In several years — maybe in one or two decades, but maybe sooner or never — one of today’s problems will be solved in an original way: our computers, nanoantennas and other kinds of equipment will operate on the base of photons, rather than electrons. If it happens, the spheres studied by an international group of Russian, French and Spanish scientists will be able to become one of the elementary components of new photonic devices.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly), currently on a year-long mission on the International Space Station, took this photograph of a sunrise and posted it to social media on August 10, 2015. Kelly wrote, "#GoodMorning to those in the western #USA. Looks like there's a lot going on down there. #YearInSpace"
Mirantis announced a strategic technology and investment collaboration with Intel. The collaboration will focus on accelerating enterprise feature optimization in Mirantis’ OpenStack distribution and fueling enterprise OpenStack adoption. The technical collaboration and work with Intel is part of Intel’s recent announcement focused on creating tens of thousands of new clouds, the Cloud for All initiative.
Dell has introduced Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS), a new line of business within Dell’s Enterprise Solutions organization designed to meet the specific needs of web tech, telecommunications service providers, hosting companies, oil and gas, and research organizations. With a new operating model built on agile, scalable and repeatable processes, Dell states that it can now uniquely provide the technology they need.
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From Picasso’s The Young Ladies of Avignon, to Munch’s The Scream, what was it about these paintings that cemented them in the canon of art history as iconic works? In many cases, the artist incorporated a technique, form or style that had never been used before. Throughout history, experts have highlighted these innovations, using them to judge relative worth. But can a painting’s level of creativity be quantified by AI?
There has been much discussion of late of the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI), especially regarding robot weapons development and a related but more general discussion about AI as an existential threat to humanity. If Skynet of the Terminator movies is going to exterminate us, then it seems pretty tame — if not pointless — to start discussing regulation and liability.
John Holland, a pioneer in study of complex adaptive systems and leading figure in what became known as genetic algorithms, passed away August 9. Holland, 86, a longtime professor of computer science and engineering and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan (where he founded and led the Center for the Study of Complex Systems), had been interested for six decades in what are now called complex adaptive systems.
Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally. Researchers used anonymous mobile phone records for more than 15 million people to track the spread of rubella in Kenya and were able to quantitatively show for the first time that mobile phone data can predict seasonal disease patterns.
This extraordinary bubble, glowing like the ghost of a star in the haunting darkness of space, may appear supernatural and mysterious, but it is a familiar astronomical object: a planetary nebula, the remnants of a dying star. This is the best view of the little-known object ESO 378-1 yet obtained and was captured by ESO's Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. Nicknamed the Southern Owl Nebula, this shimmering orb ...
Researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory have sorted through billions of subatomic particles that zip through its frozen cubic-kilometer-sized detector each year to gather powerful new evidence in support of 2013 observations confirming the existence of cosmic neutrinos. The evidence is important because it heralds a new form of astronomy using neutrinos, nearly massless high-energy particles generated in nature’s accelerators.
In May of this year, the SC15 Test of Time Award Committee announced that the third winner of the prestigious Test of Time Award would be the paper “The NAS Parallel Benchmarks — Summary and Preliminary Results,” published at the SC91 conference. The ToTA recognizes an outstanding paper that has appeared at the SC conference and has deeply influenced the HPC discipline.
By bringing together more than 1,300 professionals, the Forum TERATEC illustrates the technological and industrial dynamism of HPC and the important role played by France in this field.
Earth just keeps getting hotter. July was the planet's warmest month on record, smashing old marks, U.S. weather officials said. And it's almost a dead certain lock that this year will beat last year as the warmest year on record. The first seven months of 2015 were the hottest January-to-July span on record. The seven-month average temperature of 58.43 degrees is 1.53 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average.
That’s what Brett Goldstein, a former policeman for the Chicago Police Department and current Urban Science Fellow at the University of Chicago’s School for Public Policy, said about a predictive policing algorithm he deployed at the CPD in 2010. His algorithm tells police where to look for criminals based on where people have been arrested previously. It’s a “heat map” of Chicago, and the CPD claims it helps them allocate resources...