flies. A large collaboration is providing...

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Close-up: Ant Nymph -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Close-up: Ant Nymph

May 11, 2015 11:40 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo of an ant nymph received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using image stacking and stitching.

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SwRI scientists compared long-exposure optical photographs of two different triggered lightning events (on top) with acoustically imaged profiles of the discharge channel (below), corrected for sound speed propagation and atmospheric absorption effects. T

Fascinating, Wild and Unpredictable: Scientists Image Thunder for the First Time

May 11, 2015 11:32 am | by Southwest Research Institute | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have imaged thunder, visually capturing the sound waves. Although people see it as a flashing bolt, lightning begins as a complex process of electrostatic charges churning around in storm clouds. By studying the acoustic power radiated from different portions of the lightning channel, researchers can learn more about the origins of thunder as well as the energetic processes associated with lightning.

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A super-wide field-of-view telescope, developed by RIKEN’s EUSO team, will be used to detect objects.

Space-based System will clear the Skies of Space Junk

May 11, 2015 10:46 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal combines a super-wide field-of-view telescope, developed by RIKEN’s EUSO team, which will be used to detect objects, and a recently developed high-efficiency laser system, the CAN laser, that will be used to track space debris and remove it from orbit.

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NASA Infrared Telescope Facility above the clouds on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Scientists at Work: Most Days in the Life of an Astronomer aren’t spent at Telescopes

May 11, 2015 10:38 am | by Nicole Estefania Cabrera Salazar, Georgia State University | Articles | Comments

On a telescope at the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, it’s not easy to put in a full night of work. At 14,000 feet, you’re operating at only 60 percent of the oxygen available at sea level, which makes concentrating difficult. Top that off with a shift that begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 6:30 am, and it becomes hard to imagine astronomers working like that year-round. Luckily, most of us don’t have to.

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Titled “Accelerating LBM & LQCD Application Kernels by In-Memory Processing,” the Hans Meuer award-winning research paper examines the runtime performance of Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) and Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD) kernels that can be achi

ISC Announces the Hans Meuer Award Winning Research Paper

May 11, 2015 8:35 am | by ISC | News | Comments

ISC has announced that a research paper in the area of in-memory architecture, jointly submitted by a team of seven researchers representing the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), IBM Germany and the IBM Watson Research Center in the US, has been selected to receive the inaugural Hans Meuer Award. The awarding will take place at the ISC High Performance conference on Monday, July 13.

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The first of The Planetary Society's two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015. The mission is a shakedown cruise designed to test out the CubeSat's critical systems. In 2016, the second LightSail spacecraft will pig

Solar-powered Sail could Revolutionize Satellite Control and Movement

May 11, 2015 8:32 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

Last September, Cal Poly's CubeSat team and The Planetary Society unfurled a solar-powered sail that some believe could revolutionize satellite propulsion. This was a deployment test and key milestone for the LightSail project. Among those present was Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society. Lightsail is a Planetary Society initiative with the goal of demonstrating effective use of solar sails for satellite control and movement.

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In future telerobotic procedures, the last communication link may be a wireless uplink (dotted lines) to a drone or satellite that is more easily hacked than pre-established network connections (solid lines.) Courtesy of University of Washington

Researchers hack Teleoperated Surgical Robot to Reveal Security Flaws

May 8, 2015 10:48 am | by Jennifer Langston, University of Washington | News | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect people who use them. That’s the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by an engineering team who hacked a next-gen teleoperated surgical robot — one used only for research purposes — to test how easily a malicious attack could hijack remotely-controlled operations in the future and to make those systems more secure.

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Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees 'Cinco de Mayo' Solar Flare

May 8, 2015 10:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured these images of a significant solar flare — as seen in the bright flash on the left — peaking at 6:11 p.m. EDT on May 5, 2015. Each image shows a different wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights a different temperature of material on the sun.

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Established in late 1997. A crystal memento, illuminated certificate, and $10,000 honorarium are awarded to recognize innovative contributions to high performance computing systems that best exemplify the creative spirit demonstrated by Seymour Cray.

Nominations for Three SC15 Awards due July 1

May 8, 2015 9:52 am | by SC15 | News | Comments

Each year, the global supercomputing community honors a handful of the leading contributors to the field with the presentation of the IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award, the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award and the ACM-IEEE Ken Kennedy Award. Nominations for these awards to be presented at SC15 in Austin are now open and the submission deadline is Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

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The German Climate Computing Center is managing the world's largest climate simulation data archive, used by leading climate researchers worldwide. The archive currently consists of more than 40 petabytes of data and is projected to grow by roughly 75 pet

Managing the World's Largest Trove of Climate Data

May 8, 2015 9:10 am | by IBM | News | Comments

The German Climate Computing Center is managing the world's largest climate simulation data archive, used by climate researchers worldwide. The archive consists of more than 40 petabytes of data and is projected to grow by roughly 75 petabytes annually over the next five years. As climate simulations are carried out on increasingly powerful supercomputers, massive amounts of data are produced that must be effectively stored and analyzed.

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A sunset shot of the HASP payload prior to release from the launch vehicle

The High Altitude Student Platform: Fostering Excitement in Aerospace

May 8, 2015 8:23 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

The major goals of HASP are to foster student excitement in an aerospace career path and to help address workforce development issues in this area. HASP provides a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products. By getting the students involved with every aspect of the program, HASP hopes to enhance technical skills and research abilities.

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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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