They are the coldest objects in the Universe and are so fragile that even a single photon can heat and destroy them. Known as Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and consisting of just a cluster of atoms, it has up until now been impossible to measure and control these remarkable forms of matter simultaneously.
Scientists have, for the first time, demonstrated that climate models are able to simulate past...
Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less - via self-...
Researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) are involved in the design of a...
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.
Two EPFL scientists have shown how to achieve a dramatic increase in the capacity of optical fibers. Their simple, innovative solution reduces the amount of space required between the pulses of light that transport data. The breakthrough could increase the throughput of data in telecommunications systems by a factor of ten. Optical fibers carry data in the form of pulses of light over...
Love them or hate them, cockroaches are notoriously good escape artists and can flee at astonishing speeds. However, this speed can make it difficult to sense the world around them: 'When animals move slowly they rely mostly on their nervous system for accomplishing tasks, but as the animals are pushed to more extreme performances they face potential constraints in their nervous system, for...
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.
The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), have announced the 11 university teams from around the world for the HPCAC-ISC 2013 Student Cluster Competition during the ISC’14 program of events.
Willis Ware, a RAND Corporation engineer who in the 1960s predicted the ubiquity of the personal computer, the ways it would propel people into lives of perpetual change, and the perils it would pose for personal privacy, has died. Ware helped build the Johnniac computer, a clone of the IAS machine that helped propel the use of computers forward.
With the help of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Telescope Compact Array, an international team of astronomers has identified the glowing wreck of a star that exploded a mere 2,500 years ago — the blink of an eye in astronomical terms.
The popular math contest Who Wants to Be a Mathematician underwent a makeover this year — the contest that was administered on pen-and-paper moved to a digital format. The number of students in the contest doubled in 2013, with over 2000 students from over 150 schools participating. Maplesoft’s testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A. was used to administer the tests online, saving significant time and money for the organizers.
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the addition of Rodeo, the center's new cloud computing offering that will provide a variety of cloud services to its comprehensive set of advanced computing systems. The system is available for researchers that need large-scale resources, but prefer a virtualized, on-demand environment.