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Button-sized prototype of the Intel Curie module, a tiny hardware product based on the company’s first purpose-built system-on-chip (SoC) for wearable devices.

Intel’s CEO Outlines Future of Computing

January 7, 2015 3:54 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

Intel has announced a number of technology advancements and initiatives aimed at accelerating computing into the next dimension. The announcements include the Intel Curie module, a button-sized hardware product for wearable solutions; new applications for Intel RealSense cameras spanning robots, flying multi-copter drones and 3-D immersive experiences; and a broad, new Diversity in Technology initiative.

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Approximately 3,000 FRC teams are projected to compete for the chance to gain top honors at the FIRST Championship, which will take place April 22 to 25 in St. Louis, MO.

2015 FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off

January 7, 2015 2:45 pm | by Automation Federation | News | Comments

Nearly 75,000 high-school students on approximately 3,000 teams at 107 venues around the globe joined the kickoff event on January 3, 2015, of the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) via live Comcast NBCUniversal broadcast. FIRST is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology and math.

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The top figure shows the progression of deflagration through the explosive cylinders (light blue) transitioning to detonation (0.710 msec). The dark blue region shows the position of the 2D pressure slice illustrated in the bottom figure. Courtesy of Jacq

Large-scale 3-D Simulations Aim at Safer Transport of Explosives

January 7, 2015 2:20 pm | by Jim Collins, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility | News | Comments

In 2005, a semi-truck hauling 35,000 pounds of explosives through the Spanish Fork Canyon in Utah crashed and caught fire, causing a dramatic explosion that left a 30-by-70-foot crater in the highway. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. Such accidents are extremely rare but can, obviously, have devastating results. So, understanding better exactly how such explosions occur can be an important step to learning how better to prevent them.

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A smart home can be controlled remotely, inviting hacking.

Smart Homes: Working to Prevent a Cybersecurity Nightmare

January 7, 2015 12:59 pm | by Jennifer Donovan, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Imagine the smart home of the future. Thanks to a central controller and Wi-Fi, not only does the thermostat power up and warm or cool the house as you are heading home, smart light bulbs come on low at dusk and brighten up as the sky gets darker; and your washing machine starts a load of clothes when the electricity is cheapest. But what if a hacker gained access to your central controller? Your heat has been on full blast all day ...

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A bundle of nerves that relays information from touch receptors on the skin to the spinal cord and ultimately the brain, imaged with the new technique. Courtesy of EMBL/L.Castaldi -- Click to enlarge

Unprecedentedly Detailed Image of Mouse Neurons

January 7, 2015 12:48 pm | by European Molecular Biology Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before, thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. The work enables researchers to easily use artificial tags, broadening the range of what they can study and vastly increasing image resolution.

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Peter Boogaard is the founder of Industrial Lab Automation and chairman of the Paperless Lab Academy.

2015 Promises Major Milestones and Demands for Change

January 7, 2015 12:28 pm | by Peter J. Boogaard | Articles | Comments

Despite the fact that industries won’t change working processes unless there is a mandatory need to do so, major milestones are expected in 2015 in the battle to adopt data and standardization in our scientific community. The need for deployment of these integration standards to enable efficient sharing of knowledge across our internal and external partners is re-enforced by regulatory bodies.

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The 56th HPC User Forum will take place from April 13-15, 2015, at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk, Virginia.

IDC HPC User Forum, Norfolk, Virginia

January 6, 2015 4:28 pm | by IDC | Events

The 56th HPC User Forum will take place from April 13-15, 2015, at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk, Virginia.

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken a bigger and sharper photograph of the iconic Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation," shown at right. The original 1995 Hubble image of the gaseous towers, taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, is shown a

Evocative New High-Def Views of Iconic Pillars of Creation

January 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Although Hubble has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called Pillars of Creation. The jaw-dropping 1995 photo revealed never-before-seen details of giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching UV light from a cluster of young, massive stars. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Hubble has revisited the pillars, providing a sharper, wider view.

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NOAA's supercomputer upgrades will provide more timely, accurate weather forecasts.

Environmental Intelligence: Significant Investment in Next-Gen Supercomputers to Improve Weather Forecasts

January 6, 2015 12:26 pm | by NOAA | News | Comments

NOAA has announced the next phase in the agency’s efforts to increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable and detailed forecasts. By October 2015, the capacity of each of NOAA’s two operational supercomputers will jump to 2.5 petaflops, for a total of 5 petaflops — a nearly tenfold increase from the current capacity.

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Physicist Jim Bailey of Sandia National Laboratories observes a wire array that will heat foam to roughly 4 million degrees until it emits a burst of X-rays that heats a foil target to the interior conditions of the sun. Courtesy of Randy Montoya

Iron Sun: Not a Rock Band, but a Key to Stars’ Energy Transmission

January 6, 2015 12:16 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers have been able to determine, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the Sun's center to near the edge of its radiative band. Because that role is much greater than formerly surmised, the experimentally derived amount of iron’s opacity helps close a theoretical gap in the Standard Solar Model, used to model the behavior of stars.

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A heat map of a home captured by one of Essess' thermal-imaging cars. Courtesy of Essess

Drive-by Heat Mapping: Thermal Imaging Tracks Energy Leaks in Thousands of Homes

January 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

In 2007, Google unleashed a fleet of cars with roof-mounted cameras to provide street-level images of roads around the world. Now, an MIT spinout is bringing similar drive-by innovations to energy efficiency by deploying cars with thermal-imaging rooftop rigs that create heat maps of thousands of homes and buildings per hour, detecting fixable leaks in building envelopes — windows, doors, walls and foundations — to help curb energy loss.

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Astronomers have found evidence that the “recipe” for creating Earth also applies to terrestrial exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Courtesy of David A. Aguilar (CfA)

How Do You Create an Earth-like Planet?

January 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

In the on-going search for habitable exoplanets, astronomers have been searching for evidence of how planets orbiting distant stars were created. Although planet Earth’s "test kitchen" has provided a detailed recipe, it hasn’t been clear whether other planetary systems followed the same formula. Now, researchers are reporting evidence that the formula for Earth also applies to terrestrial exoplanets orbiting distant stars.

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On-the-Go is an extension to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard, more commonly seen as USB OTG.

On-the-Go! Fascinating Facts about USB OTG

January 5, 2015 4:10 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

No, as much as it might be needed, this column doesn't address how to deal with the numerous frenetic projects that we are tasked with handling every day. On-the-Go is an extension to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard, more commonly seen as USB OTG. We'll forgo trying to determine who came up with a name like this and, instead, take a look at some of the fascinating things it allows us to do.

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The 2.5-meter-long underwater drone is ready to be launched through the hole in the sea ice. Courtesy of Lars Chresten Lund Hansen

Underwater Drones lead Antarctic Exploration into New Epoch

January 5, 2015 1:12 pm | by Signe Høgslund & Peter Bondo Christensen, Aarhus University | News | Comments

Splash. A Weddell seal weighing almost 500 kilograms lands inside the tent and blocks the hole laboriously sawn out by researchers in the two-meter-thick ice to launch drones under the sea ice. The tent is lovely and warm. Outside, the thermometer shows -15 degrees. The seal finally glides back into the water, and the researchers have access to the open water. The advanced technology drone is carefully lowered into the icy cold sea.

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Common Brine Shrimp Appendages -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Common Brine Shrimp Appendages

January 5, 2015 12:47 pm | News | Comments

This 100x photo of the appendages of a common brine shrimp won 8th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It taken using confocal microscopy.

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