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The background photograph was taken using the softball-sized camera, the Explorer (shown here). Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT, photo courtesy of Bounce Imaging

Tactical Toss Camera sends Panoramic Images Back to Smartphone

June 26, 2015 11:18 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT | News | Comments

Unseen areas are troublesome for police and first responders: Rooms can harbor dangerous gunmen, while collapsed buildings can conceal survivors. In July, a startup will release its first line of tactical spheres, equipped with cameras and sensors that can be tossed into potentially hazardous areas to instantly transmit panoramic images of those areas back to a smartphone, giving officers and rescuers a safe glimpse into the unknown.

Monster Black Hole wakes after 26 Years

June 25, 2015 9:56 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Over the past week, ESA's Integral satellite has been observing an exceptional outburst of high-...

Swarm Satellites begin to Untangle Magnetic Complexity

June 23, 2015 10:18 am | by ESA | News | Comments

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and...

Hot Lava Flows Discovered on Venus

June 23, 2015 9:34 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Some models of planetary evolution suggest that Venus was resurfaced in a cataclysmic flood of...

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Why Legendary Motorcycle Racer John McGuinness is so Fast

June 10, 2015 10:44 am | by EMC | News | Comments

At the Isle of Man TT races, EMC is announcing the results of a new data analytics competition designed to unlock the secret of what makes John McGuinness, the 'Morecambe Missile,' so fast. At the Circuit Monteblanco in Spain, EMC captured over 700,000 rows of performance, biometric and mechanical data from sensors fitted on the racing suits and bikes of both John and a control subject.

In this May 26, 2015, photo a boat is paddled down a flooded street in Houston. Feeling soggy? Federal officials calculate that last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous U.S. On average 4.36 inches of rain and snow fell over the Lower 48 in

May was Wettest Month in US Records

June 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Feeling soggy? Last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States, according to federal meteorologists. On average 4.36 inches of rain and snow — mostly rain — fell over the Lower 48 in May, sloshing past October 2009, which had been the wettest month in U.S. records with 4.29 inches. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration records go back to 1895.

It’s always Pluto Time somewhere, and NASA wants to see your view, using a new interactive widget that provides the approximate time, based on your location.

NASA Lets You Experience “Pluto Time” with New Interactive Widget

June 8, 2015 2:24 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Just how dim is the sunlight on Pluto, some three billion miles away?  While sunlight is much weaker than it is here on Earth, it isn’t as dark as you might expect. In fact, for just a moment during dawn and dusk each day, the illumination on Earth matches that of high noon on Pluto. We call this “Pluto Time”. If you go outside at this time on a clear day, the world around you will be as dim as the surface of Pluto.

Maysak Becomes a Super Typhoon -- Courtesy of NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team – click to enlarge

Maysak Becomes a Super Typhoon

June 8, 2015 12:26 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Typhoon Maysak as it strengthened into a super typhoon on March 31, 2015, reaching Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. The TRMM and GPM satellites, both satellites are co-managed by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency captured rainfall and cloud data that revealed heavy rainfall and high thunderstorms in the strengthening storm.

This illustration provided by NASA/JPL/Mark Showalter, SETI Institute depicts Pluto and its five moons from a perspective looking away from the sun. It is adapted from a classic Voyager I montage of Jupiterís Galilean moons, and is intended to highlight s

Solar System's Weirdest Dance Scene: The Moons around Pluto

June 4, 2015 3:45 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

There's a chaotic dance going on at the far end of our solar system, involving Pluto and five of its closest friends, a new study finds. Hubble Space Telescope images of Pluto, its largest moon Charon, and tinier moons Styx, Nix, Hydra and Kerberos show the odd rhythmic gyrations of the six distant objects in a dance unlike anything in our solar system. What makes it so odd is that there's a double set of dances going on.

The North launched its first and only satellite in 2012. The claim that it is working on another, made in an interview last week with an AP Television crew in Pyongyang, comes amid a flurry of attention to the country's fledgling space agency,

North Korea Developing New Satellite, Defends Space Program

June 4, 2015 3:33 pm | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korean space agency officials say the country is developing a more advanced Earth observation satellite and are defending their right to conduct rocket launches whenever they see fit, despite protests that the launches are aimed primarily at honing military technologies. The North launched its first and only satellite in 2012. The claim  it is working on another comes amid a flurry of attention to its fledgling space agency.

Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who've claimed that that heating trends have paused.  Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted th

New Fed Data Shows No Stopping or Slowing of Global Warming

June 4, 2015 2:20 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who've claimed that that heating trends have paused. Scientists at NOAA readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that, since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been since 1950.

