In case you haven’t caught them yet, here’s a recap of his week’s most popular stories. What you should know about near field communications; physicists revealing that molecules made of photons may be possible; evocative high-def views of the iconic Pillars of Creation; researchers creating a magnetic wormhole, and successfully connecting two regions of space; and five myths about gravitational waves are all among the top stories.
Invisibility cloaks are a staple of science fiction and fantasy, from Star Trek to Harry Potter, but don’t exist in real life — or do they? Scientists have devised an ultra-thin invisibility “skin” cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only microscopic in size, principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items.
This Sentinel-2A false color image shows agricultural structures in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. The varying shades of red and other colors across the entire image indicate how sensitive the satellite’s multispectral camera is to differences in vegetation cover and chlorophyll content. This is used to provide key information on plant health.
The 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony took place on September 17, 2015, at Harvard University. This year’s ceremony introduced 10 new Ig Nobel Prize winners — each has done something that makes people laugh, then think. Winners traveled to the ceremony, at their own expense, from around the world to receive their prize from a group of “genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates,” in Harvard's historic and largest theater.
Robin Murphy is the master of disaster robots. After 9/11, she deployed small mobile robots to investigate the rubble. In the wake of Katrina, she sent UAVs to explore buildings. During Fukushima, she was part of a team that flew UAVs to determine radiation levels and inspect damage. And during the Ebola pandemic, she explored whether robots could help protect health workers from contagion in field hospitals in West Africa and the U.S.
Registering for SC15? You can sign up to mentor a student at the same time. If you plan to attend SC15, consider signing up as a mentor to help students get the most out of the conference and make a difference in their careers. Organized as part of Students@SC, the Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to support the growth of a vibrant HPC community by connecting newcomers at the SC conference with experienced conference attendees.
Scientists have discovered how genetic cancer mutations systematically attack networks controlling human cells, knowledge critical for future development of personalized precision treatments. Cancer genomics studies have dominated life science, successfully identifying mutations in individual patients. However, using this knowledge to develop improved therapies has been hampered by inability to link mutations to corresponding proteins.
Earlier this year, astronomers discovered what appeared to be a pair of supermassive black holes circling toward a collision so powerful it would send a burst of gravitational waves surging through the fabric of space-time itself. Now, in a new study, astronomers provide additional evidence that a pair of closely orbiting black holes is causing the rhythmic flashes of light coming from quasar PG 1302-102.
The newest pictures of Pluto are so up-close and personal that the mission's top scientist says it "makes you feel you are there." NASA released the photos September 17, 2015. The images were gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft that swept past the dwarf planet in July. Pluto's curvature is featured in the latest pictures, with the sun providing dramatic backlighting.
Xavo and BSSN Software are proud to announce a collaboration that integrates Seahorse Scientific Workbench and Xavo Lab Logistics. The joint solution enables customers to review analytical and biological screening results in the context of their sample management system. This end-to-end integration of instrument data into the screening workflow will lead to faster results, improved data quality, and reduced errors.
My position at Purdue University involves designing high-end research compute systems to enable scientific research, providing consultation for computational research demands, and leading the teams that implement and operate these systems for the University. Three of the University’s HPC systems are currently listed in the internationally known TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers.
According to the UN, the world’s population will be over 9 billion by 2050 and over 11 billion by the next century. That’s a lot of souls for which the world’s farmers must produce nutrient-rich foods. In 2009, the Food and Agriculture Organization held a Forum to discuss food needs around the planet. The Forum projected that feeding over 9 billion people in 2050 would “require raising overall food production by some 70 percent ..."
Here we see the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 and the nebula M1-67, which surrounds it. Both objects, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are found in the constellation of Sagittarius and lie 15,000 light-years away. The star Hen 2-427 shines brightly at the very center of this explosive image and around the hot clumps of surrounding gas that are being ejected into space at over 93,210 mph.
Researchers at MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a system that can take MRI scans of a patient’s heart and, in a matter of hours, convert them into a tangible, physical model that surgeons can use to plan surgery. The models could provide a more intuitive way for surgeons to assess and prepare for the anatomical idiosyncrasies of individual patients.
At Univa Tech Day, Univa announced the Univa Grid Engine Container Edition product, which fully incorporates Docker containers into the Univa Grid Engine resource manager. The Container Edition features the unique ability to run containers at scale and blend containers with other workloads and supports heterogeneous applications and technology environments.