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3rd Place Winner: Jumping Spider Eyes; Reflected Light; 20X. Noah Fram-Schwartz, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

Seeing the World in a New Perspective

October 31, 2014 | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

Floating 40 floors above street level, at the New York Academy of Sciences, winners and judges recently gathered to celebrate the 40th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition — a forum to recognize proficiency and photographic excellence of photography taken under the microscope. The competition, which is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography, is international in scope.

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Jaspersoft 5.6 Open Source Release

TIBCO Jaspersoft 5.6 Open Source Release

October 31, 2014 11:29 am | Tibco | Product Releases | Comments

The TIBCO Jaspersoftbusiness intelligence platform includes native big data connectors with support for Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, Apache Cassandra and Cloudera, helping to deliver real-time reporting. Additional interactive reporting features provide a customizable experience for users.

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Starry Sky from the Space Station -- Courtesy of NASA

Starry Sky from the Space Station

October 31, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

An Expedition 41 crew member aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station on September 13, 2014, captured this image of a starry sky. The white panel at left belonging to the ATV-5 spacecraft, which is docked with the orbital outpost, obstructs the view of Scorpius.

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Rotifer showing the mouth interior and heart shaped corona, by Rogelio Moreno

Jaw-Dropping Image of Open-Mouthed Rotifer wins Nikon Small World Competition

October 30, 2014 5:00 pm | by Nikon | News | Comments

Nikon has revealed the winners of the 40th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, awarding first prize to veteran competitor Rogelio Moreno of Panama for capturing a rarely seen image of a rotifer’s open mouth interior and heart-shaped corona. A computer system programmer by occupation, Moreno is a self-taught microscopist whose photomicrograph serves to show just how close the beauty and wonder of the micro-world truly is.

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MIT researchers explain their new visualization system that can project a robot's "thoughts." Video screenshot courtesy of Melanie Gonick/MIT

Projecting a Robot’s Intentions: New Spin on Virtual Reality to Read Robots’ Minds

October 30, 2014 4:46 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT’s Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind. Standing in its path is an obstacle — a human pedestrian who’s pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room, the robot has to first determine where the pedestrian is, then choose the optimal route to avoid a close encounter.

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The software stores only the changes of the system state at specific points in time. Courtesy of Université du Luxembourg, Boshua

New Algorithm Provides Enormous Reduction in Computing Overhead

October 30, 2014 4:37 pm | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

The control of modern infrastructure, such as intelligent power grids, needs lots of computing capacity. Scientists have developed an algorithm that might revolutionize these processes. With their new software, researchers are able to forego the use of considerable amounts of computing capacity, enabling what they call micro mining.

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Each of eight participating teams will play for a charitable organization, which will receive a $26,000 donation from Intel in recognition of the 26th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference.

Single Elimination Tournament Raises Awareness of Parallelization’s Importance

October 30, 2014 1:03 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

As the SC14 conference approaches, Intel is preparing to host the second annual Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (PUCC) from November 17 to 20, 2014. Each of eight participating teams will play for a charitable organization, which will receive a $26,000 donation from Intel in recognition of the 26th anniversary of the Supercomputing conference.

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Bovine Pulmonary Artery Epithelial Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Epithelial Cells

October 30, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

This 63X photo shows bovine pulmonary artery epithelial cells. 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 confocal microscopy.

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Origin and OriginPro 2015 Data Analysis and Graphing Software

Origin and OriginPro 2015 Data Analysis and Graphing Software

October 30, 2014 12:45 pm | Originlab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Origin and OriginPro 2015 are software applications for data analysis and publication-quality graphing that are tailored to the needs of scientists and engineers. The applications are designed to offer an easy-to-use interface for beginners, and the ability for advanced users to customize analysis and graphing tasks using themes, templates, custom reports, batch processing and programming.

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WOS S3 Object Storage Platform Interface

October 29, 2014 11:57 am | Datadirect Networks | Product Releases | Comments

WOS S3 is designed for efficient storing and sharing of massive quantities of big data. It adds support for the industry-standard Amazon S3 API, offering the broadest range of supported interfaces to an object storage platform in the industry.

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The Met Office uses more than 10 million weather observations a day and an advanced atmospheric model to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings each day that are delivered to customers ranging from government, businesses, the general public, armed

UK National Weather Service Awards $128M Supercomputer Contract

October 29, 2014 11:43 am | by Cray | News | Comments

Cray announced it has been awarded a contract to provide the Met Office in the United Kingdom with multiple Cray XC supercomputers and Cray Sonexion storage systems. Consisting of three phases spanning multiple years, the $128 million contract expands Cray’s presence in the global weather and climate community, and is the largest supercomputer contract ever for Cray outside of the United States.

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Caddisfly Nymph -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Caddisfly Nymph

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

This 25X photo shows detail of a Trichoptera nymph, or caddisfly. 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 stereomicroscopy.

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Indiana University received one of the largest individual awards from the NSF’s $31 million Data Infrastructure Building Blocks program this year. Researchers will use the $5 million in funding to help boost the nation’s big data efforts. Courtesy of NSF

NSF Awards $5M to Empower Researchers with New Data Analysis Tools

October 29, 2014 10:15 am | by Indiana University Bloomington | News | Comments

A team of computer scientists working to improve how researchers across the sciences empower big data to solve problems have been awarded $5 million by the National Science Foundation. The team will address one of the leading challenges in tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues in science: the ability to analyze and compute large amounts of data.

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Discrete bands of superconductivity: A diagram depicts unpaired spin up electrons congregating in discrete bands.

New Evidence for Exotic, Predicted Superconducting State

October 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Superconductors and magnetic fields do not usually get along. But a research team has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can indeed arise when a superconductor is exposed to a strong magnetic field.

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Erik Demain is a computer scientist turned artist, whose scientific area of expertise lies in computational geometry — specifically, computational origami, that is, the mathematical study of bending and folding. Martin Demaine, Erik's father, is an artist

Ancient Art Form of Origami Launches into Space

October 29, 2014 9:57 am | by Miles O'Brien and Marsha Walton, NSF | News | Comments

Most people who know of origami think of it as the Japanese art of paper folding. Though it began centuries ago, origami became better known to the world in the 20th century when it evolved into a modern art form. In the 21st century, origami has caught the attention of engineers who are using it to create all sorts of new structures — from collapsible packaging to airbags for cars. Origami has even found its way into space.

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The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, a European research organization that operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.

Understanding the Balance of Matter and Antimatter

October 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by Rob Enslin, Syracuse University | News | Comments

Physicists have made important discoveries regarding Bs meson particles — something that may explain why the universe contains more matter than antimatter. At CERN, Stone and his research team have studied two landmark experiments that took place at Fermilab, a high-energy physics laboratory near Chicago, in 2009. 

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