Researchers are retrofitting the 4-meter Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona, adding enormous lenses that give a huge field of view. A set of 5000 optical fibers are used to pick off light from up to 5000 galaxies at a time. The fibers direct light t

Next-gen Experiment will Create Largest 3-D Map of Universe, Help Test Dark Energy Theories

June 4, 2015 9:21 am | by Kate Greene, Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences | News | Comments

For the past several years, scientists at Berkeley Lab have been planning the construction of and developing technologies for a very special instrument that will create the most extensive three-dimensional map of the universe to date. Called DESI for Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, this project will trace the growth history of the universe. Unprecedented in its size and scope, it will allow scientists to test dark energy theories.

When you look at this photograph, what colors are the dress?

Stories You Shouldn’t Miss — May 15-21

May 22, 2015 11:56 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

In case you haven’t caught them yet, here's a recap of this week's most popular stories. Looking at the universe as a hologram; diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water; first observations of a rare subatomic process; a big data history of music charts; secrets of colossal, invisible waves; perceptions of dress colors; and more are among the top hits.

The thin electronic mesh stretches with the skin and can monitor data from the brain, muscles, heart, temperature, movement, hydration and strain. It lasts up to two weeks before the skin's natural exfoliation causes it to come away.

Age of Wearable Computing Delivers BioStamp Electronic Skin

May 20, 2015 3:32 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

MC10  is developing a technology that will allow digital circuits to be embedded in bendable, stretchable materials, which allows exploration of entirely new form factors for electronics — including a form of “electronic skin.” MC10 has overcome the rigidity of normal electronic components by printing them in very small pieces and arranging them in wavy patterns. BioStamp, a flexible computing prototype, can be worn constantly.

Star Formation and Magnetic Turbulence in the Orion Molecular Cloud -- Courtesy of ESA and the Planck Collaboration – click to enlarge

Star Formation and Magnetic Turbulence in the Orion Molecular Cloud

May 19, 2015 3:17 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

With blue hues suggestive of marine paradises and a texture evoking the tranquil flow of sea waves, this image might make us daydream of sandy beaches and exotic holiday destinations. Instead, the subject of the scene is intense and powerful, because it depicts the formation of stars in the turbulent billows of gas and dust of the Orion Molecular Cloud.

In this photo, Mount St. Helens spews smoke, soot and ash into the sky in Washington state following a major eruption on May 18, 1980. May 18, 2015 is the 35th anniversary of the eruption that killed more than 50 people and blasted more than 1,300 feet of

A Look Back 35 Years after Mount St. Helens' Deadly Eruption

May 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top and raining volcanic ash for miles around. Today, the volcano has become a world-class outdoor laboratory for the study of volcanoes, ecosystems and forestry, and scientists are constantly recording activity in and around the mountain.

Three papers discuss why this dress image is seen differently by different observers. Courtesy of Cecilia Bleasdale

What Colors are the Dress? Three Perspectives on Why the Image is seen Differently

May 15, 2015 3:57 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

When you look at this photograph, what colors are the dress? Some see blue and black stripes, others see white and gold stripes. This striking variation took the Internet by storm in February; now Current Biology is publishing three short papers on why the image is seen differently by different observers, and what this tells us about the complicated workings of color perception.

Mapping World Air Traffic from Space -- Courtesy of ESA/DLR/SES – click to enlarge

Detecting and Mapping World Air Traffic from Space

May 15, 2015 9:51 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Aircraft positions are picked up by the Proba-V mini-satellite, using an experimental ADS-B receiver. These signals are regularly broadcast from aircraft, giving flight information such as speed, position and altitude. Proba-V has picked up upwards of 25 million positions from more than 15,000 separate aircraft. The team has identified more than 22,000 unique call signs, identifying more than 15,000 aircraft.

This four-second time-lapse photo of a Los Angeles freeway illustrates the complexities of decision-making, as one driver appears to have made a late change of mind while most drivers decided in advance whether to stay on the main road or take an exit ram

Mind Reading: Algorithm Enables Moment-by-moment Analysis of Brain Activity

May 6, 2015 12:01 pm | by Janet Rae-Dupree and Tom Abate, Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers studying how the brain makes decisions have, for the first time, recorded the moment-by-moment fluctuations in brain signals that occur when a monkey making free choices has a change of mind. The findings result from experiments led by electrical engineering Professor Krishna Shenoy, whose Stanford lab focuses on movement control and neural prostheses — such as artificial arms — controlled by the user's brain.

