In case you missed them, here’s another chance to catch his week’s biggest hits. Evocative new high-def views of the Iconic Pillars of Creation; the world’s first digital map of global seafloor geology; this year's El Nino predicted to be among the strongest since 1950; test results reveal more detail about the God particle; and six amazing sights that look even better from the International Space Station were all among our top stories.
Explaining the Molecular Machinery of Sight: The Faster You Go, The Faster You Get to the PhotoproductFebruary 10, 2016 3:55 pm | by Ohio Supercomputer Center | Comments
Every significant breakthrough — from a baby’s curiosity to a scientist etching his or her name in the history books — begins with one question, one syllable, one word: Why? One of the more concentrated “whys” biologists often seek to answer relates to why our eyes select specific molecules in their formation, as opposed to other more stable ones. The key to understanding this lies in rhodopsins, or retinal proteins.
Imagine that, before performing surgery, doctors could consult software that would determine the actual effectiveness of the procedure before even lifting a scalpel. With the use of a computational model of the human airway being developed by Jeff Eldredge, people who suffer from sleep apnea may one day benefit from such a scenario. Eldredge developed a tool that simulates air-tissue interactions in the upper airway of patients.
Intel has opened a second parallel computing center at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The focus of this new engagement is on earthquake research, including detailed computer simulations of major seismic activity that can be used to better inform and assist disaster recovery and relief efforts. The PCC program provides funding to universities, institutions and research labs for modernizing key community computer codes.
According to a new market research report, the HPC market is estimated to grow from USD 28.08 billion in 2015 and projected to be of USD 36.62 billion by 2020, at a high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.45% during the forecast period. The scope of the report covers detailed information regarding the major factors influencing the growth of the HPC market, such as drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges.
The OpenPOWER Foundation has announced the lineup of speakers for the OpenPOWER Summit 2016, taking place April 5 to 8, 2016, at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference. The Summit will bring together dozens of technology leaders from the OpenPOWER Foundation to showcase the latest advancements in the OpenPOWER ecosystem, including collaborative hardware, software and application developments — all designed to revolutionize the data center.
At first glance, this scene may look like a reptilian eye or a textured splash of orange paint, but it is actually a fish-eye view of Saturn’s moon Titan. It was acquired at a height of about five kilometers as ESA’s Huygens probe, part of the international Cassini-Huygens mission, descended through Titan’s atmosphere before landing.
Do you think you know all there is to know about Star Wars? You may change your mind after reading this article. Using a new computer program, researchers revealed some interesting statistics on the famous saga. Drawing on the principles of graph theory, which harnesses computing power and mathematical calculations, they analyzed hundreds of web pages devoted to the legendary film series.
Want to see the future of gaming? Look in the mirror. Video games are increasingly allowing players to custom design their own characters. Until now, players relied on predesigned faces and body types provided by a game’s creators. But a new set of free tools allows players to upload their own face and body into a game. It takes just four minutes to scan and upload a digital avatar, and the kit supports a range of game engines.
Cure for Medical Research’s Big Data Headache: Smart Data Tool Accelerates Literature-based DiscoveryFebruary 9, 2016 11:09 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments
As medical research has become more specialized, understanding of the human body has increased, resulting in enhanced treatments, new drugs and better health outcomes. A side effect of this information explosion, however, is the fragmentation of knowledge. With thousands of new articles being published every day, developments that could inform and add context to medicine’s global body of knowledge often go unnoticed.
ESA astronaut Tim Peake took this image of London, UK, from the International Space Station 400 kilometers above Earth. At the time, it was midnight in the capital city and, because the Space Station runs on Greenwich Mean Time, it was also the same time for Tim Peake. Tim took this photo from the Space Station’s European-built Cupola observatory. Such a clear image is rare.
If you enter “Oklahoma” in a search engine, you might get a travelog, news about the oil industry, Oklahoma State football scores or an article on Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. What appears at the top of the list might — and should — depend on what you were actually looking for. Web search engines, social media sites and retailers that offer recommendations sometimes personalize ranking of results by looking at your search history.
Mathematicians have developed, trialed and tested a formula which enables pancake-lovers across the world to rustle-up pancakes to their own personal preference, taking into account the number of pancakes required, thickness and pan size. Whether you're feeding a hungry family of six, or simply wishing to treat yourself on Shrove Tuesday, the formula will help you prepare the perfect pancake feast.
What if computers could recognize objects as well as the human brain? Engineers have taken an important step with a pedestrian detection system that performs in near real-time with higher accuracy compared to existing systems. The technology could be used in smart vehicles, robotics and image and video search systems. The algorithm combines traditional computer vision classification, known as cascade detection, with deep learning.
Analysis of ancient Babylonian tablets reveals that the tablets' makers used geometry to calculate the position of Jupiter — using a technique that was previously believed to have been developed at least 1400 years later in 14th century Europe. Babylon was an ancient and powerful epicenter in the Middle East. While several hundred fragmented tablets exist, analysis of just five reveals advanced geometry techniques.
Registration is now open for the 60th HPC User Forum, taking place April 11-13 at the Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ. The forum offers the chance to hear top experts on high-innovation, high-growth areas of the high performance computing market. HPC User Forum meetings are open to anyone with an interest in high performance computing or high performance data analysis (big data using HPC), including users, vendors, funders and others.