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In the cat and mouse game, a Pac-Man-shaped cat must eat scurrying mice (disks) that have lines oriented in the same way as the cat.

Pac-Man Replaces Patch: Video Games Help Improve Lazy Eye, Depth Perception

November 21, 2014 5:11 pm | by Emily Caldwell, Ohio State University | News | Comments

Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people — including adults — with a lazy eye and poor depth perception. The training tools, including a Pac-Man-style “cat and mouse” game and a “search for oddball” game, have produced results in pilot testing: Weak-eye vision improved to 20/20 and 20/50 in two adult research participants.

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The Turing Test — originally called the Imitation Game — was proposed by computing pioneer Alan Turing in 1950. Courtesy of Juan Alberto Sánchez Margallo

Alternative to Turing Test Proposed

November 21, 2014 4:39 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A Georgia Tech professor recently offered an alternative to the celebrated “Turing Test” to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level intelligence. The Turing Test — originally called the Imitation Game — was proposed by computing pioneer Alan Turing in 1950. In practice, some applications of the test require a machine to engage in dialogue and convince a human judge that it is an actual person.

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In the latest issue of HPC Source, “A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to the Enterprise,” we look at how small- to-medium-sized manufacturers can realize major benefits from adoption of high performance computing in areas such as modeling, simulation and analysis.

HPC for All

November 21, 2014 4:32 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

In the latest issue of HPC Source, “A New Dawn: Bringing HPC to the Enterprise,” we look at how small- to-medium-sized manufacturers can realize major benefits from adoption of high performance computing in areas such as modeling, simulation and analysis.

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The company will award two complete high performance compute clusters to two institutions of higher education and research.

Silicon Mechanics Announces Research Cluster Grant Program Expansion

November 21, 2014 4:17 pm | by Silicon Mechanics | News | Comments

Silicon Mechanics has announced that it is launching the 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant program, in which the company will award two complete high performance compute clusters to two institutions of higher education and research. The competition is open to all U.S. and Canadian qualified post-secondary institutions, university-affiliated research institutions, non-profit research institutions, and researchers at federal labs.

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flower stamen -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Flower Stamen

November 21, 2014 3:43 pm | News | Comments

This photo shows a flower stamen magnified 40X. 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 reflected light.

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New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample o

Spooky Alignment of Quasars Crosses Billions of Light-years

November 20, 2014 3:39 pm | by ESO | News | Comments

New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years.

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Researchers have published the first research to use computational modeling to predict and identify the metabolic products of gastrointestinal (GI) tract microorganisms.

Computer Model Predicts Gut Metabolites to Better Understand GI Disease

November 20, 2014 3:30 pm | by Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers have published the first research to use computational modeling to predict and identify the metabolic products of gastrointestinal (GI) tract microorganisms.                       

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This 100x image of Titanium Shavings received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photographer was Bert Siegel of

Shaved Titanium

November 20, 2014 2:56 pm | News | Comments

This 100x image of Titanium Shavings received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photographer was Bert Siegel of Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences.

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The Huawei FusionServer X6800 is a next-generation data center server optimized to support all business in one solution. This X6800 provides a broad portfolio of server nodes to flexibly meet elastic configuration requirements of differentiated services f

Huawei FusionServer X6800

November 20, 2014 2:40 pm | by Huawei | Product Releases | Comments

The Huawei FusionServer X6800 is a next-generation data center server optimized to support all business in one solution. This X6800 provides a broad portfolio of server nodes to flexibly meet elastic configuration requirements of differentiated services for computing, storage, and I/O resources. It also supports simplified system management and efficient operation and maintenance (O&M). 

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Rob Farber is an independent HPC expert to startups and Fortune 100 companies, as well as government and academic organizations.

Today’s Enterprising GPUs

November 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

HPC has always embraced the leading edge of technology and, as such, acts as the trailbreaker and scout for enterprise and business customers. HPC has highlighted and matured the abilities of previously risky devices, like GPUs, that enterprise customers now leverage to create competitive advantage. GPUs have moved beyond “devices with potential” to “production devices” that are used for profit generation.

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Brandenburg Gate on December 1, 1989. The structure is already freely accessible from the East, however, the crossing to the Western side will not be officially open until December 22nd.

Another Brick in the Wall: The Legendary Rescue of a Doomed Project

November 20, 2014 2:08 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Of course, I remember the Berlin Wall being pummeled to gravel 25 years ago. I always hated what it symbolized, and I was excited.  I was in Fayetteville, AR, at the finest hotel in town (a multi-story Holiday Inn at the time) when I saw the Germans storming the wall and whack-a-mole-ing the wall with ballpeen hammers. How I came to be in Arkansas is a rather remarkable and foreboding story.

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For the fourth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per secon

Tianhe-2 Remains World's Top Computer

November 19, 2014 3:34 pm | by Top500 | News | Comments

For the fourth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 44th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

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The Soyuz TMA-13M crew, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst, Roscosmos cosmonaut Max Suraev, and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, in their Soyuz spacecraft that will fly them back to Earth after almost six months on the International Space S

Snug Ride Home from ISS

November 19, 2014 2:32 pm | News | Comments

The Soyuz TMA-13M crew, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst, Roscosmos cosmonaut Max Suraev, and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, in their Soyuz spacecraft that will fly them back to Earth after almost six months on the International Space Station.

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Iceotope's PetaGen liquid cooling system is designed for High Performance Computing (HPC) and suitable for Supercomputing and data center facilities. The system uses minimal energy resources, has zero dependence on clean water, streamlines needlessly bloa

Petagen Liquid Cooling System

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Iceotope | Product Releases | Comments

Iceotope's PetaGen liquid cooling system is designed for High Performance Computing (HPC) and suitable for Supercomputing and data center facilities. The system uses minimal energy resources, has zero dependence on clean water, streamlines needlessly bloated and expensive data center facilities, and improves IT performance.

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John Joyce is a laboratory informatics specialist based in Richmond, VA.

Still Holiday Shopping? 19 Great Gifts for Just about Anyone

November 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to the second installment of Scientific Computing's holiday gift guide. This section focuses on gifts of more general interest, so that they'll be suitable for your giftees without a technical background — you know, muggles!  But don't worry, many of these are suitable for the Geeks in your life as well. Part I focuses on more technical items, though there are a number that might appeal to your more sophisticated muggle as well.

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