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This year’s Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source — the blue light-emitting diode (LED).

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded

October 7, 2014 1:57 pm | by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2014 to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.”

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Gravity model of the N. Atlantic; red dots are earthquakes. Quakes are often related to seamounts. Courtesy of David Sandwell, SIO

Satellite Data Offer Foundation for New High-resolution Version of Google Ocean Maps

October 6, 2014 3:42 pm | by NSF | News | Comments

Scientists have created a new map of the world's seafloor, offering a more vivid picture of the structures that make up the deepest, least-explored parts of the ocean. The feat was accomplished by accessing two untapped streams of satellite data. Thousands of previously uncharted mountains rising from the seafloor, called seamounts, have emerged through the map, along with new clues about the formation of the continents.

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In this December 16, 2008 photo, American physicist, and Nobel laureate Martin L. Perl, speaks at a Science Conclave at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Allahabad, IN. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Nobel-winning Physicist Martin Perl Dies at Age 87

October 6, 2014 3:16 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Martin Perl, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Stanford University who discovered a subatomic particle known as the tau lepton, has died at age 87. The university said the retired professor, one of two American scientists who shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1995, died at Stanford Hospital on September 30, 2014. He was recognized for work he did during the 1970s at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.

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Storage Server 3 is an open software-defined storage solution

Red Hat Storage Server 3

October 6, 2014 3:09 pm | Red Hat | Product Releases | Comments

Red Hat Storage Server 3 is an open software-defined storage solution for scale-out file storage that is designed for data-intensive enterprise workloads including big data, operational analytics and enterprise file sharing and collaboration. It is based on the open source GlusterFS 3.6 file system and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

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NGC 5474, a dwarf galaxy located 21 million light-years away -- Courtesy of ESA/NASA

Hubble Sees a Dwarf Galaxy Shaped by a Grand Design

October 6, 2014 2:53 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

The subject of this Hubble image is NGC 5474, a dwarf galaxy located 21 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). This beautiful image was taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The term "dwarf galaxy" may sound diminutive, but don't let that fool you — NGC 5474 contains several billion stars!

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The Hewlett-Packard logo is seen outside the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Hewlett-Packard Co. is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data s

Hewlett-Packard Splits off PC, Printer Businesses

October 6, 2014 2:47 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software, as it aims to drive profits higher. Hewlett-Packard, like other PC makers, has been facing changing consumer tastes — moving away from desktops and laptops and toward smartphones and tablets.

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Quantum Entanglement Made Tangible

October 5, 2014 11:46 pm | by Nik Papageorgiou | News | Comments

EPFL scientists have designed a first-ever experiment for demonstrating quantum entanglement in the macroscopic realm. Unlike other such proposals, the experiment is relatively easy to set up and run with existing semiconductor devices. Interest in entanglement is increasing today, as it challenges the foundations of quantum mechanics itself.

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This 600X photograph of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) seminal vesicle received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microsc

Fruit Fly Privates

October 3, 2014 2:57 pm | News | Comments

This 600X photograph of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) seminal vesicle received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The confocal image was created by Barbara Laurinyecz of University of Szeged, Department of Genetics, Szeged, Hungary using fluorescence.

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New data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL mission reveals that the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon — a giant basin often referred to as the “man in the moon” — likely arose not from a massive asteroid strike, but from a large plume of magma deep w

True Origin of the Man in the Moon

October 3, 2014 2:41 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

New data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL mission reveals that the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon — a giant basin often referred to as the “man in the moon” — likely arose not from a massive asteroid strike, but from a large plume of magma deep within the moon’s interior. 

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A Purdue-based startup is developing high-temperature "plasmonic metamaterials" that could dramatically increase data-storage capabilities, improve solar-cell and waste-heat recovery performance and provide a new avenue for clinical therapeutics.

Plasmonics Advances Optics, Improves Data-storage, Solar Cell Performance

October 3, 2014 2:26 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A Purdue-based startup is developing high-temperature "plasmonic metamaterials" that could dramatically increase data-storage capabilities, improve solar-cell and waste-heat recovery performance and provide a new avenue for clinical therapeutics.

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Where are the quantum computers? Aren’t they supposed to be speeding up decryption and internet searches? After two decades of research, you still can’t find them in stores. Well, it took two decades or more of research dedicated to semiconductors and cir

Quantum Environmentalism

October 3, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

Where are the quantum computers? Aren’t they supposed to be speeding up decryption and internet searches? After two decades of research, you still can’t find them in stores. Well, it took two decades or more of research dedicated to semiconductors and circuit integration before we had digital computers. For quantum computers too it will take technology more time to catch up to the science.

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Mosaic 6.0 sample management software is ideal for the management of compounds, biologicals and reagents. Developments include more intuitive interfaces for ordering and inventory searching, and additional functions all designed to further streamline labo

Mosaic 6.0

October 3, 2014 1:51 pm | Titian Software Us, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mosaic 6.0 sample management software is ideal for the management of compounds, biologicals and reagents. Developments include more intuitive interfaces for ordering and inventory searching, and additional functions all designed to further streamline laboratory workflows.

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Technology industry leaders Intel and Switch SUPERNAP have partnered to bring Cherry Creek, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers that’s liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems to the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Cherry Creek Supercomputer Liquid Cooled

October 3, 2014 1:15 pm | by CoolIT Systems | Intel Corporation | News | Comments

Intel and Switch SUPERNAP have partnered to bring Cherry Creek, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers that’s liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems to the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).                

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The big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) is considered one of the world’s worst invasive ant species. Their giant, muscle-bound noggins power their biting parts, the mandibles, which they use to attack other ants and cut up prey. In a new study, research

Big-headed Ants Grow Bigger when Faced with Fierce Competitors

October 2, 2014 4:26 pm | by Diana Yates, University of Illinois | News | Comments

The big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) is considered one of the world’s worst invasive ant species. Their giant, muscle-bound noggins power their biting parts, the mandibles, which they use to attack other ants and cut up prey. In a new study, researchers report that big-headed ant colonies produce larger soldiers when they encounter other ants that know how to fight back.

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Scientists are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays — the most energetic particles in the Universe.

Cosmic Particles Detected by the Moon

October 2, 2014 4:00 pm | by University of Southhampton | News | Comments

Scientists are to turn the Moon into a giant particle detector to help understand the origin of Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays — the most energetic particles in the Universe.                    

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