Jack King, a NASA public affairs official who became the voice of the Apollo moon shots, has died. He was 84. King counted down the historic launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. He also did the countdown for hundreds of the early rocket launches, including the two-man Gemini missions and many other Apollo missions.
Stanford Professor Charbel Farhat and his research team at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center used a new, high-end, massively parallel computer to demonstrate the power of algorithms that instruct processors to work together to solve challenging problems. They directed 22,000 processors to solve billions of mathematical equations in just a few minutes, a rare feat in computer engineering.
In case you missed it, here's another chance to catch this week's biggest hits. Software and “Moore’s Drumbeat,” CFD scalability at 64,000 cores, experiencing “Pluto Time,” the first LightSail images, why legendary racer John McGuinness is so fast, whether RAID is dead or alive, a computer operating on water droplets, and a breakthrough for computer vision are among the latest top stories.
Dell has announced an extended partnership with TGen to help clinical researchers and doctors globally expand the reach and impact of the world's first FDA-approved precision medicine trial for pediatric cancer. The renewed commitment includes an additional $3 million Dell grant to support continued collaboration with TGen and the Neuroblastoma and NMTRC expanded pediatric cancer clinical trials in EMEA.
It's difficult enough to see things in the dark, but what if you also had to hover in mid-air while tracking a flower moving in the wind? That's the challenge the hummingbird-sized hawkmoth (Manduca sexta) must overcome while feeding on the nectar of its favorite flowers.
Comparing the genomes of different species — or different members of the same species — is the basis of a great deal of modern biology. DNA sequences that are conserved across species are likely to be functionally important, while variations between members of the same species can indicate different susceptibilities to disease. The basic algorithm for determining how much two sequences of symbols have in common is more than 40 years old.
Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences celebrated World Ocean’s Day with a slew of brand new marine discoveries — more than 100 species that are likely new to science. The Philippines is home to the most biologically diverse waters on Earth, and remains the centerpiece of the Academy’s multi-year exploration of the Coral Triangle’s biological treasures.
This 450x photo shows a jewel beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti) carapace, near the eye. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using diffused, reflected illumination.
Much of the world’s industries are affected by weather. UBIMET is one of the world’s leading private weather service providers. The company offers a range of precise, real-time micro-climate forecasting and alerts, historical weather data, and other services to several million customers around the globe. UBIMET’s competitive advantage lies in the complex character of their solutions and depth of their science and technology.
Last weekend was the final round of DARPA's contest to design control systems for a humanoid robot that could climb a ladder, remove debris, drive a utility vehicle and perform several other tasks related to a hypothetical disaster. When a bipedal robot takes a step, its foot strikes the ground at a number of different points. MIT researchers found a way to generalize the approach to more complex motions in 3-D.
NAG, Argonne and the National Physical Laboratory have announced awarding of the 2015 Wilkinson Prize for “dolfin-adjoint,” which automatically derives and solves adjoint and tangent linear equations from high-level mathematical specifications of finite element discretizations of partial differential equations. The prize is awarded every four years to the entry that best addresses all phases of the preparation of numerical software.
The heat that builds up in the shuttling of current in electronics is an important obstacle to packing more computing power into ever-smaller devices: Excess heat can cause them to fail or sap their efficiency. Now, X-ray studies at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have for the first time observed an exotic property that could warp the electronic structure of a material in a way that reduces heat buildup.
This 20x photo shows chlorophyll fluorescence of the symbiotic zooxanthellae (dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium) living inside the cells of a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.
The way insects see and track their prey is being applied to a new robot in the hopes of improving robot visual systems. The project — which crosses the boundaries of neuroscience, mechanical engineering and computer science — builds on years of research into insect vision. The learnings from both insects and humans can be applied in a model virtual reality simulation, enabling an artificial intelligence system to 'pursue' an object.
When he wasn't busy scribbling out the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein seems to have spent a fair amount of time writing letters involving topics such as God, his son's geometry studies, even a little toy steam engine an uncle gave him when he was a boy. The Einstein Letters, which include more than two dozen missives, went up for sale at a California-based auction house. Some were in English and others in German.