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Michael Morris is General Manager at Appirio.

How Crowdsourcing can Solve Even Interstellar Problems

May 5, 2015 | by Michael Morris, Appirio | Comments

Protecting the world from destruction by asteroids sounds like superhuman power, but NASA scientists work tirelessly to ensure that humans today are protected from this potential harm. Asteroids need to be hunted in order to identify which ones may endanger Earth, and analyzing the big data puzzle of asteroid detection has been an arduous process. That is, until the power of crowdsourcing was discovered.

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EO Smart Connecting Car 2 prototype Courtesy of Dipl.-Inform. Timo Birnschein, DFKI GmbH

Autonomous Car Prototype Folds, Shrinks, Drives Sideways

May 12, 2015 8:44 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

A team of German software developers and designers, along with electronics and construction engineers, has developed an innovative design for a new type of electric smart “micro car.” Now in its second-phase, the prototype is able to convert from “traditional driving” to driving sideways in just seconds, with each wheel powered by its own motor. The two-seater also can shrink from eight feet to less than five feet in length.

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The first of The Planetary Society's two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015. The mission is a shakedown cruise designed to test out the CubeSat's critical systems. In 2016, the second LightSail spacecraft will pig

Solar-powered Sail could Revolutionize Satellite Control and Movement

May 11, 2015 8:32 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Last September, Cal Poly's CubeSat team and The Planetary Society unfurled a solar-powered sail that some believe could revolutionize satellite propulsion. This was a deployment test and key milestone for the LightSail project. Among those present was Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society. Lightsail is a Planetary Society initiative with the goal of demonstrating effective use of solar sails for satellite control and movement.

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A sunset shot of the HASP payload prior to release from the launch vehicle

The High Altitude Student Platform: Fostering Excitement in Aerospace

May 8, 2015 8:23 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The major goals of HASP are to foster student excitement in an aerospace career path and to help address workforce development issues in this area. HASP provides a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products. By getting the students involved with every aspect of the program, HASP hopes to enhance technical skills and research abilities.

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First Look at the Rift, Shipping Q1 2016

May 7, 2015 9:16 am | by Oculus VR | Comments

Since the earliest days of the Oculus Kickstarter, the Rift has been shaped by gamers, backers, developers, and enthusiasts around the world. Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year.

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“An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?”

The Martian: From Self-Published Blog to Major Motion Picture

May 6, 2015 9:38 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The Martian is Weir’s first novel. He started the book in 2009, researching it to be as realistic as possible based on existing technology, and posting it to his blog chapter by chapter. The story unfolded over the course of several years, but Weir has stated that he knows the exact date of each day in The Martian.

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Mike Hoard is Senior Staff, Product Marketing, at Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions.

Hadoop on Lustre: A Storage Blueprint for Deriving Value from Data

April 27, 2015 4:00 pm | by Mike Hoard, Seagate Cloud Systems and Solutions | Comments

As ubiquitous as the term “big data” has become, the path for drawing real, actionable insights hasn’t always been as clear. And the need is only becoming greater as organizations generate greater and greater amounts of structured and unstructured data. While data-intensive computing is not new to (HPC environments, newer analytic frameworks, including Hadoop, are emerging as viable compasses for navigating the complex amounts of data.

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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 | 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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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. | 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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There are (so far) 1,800 known planets beyond our solar system, but among all of them, there's no place like Earth. This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking you to share pictures and video of your favorite places on Earth using social media – and tag them

#NoPlaceLikeHome: Amazing Places and Landscapes on Our Home Planet

April 7, 2015 10:03 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

NASA’s question is a simple one: What is your favorite place on Earth? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Earth Day project is seeking “to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet” by issuing an open invitation to share photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.

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Cutting-edge brain research is helping some people with paraplegia walk and helping some blind people see. Courtesy of the National Science Foundation

Exploring the Unknown Frontier of the Brain

April 6, 2015 3:56 pm | by James L. Olds, National Science Foundation | Comments

To a large degree, your brain is what makes you... you. It controls your thinking, problem solving and voluntary behaviors. At the same time, your brain helps regulate critical aspects of your physiology, such as your heart rate and breathing. And yet your brain — a nonstop multitasking marvel — runs on only about 20 watts of energy, the same wattage as an energy-saving light bulb.

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Genomics processing is now moving mainstream to clinical applications, as new approaches to diagnosing and treatment involving genomics are gaining interest.

Efficient, Time Sensitive Execution of Next-gen Sequencing Pipelines Critical for Translational Medicine

April 6, 2015 3:26 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Demand for genomics processing is rapidly spreading from research labs to the clinical arena. Genomics is now a "must have" tool for researchers in areas of oncology and rare diseases. It is also becoming a requirement in the clinical space for precision medicine, translational medicine and similar "bench to bedside" initiatives.

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EcoDataCenter is building the world’s first climate-positive data center, projected to attain the highest level of availability and also to have an exceptionally high performance level, with a guaranteed uptime of 100 percent.

Building the World's First Climate-positive Data Center

April 1, 2015 3:35 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Around the world, data centers pump out hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 every year. As companies like Microsoft, Apple and Facebook are seeking to become greener and, at the same time, to lower their power costs, they moving away from fossil fuels like coal to generate electricity. Taking things another step further, in North Sweden’s town of Falun, a game-changing data center is being built in tandem with a local energy system.

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Lights go out at Singapore’s 2014 flagship Earth Hour event

Lights in Over 7,000 Cities will go out for Earth Hour this Saturday

March 25, 2015 5:26 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

The World Wildlife Fund’s ninth annual Earth Hour is set to roll across the globe at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The world’s largest grassroots movement will range across six continents and the world’s 24 time zones in order to unify a global community bound by individual actions on climate. As in past years, many of the world's most famous landmarks and other non-essential lights will go dark for one hour.

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The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST Championship, bringing skills, enthusiasm, infectious good will and, of course, hundreds of amazing robots of all sizes to engage in friendly competition.

FIRST Championship: The Ultimate Sport for the Mind

March 20, 2015 2:43 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

FIRST Championship is an annual three-and-a-half-day robotics competition that is the culmination of several FIRST programs. The high-tech spectator event brings together three separate robotics competitions. The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST Championship, bringing skills, enthusiasm, infectious good will and, of course, hundreds of amazing robots.

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