See Flower Cells in 3-D — No Electron Microscopy Required

May 1, 2015 9:17 am | by Botanical Society of America | News | Comments

Scientists require high-resolution imaging of plant cells to study everything from fungal infections to reproduction in maize. These images are captured with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), where an electron microscope focuses beams of electrons to increase magnification of objects. SEM is a common technique for all fields of science.

Amin Amini Maghsoud Bigy and Dr. Konstantinos Banitsas have turned Microsoft’s Kinect computer games controller into a system that can counter two of the most common and distressing symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Hacked Kinect Computer Games Controller a Game-changer for Parkinson’s

May 1, 2015 8:58 am | by Brunel University London | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a system for Parkinson’s sufferers to counter two of the most common and distressing symptoms of the degenerative disease.They have turned Microsoft’s Kinect computer games controller into a system that can be installed into a patient’s own home.

Caption: Florida from Lake Okeechobee to Part of Everglades National Park -- Courtesy of ESA, Copernicus data (2014) – click to enlarge

Florida from Lake Okeechobee to Part of Everglades National Park

April 30, 2015 5:06 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

Part of the US state of Florida is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-1A satellite. The peninsula sits between the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The large body of water at the top of the image is the freshwater Lake Okeechobee. Covering about 1900 sq km, the lake is very shallow with a maximum depth of about 4 m.

The mesmerizing first-place video demonstrates the development of the zebrafish lateral line, a sensory organ analogous to the inner ear of humans that, in fish, senses movements in the surrounding water.

Time-Lapse Video of Zebrafish "Inner Ear" Development Wins 1st Place in Nikon Small World in Motion Competition

April 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Nikon | News | Comments

Nikon Instruments has announced the winners of the fourth annual Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition. First place for the 2014 competition is awarded to Dr. Mariana Muzzopappa and Jim Swoger for their stunning capture of the development of a zebrafish lateral line — a process that could provide insight into curing deafness in humans.

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has captured a new high-energy X-ray view (magenta) of the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy. The smaller circle shows the center of our galaxy where the NuSTAR image was taken. Courtesy of NA

Telescope Array Captures Possible 'Screams' from Zombie Stars

April 30, 2015 9:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions.

Earthquake deformation: By combining Sentinel-1A imagery acquired before and after the quake, changes on the ground that occurred between the two acquisition dates lead to rainbow-colored interference patterns in the combined image, known as an ‘interfero

Satellite Images Supporting Emergency Aid in Nepal

April 30, 2015 9:30 am | by ESA | News | Comments

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organizations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyze the effects of the earthquake on the land.

From joy to sadness, facial expressions could soon be decipherable to robots.

Making Robots More Human

April 30, 2015 9:20 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions — from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling — to tell what others are feeling. Now, scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that can do the same thing. Their technology, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help robot developers make their machines more human.

Aaron Johnson, former professional singer and Beckman Institute affiliate faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, sings “If I Only Had a Brain” from The Wizard of Oz to demonstrate the real-time imaging capabilities of the magnetic

Super-Fast MRI Technique shows what it looks Like to Sing 'If I Only Had a Brain'

April 27, 2015 9:32 am | by Beckman Institute | News | Comments

In order to sing or speak, around one hundred different muscles in our chest, neck, jaw, tongue and lips must work together to produce sound. Researchers investigate how all these mechanisms effortlessly work together — and how they change over time. With a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique, the vocal neuromuscular movements of singing and speaking can now be captured at 100 frames per second.

Yellowstone sits on top of four overlapping calderas. Courtesy of US NPS

Huge Magma Chamber Spied under Yellowstone Supervolcano

April 24, 2015 1:58 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Scientists have spied a vast reservoir of hot, partly molten rock beneath the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park. It's big enough to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over. The gigantic magma chamber is four times bigger and much deeper than the previously known chamber above it. The upper chamber was responsible for three ancient volcanic eruptions that coated much of North America in ash.

This LiDAR image from the CAO shows the Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon. The ancient meanders and oxbows are in blue extending out from the existing river in black. Higher terraced regions are in pink. Courtesy of Greg Asner, The Carnegie Airborne

Carnegie Launches Next-gen Airborne Laboratory for Earth

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by Carnegie Science | News | Comments

Carnegie Science announces the launch of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory-3 (CAO-3), the most scientifically advanced aircraft-based mapping and data analytics system in civil aviation today. This third-generation aircraft has been completely overhauled from previous models, boasting a multitude of cutting-edge improvements to its onboard laboratory.

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