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On August 13, 2015, a shape model of Rosetta’s comet was released by ESA, along with a new interactive viewer that allows the public to explore the shape and surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In addition, close to 7,000 images taken with Rosetta

Rosetta Comet Interactive Visualization Tool Based on Amateur Imaging Work, Open Data

August 14, 2015 9:10 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

A shape model of Rosetta’s comet was released by ESA, along with a new interactive viewer that allows the public to explore the shape and surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In addition, close to 7,000 images taken with Rosetta’s NAVCAM navigation camera are available for download from the ESA Archive Image Browser, and that number continues to increase with regular additions of many more as the Rosetta mission continues.

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Edasich (iota Draconis) is one of 20 nameable systems on the IAU short list.

NameExoWorlds Contest Opens for Public Voting

August 14, 2015 8:17 am | by International Astronomical Union | News | Comments

The NameExoWorlds contest, organized by the IAU, is now entering its historic final stage. The public voting on the shortlist of names for the ExoWorlds — 20 planetary systems comprising 15 stars and 32 exoplanets — started on August 12, 2015. The vote will decide the names for the selected stars and exoplanets. Twenty stars with known exoplanets in orbit around them are among the objects selected to be named.

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NI DataFinder Server Edition

NI DataFinder Server Edition

August 13, 2015 4:50 pm | National Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The NI DataFinder Server Edition includes features and capabilities that make it well-suited as a data management tool for large groups in which multiple engineers need to access large amounts of data, possibly stored in multiple locations. It is an indexing service that parses any custom file format for descriptive information (properties) and creates a database of the descriptive information within a user’s data files. T

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Rice University researchers used their progeny clustering technique to analyze a test data set with 41 characteristics drawn from the 440 cells that fell, roughly, into four shapes. Using those characteristics, the program accurately split the samples int

Algorithm Clarifies ‘Big Data’ Clusters

August 13, 2015 4:48 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a big data technique that could have a significant impact on health care. The Rice lab of bioengineer Amina Qutub designed an algorithm called “progeny clustering” that is being used in a hospital study to identify which treatments should be given to children with leukemia. The algorithm provides a way to assure the number of clusters is as accurate as possible

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Jerry Zhu is part of a team of professors in computer sciences, psychology and educational psychology who are working to break new ground in “machine teaching" — a twist on the more familiar concept of machine learning.

Machine Teaching Holds Power to Illuminate Human Learning

August 13, 2015 4:27 pm | by Jennifer A. Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Human learning is a complex, sometimes mysterious process. Most of us have had experiences where we have struggled to learn something new, but also times when we've picked something up nearly effortlessly. What if a fusion of computer science and psychology could help us understand more about how people learn, making it possible to design ideal lessons?

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Craving involves imagining the experience of consuming a particular substance or indulging in a particular activity. Playing a visually interesting game like Tetris occupies the mental processes that support that imagery.

Playing Tetris Puzzle Game can Block Cravings

August 13, 2015 4:17 pm | by Andrew Merrington, Plymouth University | News | Comments

Playing Tetris for as little as three minutes at a time can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities such as sex and sleeping by approximately one fifth, according to new research. In the first test of its kind to study people in natural settings outside of a laboratory, participants were monitored for levels of craving and prompted to play the block-shifting puzzle game at random intervals during the day.

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Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card

Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card

August 13, 2015 4:12 pm | Seagate Technology, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The Seagate Nytro XP6500 is a PCIe flash accelerator card delivering the lowest write latency within the Nytro product portfolio, improving response time in applications requiring high Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and bandwidth suitable for a broad range of workloads.

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The HOW series includes 10 two-hour sessions and up to three weeks of remote access to dedicated training servers for hands-on exercises.

Colfax Announces Free Online Training in Parallel Programming and Optimization for Intel Architecture

August 13, 2015 3:16 pm | by Colfax International | News | Comments

Colfax announced free online workshops on parallel programming and optimization for Intel architecture, including Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. The Hands-on Workshop series will introduce best practices to researchers and developers to efficiently extract maximum performance out of modern parallel processors, achieving shorter time to solution, higher research productivity and future-proof design.

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6U MicroBlade for 3-D Graphics

August 13, 2015 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 3U/6U MicroBlade (MBI-6118D-T2H/-T4H) is designed for 3-D graphics, video and visualization applications. Key features include up to 196 Denlow UP nodes per 42U rack and 99 percent cable reduction, as well as socket H3 (LGA 1150) support for the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3/v4 and 4th Gen. Core i3.

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IBM announced a partnership with Edge Up Sports to create a new Watson-powered app to assist fantasy football owners with managing their teams. Edge Up’s work with IBM Watson provides advanced analysis of stats and information on NFL players

New App to Help Build Championship Fantasy Football Team using Watson Cognitive Capabilities

August 13, 2015 2:50 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Edge Up Sports and IBM announced the company is developing an app powered by Watson to help fantasy football team owners manage their team’s performance in an optimal way for their league. The announcement was made as part of Edge Up Sports launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $35 thousand for continued product development, giving contributors early access to the app and a role in shaping the product.

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Daniel Chow is Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technology Officer at Silicon Mechanics.

The Supercomputer is Cool Again? Thanks Obama!

August 13, 2015 2:09 pm | by Daniel Chow, Silicon Mechanics | Blogs | Comments

Once considered a top priority, supercomputers today are often overlooked, as they aren't considered mainstream anymore. The IT industry is now more concerned with hyperscale, big data and the commoditization of hardware and, as a result, applications that process big data and cloud-hosted web frameworks are garnering the majority of media headlines. That is, until President Obama recently delivered an “HPC moon shot.”

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Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Haass demonstrates how an eye tracker under a computer monitor is calibrated to capture his eye movements on the screen. Haass and others are working with a San Diego-based small business, EyeTracking, to figur

Designing Computational Information Systems to Improve Human-data Interaction

August 13, 2015 12:38 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Intelligence analysts working to identify national security threats in warzones or airports often flip through multiple images to create a video-like effect. They also may toggle between images at lightning speed, pan across images, zoom in and out or view videos or other moving records. These dynamic images demand tools that help analyze the images more effectively and efficiently extract useful information from quickly changing data.

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Researchers looked at using neutral atoms for quantum computing and investigated ways to individually locate and address an atom to store and retrieve information.

Quantum Computing Advance Locates Neutral Atoms

August 13, 2015 12:22 pm | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Pennsylvania State University | News | Comments

For any computer, being able to manipulate information is essential, but for quantum computing, singling out one data location without influencing any of the surrounding locations is difficult. Now, physicists have a method for addressing individual neutral atoms without changing surrounding atoms.

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At the start of the simulation, a biped robot controlled by a computationally evolved brain stands upright on a 16 meter by 16 meter surface. The simulation proceeds until the robot falls or until 15 seconds have elapsed. Courtesy of Joel Lehman

Computer Scientists find Mass Extinctions can Accelerate Robot Evolution

August 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Marc Airhart, University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

A computer science team has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

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Jim Rogers is CEO at Nextrials.

FDA Helps Drive EDC/EHR Integration Projects

August 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Jim Rogers, Nextrials | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has formally announced that it is interested in supporting the use of electronic health records used in conjunction with electronic data capture technology in clinical trials to streamline the drug discovery process. After posting a notice in the Federal Registry, the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research commented that a standards-based, integrated solution could not only facilitate quicker study starts, ...

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