With cutting-edge technology, sometimes the first step scientists face is just making sure it actually works as intended. The University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering is home to the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center, a super-cooled, magnetically shielded facility specially built to house the first commercially available quantum computing processors
An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it is rolled out to Launch Pad-0A at...
Particle Fever, an award-winning documentary that has garnered international attention...
NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa, a place where...
This 5x image of peripheral nerves in an E11.5 mouse embryo won 14th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Zhong Hua of the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, MD, using confocal microscopy.
The Galápagos Islands are home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world, with more than 50 eruptions in the last 200 years. Yet until recently, scientists knew far more about the history of finches, tortoises, and iguanas than of the volcanoes on which these unusual fauna had evolved.
Two days before the scheduled launch to Mars, the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft rolled out of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad, Saturday, November 16, 2013, Cape Canaveral, FL.
Astronomers at the University of Washington have developed a new method of gauging the atmospheric pressure of exoplanets, or worlds beyond the solar system, by looking for a certain type of molecule. And if there is life out in space, scientists may one day use this same technique to detect its biosignature — the telltale chemical signs of its presence — in the atmosphere of an alien world.
When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night? A battery, perhaps, or an old diesel generator? Perhaps something strange and new. Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences envision a device that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space.
Here is an agency-by-agency summary of President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2015, beginning next Oct. 1. The top-line figures do not include spending on automatic entitlement benefits like Medicare and Social Security. The top-line figures for each agency also omit the $55.4 billion "opportunity" initiative Obama would divide equally between domestic and military programs.
This 40x image of a nerve and muscle thin section won 19th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. David Ward of dgward.com in Oakdale, CA, using brightfield and image stacking techniques.
Optical data storage does not require expensive magnetic materials as synthetic alternatives work just as well. This is the finding of an international team from York, Berlin and Nijmegen, published Thursday February 27 in Applied Physics Letters. The team’s discovery brings the much cheaper method...
Welcome to Informatics Snapshot — a feature that highlights the standout properties of the current crop of laboratory informatics systems. While not intended to be a full formal review of the featured product or to indicate whether the product is considered “good” or “bad,” its purpose is to present some of the “diamonds and rust,” as the Joan Baez song goes. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the LabX system
Big Data tools such as Grok and IBM Watson are enabling large organizations to behave more like agile startups. Of the transformative technology developments that have ushered in the current frenzy of activity along the information superhighway, the 1994 invention of the “Wiki” by Ward Cunningham is among the most disruptive.
The 10-day tour of Europe was not your typical itinerary — Garching, Karlsruhe, Villigen, Hamburg and Oxford. In January. But David Brown and Craig Tull of the Computational Research Division and Alex Hexemer of the Advanced Light Source weren’t touring to see the sights — they more interested in seeing the lights — powerful scientific instruments known as light sources that use intense X-rays to study materials
The Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced the winners of its second annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards on February 4, 2014, during the annual NERSC User Group meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
On February 24, 2014, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. These SDO images from 7:25 p.m. EST on February 24 show the first moments of this X-class flare in different wavelengths of light
Just as Netflix uses an algorithm to recommend movies we ought to see, a Stanford software system offers by-the-moment advice to thousands of server-farm computers on how to efficiently share the workload. We hear a lot about the future of computing in the cloud, but not much about the efficiency of the data centers that make the cloud possible, where clusters work together to host applications ranging from big data analytics
This 5x image of a sheet weaver spider (Pityohyphantes phrygianus) with a parasitic wasp larva on its abdomen won 16th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition and was taken by Mr. Geir Drange of Asker, Norway, using reflected light and focus stacking.
An international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York has paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency. Magnetic materials are currently used to store almost all digital information. However, with information processing and storage now making up a significant fraction of the world's energy consumption
Scientists at EPFL have analyzed data from the Large Hadron Collider that offer a first-time observation of an unexpected photon polarization. When emitted in a bottom-quark particle decay, photons behave unlike the predictions of the Standard Model. Elementary particles, like photons, have a...
Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report of two of the world's leading scientific organizations. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, which is the national scientific academy of the United Kingdom, are releasing an unusual plain language report on climate change that addressed 20 issues in a question-and-answer format.
Our galaxy is looking far more crowded and hospitable. NASA on February 26, 2014, confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system. Scientists using the planet-hunting Kepler telescope pushed the number of planets discovered in the galaxy to about 1,700. Twenty years ago, astronomers had not found any planets circling stars other than the ones revolving around our sun.
On February 19, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over the Great Lakes and captured this striking false-colored image of the heavily frozen Great Lakes — one of the hardest freeze-ups in four decades.
NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said February 25, 2104. The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.
The Leiden astrophysicist Alexey Boyarsky and his fellow researchers may have identified a trace of dark matter that could signify a new particle: the sterile neutrino. A research group in Harvard reported a very similar signal just a few days earlier.
Former astronaut Dale Gardner, who helped haul a stranded satellite into the space shuttle during a 1984 spacewalk, died February 19, 2014, at age 65. Gardner flew two shuttle missions, in 1983 and 1984. He logged 337 hours in space and 225 Earth orbits, and he went on two spacewalks totaling 12 hours.
This 200x image of a mouse vertebra section won 13th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Michael Paul Nelson and Samantha Smith of theDepartment of Pathology/Neuropathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham using focus stacking.
How do you build a universal quantum computer? Turns out, this question was addressed by theoretical physicists about 15 years ago. The answer was laid out in a research paper and has become known as the DiVincenzo criteria. The prescription is pretty clear at a glance; yet in practice the physical implementation of a full-scale universal quantum computer remains an extraordinary challenge.
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