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The FBI is recruiting new cyber special agents, along with computer scientists, digital forensic examiners, and cyber-skilled interns.

FBI Seeking Tech Experts to Become Cyber Special Agents

January 2, 2015 12:22 pm | by FBI | News | Comments

Since its earliest days, the FBI has looked for recruits with specialized skills to fill its special agent ranks. Today, the most sought-after candidates possess a uniquely 21st century quality: cyber expertise. To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to consider joining the FBI to apply their well-honed tradecraft as cyber special agents.

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A new approach to atomic timekeeping may enable more stable and accurate portable atomic clocks. Courtesy of Christine Daniloff/MIT

Atomic Timekeeping: Enabling more Accurate Portable Clocks

January 2, 2015 11:54 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be, will always trace back to the atomic clock. The international standard for time is set by atomic clocks — room-sized apparatuses that keep time by measuring natural vibration of atoms in a vacuum. Researchers have come up with a new approach to atomic timekeeping that may enable more stable and accurate portable atomic clocks, potentially the size of a Rubik’s cube.

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House cricket's tongue -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

House Cricket's Tongue

December 24, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

This 25x photo of a house cricket's tongue won 11th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Stefano Barone of Cremona, Italy, using Rheinberg illumination.

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The first OpenPOWER Summit will bring together an ecosystem of hardware and software developers, customers, academics, government agencies, industry luminaries, press and analysts to build OpenPOWER momentum.

First OpenPOWER Summit Announced

December 24, 2014 11:33 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data center innovation for POWER platforms, has announced its first OpenPOWER Summit will be held March 17 to 19, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center. It will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference, which has thousands of technology sector attendees, including developers, researchers, government agencies and industry luminaries.

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Rice University graduate student Sidong Lei displays a three-pixel prototype made with atomically thin layers of CIS. The new material developed at Rice shows promise for two-dimensional electronics. Courtesy of Jeff Fitlow/Rice University

Ultrathin, Transparent and Flexible, 2-D Materials could lead to Thinnest-ever Imaging Devices

December 24, 2014 11:26 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

An atomically thin material may lead to the thinnest-ever imaging platform. Synthetic two-dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for super-thin devices, according to Rice University researchers. Although one such material, copper indium selenide, shows extraordinary promise.

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David Mazieres, an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, is leading an effort to get COWL through the process of standardization, which takes about a year. The goal is to have the first public draft of the standard ready by January.

New Security System Extends Firefox and Chrome to make Internet Safer

December 24, 2014 10:19 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford | News | Comments

Computer scientists have extended two popular browsers to empower developers to deliver creative new services while also make surfing safer. The team added a security system called COWL, or Confinement with Origin Web Labels, to Firefox and Chrome to manage how data is shared. It prevents malicious computer code from leaking sensitive information and, at the same time, allows Web applications to display content drawn from multiple sources.

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Two-dimensional slice showing, for scale parameter q=1  fm-1, the Minkowski space-time evolution at y=z=0 of the shear stress π^ςς=τ4πςς, for η¯=1/(4π)

Exact Solution to Model Big Bang, Quark Gluon Plasma Published

December 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Kent State University | News | Comments

Unlike in mathematics, it is rare to have exact solutions to physics problems. The first exact solution that describes a system expanding at relativistic velocities radially and longitudinally has been presented by researchers. It applies to a wide array of physics contexts and will help to better model galactic structure, supernova explosions and high-energy particle collisions, such as those studied at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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Trophic Coherence allows food webs to become larger while maintaining stability, a bit like flying buttresses were the element needed for cathedrals to do likewise. Courtesy of Additya

Universal Mathematical Property Identified in Every Ecosystem in Nature

December 24, 2014 9:58 am | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

A previously unknown mathematical property has been found to be behind one of nature’s greatest mysteries — how ecosystems survive. Found in nature and common to all ecosystems, Trophic Coherence is a measure of how plant and animal life interact within the food web of each ecosystem — providing scientists with the first-ever mathematical understanding of their architecture and how food webs are able to grow larger and more stable

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Here They Are — The Most-read Stories of 2014

December 23, 2014 2:15 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

Certain stories hit home more than others. As 2014 winds to a close, we take a look back at some of the year's biggest hits. These are the articles, blogs and images that you, our readers, visited the most, including Text Mining: The Next Data Frontier...

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The First Annual OpenPOWER Summit will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) which has thousands of technology sector attendees and significant industry press and analyst presence including developers, researchers, government agencies, and

First Annual OpenPOWER Summit

December 23, 2014 8:47 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | Events

The First Annual OpenPOWER Summit will take place at the San Jose Convention Center. It will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) which has thousands of technology sector attendees and significant industry press and analyst presence including developers, researchers, government agencies, and industry luminaries.

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This year's theme will focus on how to manage the change process in R&D and QA/QC laboratories of scientific organizations in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer goods and chemical industries.

Paperless Lab Academy

December 23, 2014 8:38 am | by Industrial Lab Automation | Events

This year's theme will focus on how to manage the change process in R&D and QA/QC laboratories of scientific organizations in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer goods and chemical industries. The interactive congress will give actionable insights on how to adopt a new mindset in our daily work.

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VuePod allows users to virtually fly over, wander through or hover above 3-D environments that are otherwise difficult to visit. The images are created by point data from aircraft equipped with LIDAR.

3-D Virtual Reality Powerful Enough for Gamer, Made for Engineer

December 22, 2014 4:55 pm | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

It’s like a scene from a gamer’s wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3-D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with a Kinnect-like Bluetooth device (called SmartTrack), while 3-D glasses worn by the user create dizzying added dimensions.

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The Internet Archives Book Images Project was launched to catalog the imagery from half a millennium of books.

Unlocking the Imagery of 500 Years of Books

December 22, 2014 4:49 pm | by Library of Congress | Blogs | Comments

Over 14.7 million images were extracted from over 600 million pages covering an enormous variety of topics and stretching back to the year 1500. Yet, perhaps what is most remarkable about this montage is that these images come not from some newly-unearthed archive being seen for the first time, but rather from the books we have been digitizing for the past decade that have been resting in our digital libraries.

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This photo combo provided by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA, shows NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly and Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March, 2015. They will spend a year aboard

One-year Mission to Test Space Endurance

December 22, 2014 4:38 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March and move into the International Space Station for an entire year. For NASA, it will represent a space endurance record; for Russia, it will fall two months shy of its world record.

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Sample images from Airport Scanner: the left image contains one target (hand grenade), the middle contains two identical targets (two exemplars of the dynamite stick target type), and the right image contains two different target types (derringer, gasolin

Crowdsourcing: Game Apps Bring Big Data to Psychological Research

December 22, 2014 4:34 pm | by American Psychological Association | News | Comments

A fast-paced game app where players pretend they are baggage screening officers operating airport x-ray scanners has provided researchers with billions of pieces of data in record time. To demonstrate the potential of mobile technology to gather data, the researchers partnered with the developer of popular mobile app game Airport Scanner, which challenges players to identify illegal items in luggage passing through an airport x-ray scanner.

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