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Schatz and colleagues describe genomics as a “four-headed beast.”  They refer to the separate problems of data acquisition, storage, distribution and analysis.

The Alpha Beast in the Big Data Forest: Genomics

July 13, 2015 | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Comments

Who’s about to become the biggest beast in the Big Data forest? Math and computing experts have arrived at what they say is a clear answer. It’s not YouTube or Twitter, social media sites that gobble up awesome quantities of bandwidth. And it’s not astronomy or particle physics, two of the highest-tech sciences. No, the alpha beast in the Big Data forest, the experts say, turns out to be genomics.

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Amateur Astronomers Spot One-in-a-billion Star

Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — July 24-30

July 31, 2015 2:18 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

In case you missed them, here’s another chance to catch this week’s biggest hits. A rare image of ISS passing in front of the moon; breakthrough memory technology; the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star; amateur astronomers spotting a highly-unusual star system; AI experts warning against killer robots; and text from a damaged 1,500-year-old scroll brought back to life — all among our top stories.

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Scalable statistics and machine-learning algorithms are essential for extracting insights from big data, including the increasingly massive datasets being generated by advanced imaging tools used in astronomy, genomics, climate studies and the life scienc

Data Deluge Pushes Mass Spec Imaging to New Heights

July 31, 2015 12:31 pm | by Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences | Comments

Scalable statistics and machine-learning algorithms are essential for extracting insights from big data, including increasingly massive datasets being generated by advanced imaging tools used in astronomy, genomics, climate studies and the life sciences. To develop better methods for analyzing these datasets, MANTISSA supports development of novel algorithms that allow new software tools in a variety of science domains to run at scale.

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Writing in the International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, researchers in Denmark explain how the new paradigm of a digital healthcare system, as it matures, is putting the picture of the doctor-patient relationship in an entirely new f

Heal Thyself, Patient 2.0

July 31, 2015 11:26 am | by David Bradley, Inderscience | Comments

Researchers in Denmark explain how the new paradigm of a digital healthcare system, as it matures, is putting the picture of the doctor-patient relationship in an entirely new frame, and not always in a positive way. The advent of electronic healthcare records and the mobile computer in the form of the laptop, tablet and smart phone has led to the notion of patient empowerment.

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SoftBank's CEO Masayoshi Son greets pepper, the company's robot, during a press conference in Maihama, near Tokyo. IBM Watson said it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank to share Watson with startups and universities

IBM's Watson Computing Technology learns Japanese

July 31, 2015 10:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

IBM Watson computing technology, which has helped organize massive data, as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said July 30, 2015, it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank to share Watson with startups and universities in Japan for a variety of consumer applications, starting in October.

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Arachnid Close-up -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Arachnid Close-up

July 31, 2015 9:30 am | Comments

This 100X image of an arachnid received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using polarized light and oblique illumination.

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Atomic structure of black phosphorus and n/p-type transistor property of BP transistor

Black Phosphorus could Replace Silicon Computer Chips

July 31, 2015 9:01 am | by Daniel Kopperud, Institute for Basic Science | Comments

Silicon Valley got its nickname from the multitude of computer chip manufacturers that sprung up in the surrounding area in the 1980s. Despite its ubiquity as a chip building material, silicon may be facing some competition from a new version of an old substance. Researchers working have created a high performance transistor using black phosphorus that has revealed some fascinating results.

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Lockheed Martin announced the formation of a new healthcare technology alliance, combining the expertise of leading health IT providers, medical technology companies and academic institutions to advance public health.  The Lockheed Martin Healthcare Techn

Lockheed Martin Launches Healthcare Technology Alliance

July 31, 2015 8:32 am | by Lockheed Martin | Comments

Lockheed Martin announced the formation of a new healthcare technology alliance, combining the expertise of leading health IT providers, medical technology companies and academic institutions to advance public health. The Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance’s founding members include: Cisco, Cloudera, Illumina, Intel and Montgomery College.

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researchers said they spent months analyzing the data and concluded that 67P contains at least 16 organic compounds.

Philae Probe Finds Evidence that Comets can be Cosmic Labs

July 30, 2015 4:46 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled. Philae, which is part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, used two separate instruments to 'sniff' for molecules during its bumpy landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November. Researchers said they spent months analyzing the data.

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On July 29, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to ensure the United States continues to lead in the development and deployment of cutting-edge computing systems, which are essent

Obama Issues Executive Order to Ensure U.S. will lead in High Performance Computing

July 30, 2015 3:15 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

On July 29, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative to ensure the U.S. continues to lead in the development and deployment of cutting-edge computing systems, which are essential to economic competitiveness, scientific discovery and national security. HPC systems are vital to the Nation’s interests in science, medicine, engineering, technology and industry.

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“Ethernet is in a very dynamic period; there’s an exceptional level of energy and excitement driving this technology forward into a diversifying range of rates, applications and market spaces,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance

Ethernet’s Relevance Increasing in Rapidly Diversifying Base of Markets and Applications

July 30, 2015 1:53 pm | by Ethernet Alliance | Comments

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, commended the progress made by the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group during its recent Plenary meeting. With a variety of standards advancing to balloting and the formation of new study groups, the gains achieved at the meeting closely parallel the milestones as outlined in the Ethernet Alliance’s 2015 Ethernet Roadmap.

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The objective of this observation is to examine a light-toned deposit in a region of what is called “chaotic terrain.” There are indications of layers in the image.

Chaotic Terrain: Light-toned Deposit on Mars

July 30, 2015 12:03 pm | by HIRISE Science Team | Comments

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this close-up image of a light-toned deposit in Aureum Chaos, a 229-mile-wide area in the eastern part of Valles Marineris. The objective of this observation is to examine a light-toned deposit in a region of what is called “chaotic terrain.” There are indications of layers in the image.

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Users of developerWorks Recipes can tap into IBM's platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications.

IBM Launches New Internet of Things Community for Developers

July 30, 2015 8:38 am | by IBM | Comments

IBM announced the launch of a new community, IBM developerWorks Recipes, designed to help developers quickly learn how to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices. Users of developerWorks Recipes can tap into IBM's platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications.

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3D Xpoint technology wafers are currently running in production lines at Intel Micron Flash Technologies fab

Intel and Micron Report Breakthrough Memory Technology

July 29, 2015 11:13 am | by Intel | Comments

Intel and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that they say has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, Intel reports that 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

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Sea-surface temperature off the southwest coast of the UK. The data were acquired on July 20–26, 2015, by the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers on NOAA-19 and MetOp-B.

Surfing for Science: Sea-surface Temperatures Collected via GPS and Ankle Leash Sensors

July 29, 2015 10:44 am | by ESA | Comments

Thanks to a new system developed by scientists in the UK, taking to the waves for a spot of surfing can benefit research into the health of coastal waters, and could help confirm satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature. The system allows surfers to measure the temperature of the sea every time they head for the surf. Potentially, this could provide 40 million in situ measurements per year around the UK alone.

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Directional emission of light: The figure shows the calculations of the photon emission in the new directional photon source. If the spin of the electron points up, the photon is emitted in one direction (blue). If the spin of the electron points down, th

Quantum Networks: In New Type of Photonic Channels, Back and Forth Not Equal Distances

July 29, 2015 10:26 am | by Niels Bohr Institute | Comments

Quantum technology based on light has great potential for radically new information technology based on photonic circuits. Up to now, photons in quantum photonic circuits have behaved in the same way, whether they moved forward or backward in a channel. This has limited ability to control the photons and to build complex circuits for photonic quantum computers. In a new type of photonic channels, back and forth are not equal distances.

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