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A time-lapse photograph of the CIBER rocket launch, taken from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in 2013. This was the last of four launches of the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER). Sub-orbital rockets are smaller than those that boo

Rocket Experiment Finds Surprising Cosmic Light

November 7, 2014 3:37 pm | by Kathy Svitil, Caltech | News | Comments

Using an experiment carried into space on a NASA suborbital rocket, astronomers have detected a diffuse cosmic glow that appears to represent more light than that produced by known galaxies in the universe. The researchers say the best explanation is that the cosmic light originates from stars that were stripped away from their parent galaxies and flung out into space as those galaxies collided and merged with other galaxies.

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The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching, while blindfolded. © LifeHand2

Neural Interface allows Natural Control of World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

November 7, 2014 3:27 pm | by European Commission | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively and identify what he was touching, while blindfolded.

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This diagram shows how researchers compute average traffic flows through a wider system of highways. Courtesy of the researchers

New Model Provides Accurate Traffic Flow Predictions

November 7, 2014 2:46 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

A reliable way of predicting the flow of traffic could be a great convenience for commuters, as well as a significant energy-saver. During an emergency evacuation following a natural disaster, reliable predictions of the best routes could even be a lifesaver. Now a team of researchers from MIT, the University of Notre Dame, and elsewhere has devised what they say is an effective and relatively simple formula for making such predictions.

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November 7, 2014 2:15 pm | Optibrium Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Card View is designed to provide a unique way to look at compound data, clearly representing the relationships between compounds to highlight the best chemistries and optimization strategies. It presents compound structures and associated data on cards that can be moved, stacked and linked in a unique, flexible environment.

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Mustard Weed Flower Embryo -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Mustard Weed Flower Embryo

November 7, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

This 630X photo shows a mustard weed (Arabidopsis thaliana) embryo within its seed coat. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal microscopy.

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JMP 11: Remarkable Statistics, Graphics and Integration

November 7, 2014 10:30 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

It should come as no surprise to readers of this column that JMP is a personal favorite and, along with SAS, one of my most-used programs. There are a number of reasons for this. Of the many advantages that most packages can offer, breadth and depth of the statistics offered, quality of the diagnostics, interconnectivity of graphics with both data and analyses, and ease-of-use issues are uppermost in my mind as most desirable.

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Michael Elliott is CEO of Atrium  Research & Consulting.

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Knowledge management is not an IT problem, but a challenge to the culture of an organization

November 7, 2014 8:48 am | by Michael H. Elliott | Articles | Comments

In the late 1990s and the early 2000s, “Knowledge Management” (KM) was all the rage. Companies invested millions on enterprise content management (ECM) systems and teams of KM practitioners. It was believed that the codification of all knowledge assets across the enterprise would lead to new insights and higher levels of innovation.

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Highly motivated to organize the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Paul Messina reflects on what makes the program unique and a can’t-miss opportunity for the next generation of HPC scientists.

A Q&A with Paul Messina, Director of Science for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

November 6, 2014 4:22 pm | by Brian Grabowski, Argonne National Laboratory | Articles | Comments

Highly motivated to organize the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Paul Messina reflects on what makes the program unique and a can’t-miss opportunity for the next generation of HPC scientists. ATPESC is an intense, two-week program that covers most of the topics and skills necessary to conduct computational science and engineering research on today’s and tomorrow’s high-end computers.

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Direct Brain-to-brain Interface Operates between Humans in Real Time

November 6, 2014 4:05 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language? Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago.

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A new algorithm can, with high accuracy, determine whether a patient is suffering from emphysema or heart failure based on readings from a capnograph — a machine that measures the concentration of carbon dioxide in a patient’s exhalations. Courtesy of Chr

Diagnostic Exhalations: Algorithm Analyzes CO2, could Help Determine Treatment

November 6, 2014 3:41 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Paramedics respond to a 911 call to find an elderly patient who’s having difficulty breathing. Anxious and disoriented, the patient has trouble remembering all the medications he’s taking, and with his shortness of breath, speaking is difficult. Is he suffering from acute emphysema or heart failure? The symptoms look the same, but initiating the wrong treatment regimen will increase the patient’s risk of severe complications.

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Symbion QT 2.5 Chemometrics Software

November 6, 2014 3:27 pm | Symbion Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Symbion QT 2.5. chemometrics software provides Parametric Data Cleaning, a technique that automates the handling of data compromised by excessive noise or other artifacts. Key cleaning parameters are under the control of the analyst, allowing chemometric optimization under a wide range of analytical situations.

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R.D. McDowall is Principal, McDowall Consulting.

The Cloud Meets GMP Regulations – Part 4: Selecting a Cloud Service Provider

November 6, 2014 3:16 pm | by R D McDowall | Articles | Comments

The purpose of this series is to discuss the impact of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) regulations on cloud computing and to debate some of the regulatory issues facing an organization contemplating this approach. In this part, we look at a process to select a suitable hosting provider that can demonstrate compliance with GMP and possession of qualified IT infrastructure.

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Thale Cress: First Plant to Have its Genome Sequenced -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Thale Cress: First Plant to Have its Genome Sequenced

November 6, 2014 3:01 pm | News | Comments

This 1140X photo shows thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), which gained notoriety in 2000 when it was the first plant to have its genome sequenced. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

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Vintana during the age of the dinosaurs. Courtesy of Lucille Betti-Nash

Paleontologists Find Ancient, Bizarre Groundhog-like Mammal

November 5, 2014 4:37 pm | by Stony Brook University | News | Comments

A newly discovered 66 to 70 million-year-old groundhog-like creature, massive in size compared to other mammals of its era, provides new and important insights into early mammalian evolution. Stony Brook University paleontologist David Krause, Ph.D., led the research team that unexpectedly discovered a nearly complete cranium of the mammal, which lived alongside Late Cretaceous dinosaurs in Madagascar.

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Professor Robert Sinclair illustrates one of his examples of a biological system (the fruit fly eye) which exhibits tendencies towards both deterministic and stochastic development, where the number of cells is uniform, but the way in which they determine

Back to Basics: Where Supercomputers Dominate Analysis, Classical Thinking Still Holds Relevance

November 5, 2014 4:25 pm | by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology | News | Comments

Sinclair suggests that there still is a place in science in modern times for the interpretation of results using rational numbers or simple ratios. In a time where supercomputers dominate analysis, he argues that there is not enough attention being paid to the basic approaches to science of the past, which were able to profoundly illuminate our understanding of the natural world through the simplification of very complex topics and systems.

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