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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
web exclusive With the automotive industry’s increasing concern about emissions and the volatile price of gasoline, electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries are emerging as a viable and energy-efficient transportation option. To accelerate the pace of battery innovation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Program is challenging the automotive industry to reduce the production cost of high-power batteries by 70 percent
Safety, consistency, regulatory compliance, efficiency and profitability are just some of the issues confronting senior executives in the oil and gas industry. Managing this complexity, often in some of the world’s harshest conditions, is a constant challenge
In late 2011, I wrote in Scientific Computing about the increasing collisions between commercial big data and data-intensive HPC. In the short time since then, the dimensions of these encounters have become clearer. This might qualify as the most serious rapprochement since business computing first branched off from scientific-technical computing in the early 1960s
Ongoing advances in scientific technology have left us confronted with the task of discovering scientific knowledge from enormous amounts of data generated in the life and environmental sciences, physics and sociology, business and medicine. In biology, these data are frequently combined from many sources. Further, addressing large-scale interdisciplinary problems requires diverse research teams. Researchers in biology, particularly in computational biology and systems biology, already have experienced the shift from the one-scientist-one-project paradigm to cross-disciplinary collaborative research, and the need for an infrastructure and community that can support it all
Technology and computational evangelists quickly learn that human psychology is a key component of any project roadmap. The truth in the quip that it took one social genius plus 500,000 scientists and engineers to put a man on the moon can be appreciated when one observes the social issues that surface in technical discussions within even small groups of people. As the name implies, data-intensive computing requires large amounts of data
Over the last 12 months, the market for ELN technology has evolved from one dominated by sales to a handful of large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, to a diverse landscape of markets and organizations. This has caused a sea-change in both how suppliers approach the market and the features they offer
We have enjoyed a century of innovation and productivity since Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company developed the assembly line manufacturing process over the years of 1908 to 1915. While originally proposed by Adam Smith in his work The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, Ford popularized the method of progressive assembly
Extreme cost pressure, consumers demanding reliability and loss of market share were key drivers for the electronic and car industry to adopt Juran’s1successful QbD theory. It is proven that his theory to adopt continuous improvement strategies to decrease variability resulted in significantly better products and financial performance