An international team of astronomers, led by a University of Arizona graduate student, has discovered the most distantly orbiting planet found to date around a single, sun-like star. It is the first exoplanet – a planet outside of our solar system – discovered at the UA. Weighing in at 11 times Jupiter's mass and orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance, planet HD 106906 b...
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This MODIS image taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Nov. 10, 2013, shows an iceberg that was part of the Pine Island Glacier and is now separating from the Antarctica continent.
Sponsored by Raytheon and coached by staff of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, Team Texas won the 8th annual Student Cluster Competition this year at the Supercomputing Conference (SC13) in Denver. The University Tower was lit orange to acknowledge this accomplishment.
Nine scientists are being honored as SLAS Innovation Award finalists, but only one will receive a $10,000 cash prize at SLAS2014, the Third Annual SLAS Conference and Exhibition, which will be held January 18 to 22, 2014, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
A new collaboration between CoolIT Systems, Canada, and the Schools of Computing and Mechanical Engineering at University of Leeds has been set up to analyze the influence of proximity liquid cooling on cloud-based workload algorithms. The University, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities, has previously received awards for analysis and development of Green IT solutions.
The heat shield for NASA's Orion spacecraft was loaded onto a Super Guppy plane in Manchester, NH, on December 4, 2013, for transport to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, was unloaded Thursday, December 5, and is scheduled for installation on Orion in March 2014.
A human ancestor characterized by "robust" jaw and skull bones was a muscular creature with a gorilla-like upper body and more adaptive to its environment than previously thought, scientists have discovered. Researchers found a partial skeleton — including arm, hand, leg and foot fragments — dated to 1.34 million years old
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have established an initiative to tackle the problem of maintaining runtime compatibility between message passing interface (MPI) implementations on high-performance computer architectures. The project, called the MPICH ABI Compatibility Initiative, involves the producers of several notable MPICH-derived message-passing implementations.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Notre Dame are working with Internet2 and Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company, to build an OpenStack-based hybrid cloud environment for the research and education community. The new Internet2 NET+ services are expected to be available to other institutions in spring 2014.
After intense preparations and consensus building, CERN has confirmed that the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will start on January 1, 2014. With the support of partners in 24 countries, a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of high-energy physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author
This 4x photograph of a wool flower (Celosia)’s flame-like flower head was honored as an Image of Distinction in the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Christina Zimmerman of the Merritt College Microscopy Program
China launched its first rover mission to the moon, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth. A rocket carrying the rover aboard an unmanned Chang'e 3 spaceship successfully blasted off early December 2, 2013, from a launch center in southwestern China and was scheduled to arrive on the moon in mid-December, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Simple imaging devices modified to inexpensive mini-microscopes are the new weapon in fight against tropical infectious diseases, show the researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, FIMM, University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institutet.
India's Mars orbiter mission left Earth's sphere of influence early December 1, 2013, after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet. The spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes to reach the correct velocity to leave the Earth's orbit, the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organization said.
In these parts, a pay phone is a visitor's best option for reaching the rest of the world. A cell phone signal is an hour away by car. Wifi is forbidden. The radio plays nothing but static. And other than the occasional passing pickup truck whose driver offers a wave, it's dead silent.
Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyze DNA, using a bone found in Spain that's estimated to be 400,000 years old. So far, the achievement has provided more questions than answers about our ancient forerunners.