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Forensics Fiasco

April 15, 2013 3:07 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Comments

The tragic web of circumstances surrounding the “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius and the death of his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp, invoke distant comparisons to the “Trial of the Century” (TTOTC) involving O.J. Simpson. Of course, those circumstances are markedly different, but in the final analysis, both involved a high-profile athlete and accusations of murder.


IS0 17025: A Challenge and a Best Practice for Laboratories

April 15, 2013 1:49 pm | by Colin Thurston, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Comments

What if ISO 17025 wasn’t a standard, but instead was a technology that automated laboratory best practices? What if following the regulations to the letter — often without even thinking about it — actually led to better overall business performance? In that case, it’s likely every business would aggressively deploy that technology.


A Conversation with ISC Fellow Jack Dongarra

April 10, 2013 3:39 pm | Comments

Jack Dongarra is a popular speaker at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), held each year in Germany. In recognition of his significant contributions to the conference over the years, Dongarra has been named an ISC Fellow. As a lead-in to ISC’13 to be held June 16 to 20 in Leipzig, the ISC’13 communications team posed a few questions to Dongarra on his role in the TOP500 List and the current state of HPC.


Moore’s Law has Profoundly Changed All of Our Lives

March 28, 2013 2:49 pm | Comments

Stephen S. Pawlowski is Intel’s Senior Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for the Datacenter & Connected Systems Group (DCSG) and General Manager for the Architecture Group & DCSG Pathfinding. On June 18, Steve will be keynoting at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’13) and the topic of his talk is Moore’ Law. Here’s a Q&A session between Steve and ISC.


A Terabyte on Your Keychain

March 15, 2013 4:22 pm | by Rob Farber | Comments

The ability for well-heeled individuals to carry a terabyte of information on the same keychains holding their car keys paints a dramatic picture of the penetration solid-state drive (SSD) storage is going to make in the consumer space in 2013. In contrast to double-digit SSD product growth, the latest quarterly reports from the two major hard disk manufacturers show that demand for spinning disk technology remains flat.


Bridging the Development-to-Quality Divide

March 15, 2013 4:09 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Comments

An area of accelerating market growth for electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) technology is in analytical sciences, particularly late state biopharmaceutical development and quality. The large number of ELN users in the un-regulated world of research has inspired organizations to gain similar improvements in efficiency downstream on the R&D continuum.


Common Errors in Statistics (and How to Avoid Them)

March 15, 2013 3:38 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

It is always a pleasure to review a book on statistics (bias intended)! Especially one that is well-written, compact and well-constructed for its intended audience. Common Errors in Statistics (and How to Avoid Them), 4th Edition, is written for the non-statistician and can be readily assimilated by undergraduate students with a single statistics class under their belt.


Big Data, Big Science, Big Collaboration: Delivering Connected R&D for Better Value

March 15, 2013 3:26 pm | by Yike Guo, Imperial College | Comments

Today, we are more connected than ever. We live in an always-on world whose digital economy has made data a new form of resource that fundamentally changes our lives. But has this revolution really occurred across R&D domains? At a time when global R&D investment is over $1.5 trillion, leading voices still bemoan a lack of open access to decision-making data and an innovation deficit syndrome.


Fossilized Agate

March 5, 2013 9:20 am | Comments

This 7x photo shows fossilized Turitella agate containing freshwater snails (Elimia tenera) and seed shrimp (ostracods). It was awarded sixteenth place in the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. Douglas Moore of the University Relations & Communications/Geology at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point used stereomicroscopy to capture the image.


Fermi's Motion Produces a Study in Spirograph

March 4, 2013 2:00 pm | Comments

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits our planet every 95 minutes, building up increasingly deeper views of the universe with every circuit. This image compresses eight individual frames, from a movie showing 51 months of position and exposure data by Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT), into a single snapshot. The pattern reflects numerous motions of the spacecraft.

SC13 Student Cluster Competition Now Accepting Team Applications

SC13 Student Cluster Competition Now Accepting Team Applications

March 4, 2013 12:38 pm | Comments

Team submissions are now being accepted for the SC13 edition of the Student Cluster Competition, a spirited event featuring young supercomputing talent from around the world competing to build and operate powerful cluster computers. The deadline for team submissions is Friday, April 12, 2013.


Structuring Data Management for ELN in Formulations

February 4, 2013 8:03 am | by Michael H. Elliott | Comments

Pharmaceutical formulation is a complex process matching a composition of active and non-active materials with a method of production to create a safe, effective and manufacturable drug product. This product can undergo many iterations as it progresses from early designs for first-in-human (FIH) studies, to large-scale efficacy and effectiveness trials, and eventually to commercial production


Power Optimization in HPC, Enterprise and Mobile Computing

February 4, 2013 7:55 am | Comments

Power consumption is balanced in the technology world by either cooling or battery life. In the HPC world, tremendous amounts of power-hungry computing power must be concentrated in very small spaces to limit speed-of-light delays in tightly coupled calculations



February 4, 2013 7:45 am | Comments

Using the help of Google and Wikipedia, “emergence” is defined as the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relativity simple interactions. The word is a favorite in philosophy, systems theory, science and art, and is encroaching on the use of “paradigm shift” and “synergy” in business circles


Unlocking the Ocean’s Genomic Secrets

February 4, 2013 7:41 am | Comments

J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit scientific organization, is a world leader in genomic research. JCVI is renowned for the work of Dr. J. Craig Venter, founder and president, and his team in decoding the first draft of the human genome. Today, JCVI’s research spans a number of innovative projects, including the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition (GOS),1 which has already uncovered more than 60 million genes and thousands of novel protein families from microorganisms found in seawa



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