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Defense Secretary Ash Carter said one way the Defense Department is responding is to be more transparent about cybersecurity, and that includes a new cybersecurity strategy that is far more open about the Pentagon's cyber missions. Courtesy of Greg West

New Pentagon Strategy Warns of Cyberwar Capabilities

April 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and control networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities."

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First Image of the Moon Taken by a U.S. Spacecraft -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

First Image of the Moon Taken by a U.S. Spacecraft

April 23, 2015 3:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Ranger 7 took this image, the first picture of the moon by a U.S. spacecraft, on July 31, 1964 at 13:09 UT, about 17 minutes before impacting the lunar surface. The large crater at center right is the 108 km diameter Alphonsus. Above it is Ptolemaeus and below it Arzachel. The terminator is at the bottom right corner. Mare Nubium is at center and left. North is at about 11:00 at the center of the frame.

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The Cori Phase 1 system will be the first supercomputer installed in the new Computational Research and Theory Facility now in the final stages of construction at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Cray XC40 will be First Supercomputer in Berkeley Lab’s New Computational Research and Theory Facility

April 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by NERSC and Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center and Cray announced they have finalized a new contract for a Cray XC40 supercomputer that will be the first NERSC system installed in the newly built Computational Research and Theory facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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The new method reduces computing power needed to process large amounts of multidimensional relational data by providing a simple technique of cutting down redundant layers of information, reducing the amount of data to be processed.

Mathematicians Reduce Big Data Using Ideas from Quantum Theory

April 23, 2015 2:02 pm | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

A new technique of visualizing the complicated relationships between anything from Facebook users to proteins in a cell provides a simpler and cheaper method of making sense of large volumes of data.

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Cloud Security Reaches Silicon: Defending against Memory-access Attacks

April 23, 2015 1:53 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

In the last 10 years, computer security researchers have shown that malicious hackers don’t need to see your data in order to steal your data. From the pattern in which your computer accesses its memory banks, adversaries can infer a shocking amount about what’s stored there.

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This LiDAR image from the CAO shows the Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon. The ancient meanders and oxbows are in blue extending out from the existing river in black. Higher terraced regions are in pink. Courtesy of Greg Asner, The Carnegie Airborne

Carnegie Launches Next-gen Airborne Laboratory for Earth

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by Carnegie Science | News | Comments

Carnegie Science announces the launch of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory-3 (CAO-3), the most scientifically advanced aircraft-based mapping and data analytics system in civil aviation today. This third-generation aircraft has been completely overhauled from previous models, boasting a multitude of cutting-edge improvements to its onboard laboratory.

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Between March and April 2003, researchers used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to capture detailed images of Saturn's Southern Hemisphere and the southern face of its rings. Saturn is seen here in ultraviolet light. Particles in Saturn's atmosphere reflect

A Celestial Silver Celebration: Commemorating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary

April 22, 2015 4:40 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

On April 25, 1990, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery deployed the Hubble Space Telescope into Earth orbit and launched a new era of astronomical discovery. In its quarter-century in orbit, the world’s first space telescope has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond. Now, 25 years later, organizations around the world are joining in a celebration of this remarkable observatory.

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GenomeStack Big Data Analytics Database

GenomeStack Big Data Analytics Database

April 22, 2015 2:52 pm | by SQream Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The GenomeStack Big Data Analytics platform has been developed specifically for bioinformatics researchers, data scientists and analysts conducting genome research. The database replaces the traditional file-based, manual process for storing and analyzing genome sequenced data.

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The winners of the CyberCenturion National Finals Competition, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, with their coach pictured in front of Collossus at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park. Their awards were presented April 17 by Andrew T

UK CyberCenturion Competition Launches in Search for Young Cyber Security Talent

April 22, 2015 2:43 pm | by Northrop Grumman | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman has renewed its commitment to run the CyberCenturion competition for a second year, continuing its efforts to seek out the UK's best young cyber talent. CyberCenturion is the UK's first team-based cyber security contest specifically designed to attract 12- to 18-year-olds. The competition aims to engage young people with an interest in cyber as a way to address the STEM skills gap and encourage careers in cyber security.

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Mouse-ear Cress Plant Root Tip -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Mouse-ear Cress Plant Root Tip

April 22, 2015 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo features a depth-coded rendering of a transgenic mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) plant root tip stably expressing the nuclear histone marker H2B fused to a green fluorescent protein. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition.

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Innovation Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

Innovation Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

April 22, 2015 2:22 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The technology could be integrated with existing WiFi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in crowded locations, such as airport terminals or coffee shops, and in homes where several people have multiple WiFi devices.

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A particle shower initiated by a cosmic ray reaches LOFAR through a thundercloud. Courtesy of Radboud University.

Cosmic Rays used to Model Thunderclouds on Earth

April 22, 2015 2:17 pm | by Radboud University | News | Comments

How is lightning initiated in thunderclouds? This is difficult to answer — how do you measure electric fields inside large, dangerously charged clouds? It was discovered, more or less by coincidence, that cosmic rays provide suitable probes to measure electric fields within thunderclouds. The measurements, including the strength of the electric field at a certain height in the cloud, were performed with the LOFAR radio telescope.

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Through special environments called biotic processing units, bioengineers allow people to interact with cells like fish in an aquarium or even do simple experiments from afar.

Biotic Processing Makes Biotech Interactive with Games, Remote-control Labs

April 22, 2015 2:10 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Riedel-Kruse and his team are enabling people to interact with biological materials and perform experiments the way they interact with computers today — called interactive biotechnology.  They have created three related projects that begin to define this new field. In the most far-reaching project, Riedel-Kruse created a robotic biology cloud lab capable of carrying out remote-control experiments.

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Leo Reiter is a cloud computing pioneer who has been designing, developing, and evangelizing large scale, on demand systems and technologies since the mid-1990s. Currently, Leo serves as Chief Technology Officer of Nimbix, Inc., a global provider of High

Big Data is Driving HPC to the Cloud

April 21, 2015 2:09 pm | by Leo Reiter, CTO, Nimbix, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

For many computationally-intensive applications, such as simulation, seismic processing and rendering, overall speed is still the name of the game. However, new branch of HPC is gaining momentum. IDC calls it “High Performance Data Analysis” (HPDA for short). Essentially, it’s the union of big data and HPC. How will these architectures evolve? Let’s start by looking at the data.

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Power networks and cancer treatment are two of the applications for the dynamic, scalable algorithms that Frank E. Curtis has developed. Courtesy of Ryan Hulvat

Algorithms: Finding Optimal Balance in the Face of Uncertainty

April 21, 2015 12:20 pm | by Kurt Pfitzer, Lehigh University | News | Comments

Curtis writes algorithms that enable computers to solve large-scale continuous optimization problems. He is collaborating with researchers at Argonne through a five-year Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. In a three-year single-investigator project for the NSF, Curtis has developed algorithms that solve large-scale continuous optimization problems in less than a quarter of the time required by conventional methods.

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