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President Barack Obama kicks a ball passed to him by a robot namesd ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, as he attends a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo

Obama's Robot Summit: Youth Science Event at the Miraikan

April 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Darlene Superville and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you." President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper.

Satellite View of the Americas

April 24, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22,...

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

April 23, 2014 7:40 pm | by Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics. Unlike conventional...

Shiny Quantum Dots Enable Photovoltaic Solar-panel Windows

April 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-...

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Keith Gray, Manager of High Performance Computing, BP

Keith Gray

April 23, 2014 3:23 pm | Biographies

Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in oil and gas.

Jack Collins, Director of the Advanced Biomedical Computing Center, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Jack Collins

April 23, 2014 3:12 pm | Biographies

Dr. Collins is the director of the Advanced Biomedical Computing Center at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. Dr. Collins’ research focuses on biomedical computing applications pertaining to cancer. His research group develops and applies high-performance algorithms to solve data-intensive computational biology problems in the areas of genomic analysis, pattern recognition in proteomics and imaging, molecular modeling, and systems biology.

Douglas B. Kothe, Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Douglas B. Kothe

April 23, 2014 3:09 pm | Biographies

Douglas B. Kothe (Doug) is the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, a DOE Innovation Hub at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Doug joined ORNL in 2006 as the Director of Science in the ORNL National Center of Computational Sciences.

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Doug Ball, Enterprise Director for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Boeing Company

Doug Ball

April 23, 2014 3:05 pm | Biographies

Doug Ball is enterprise director for computational fluid dynamics within Boeing’s Enterprise Technology Strategy. Ball provides strategic guidance and manages investments into CFD technologies across Boeing’s businesses. Earlier, he was chief engineer for all of aerodynamics within Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Alex Akkerman, High Performance Computing Senior Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company

Alex Akkerman

April 23, 2014 2:54 pm | Biographies

Alex Akkerman is a high performance computing senior technical specialist at Ford Motor Company. His team is responsible for implementation and management of HPC solutions for Ford Motor Company’s global engineering and research user community.

Quantum dot LSC devices under ultraviolet illumination.

Shiny Quantum Dots Enable Photovoltaic Solar-panel Windows

April 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight.

Matthew Mills and Ali Miri, graduate students in the University of Central Florida’s Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), have been able to extend the laser pulse from 10 inches to about seven feet. And they’re working to extend

High-energy Laser Beams may allow us to Control the Weather

April 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics and Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.

Crystallized Purple Food Dye -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Crystallized Purple Food Dye

April 23, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

This 640x image of crystallized purple food dye received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Waldo Nell of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, using a darkfield technique.

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Chetro Ketl Great Kiva in Chaco Canyon, NM

Drones Unearth More Details about Chaco Culture

April 22, 2014 3:40 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. The discovery of the structures hidden beneath layers of sediment and sagebrush is being hailed as an important step that could help archaeologists shed light on mysteries long buried by eroding desert landscapes

Intel is creating Intel Parallel Computing Centers (IPCCs) at leading institutions in HPC research to promote the modernization of essential application codes to increase their parallelism and scalability.

Intel Selects Georgia Tech as Site for Next Parallel Computing Center

April 22, 2014 12:25 pm | by Intel | News | Comments

As modern computer systems become more powerful, utilizing as many as millions of processor cores in parallel, Intel is looking for new ways to efficiently use these high performance computing (HPC) systems to accelerate scientific discovery. As part of this effort, Intel has selected Georgia Tech as the site of one of its Parallel Computing Centers.

NASA Super Guppy Makes Special Delivery -- Courtesy of NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given

NASA Super Guppy Makes Special Delivery

April 22, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

NASA’s Super Guppy, a wide-bodied cargo aircraft, landed at the Redstone Army Airfield near Huntsville, AL, on March 26, 2014, with a special delivery: an innovative composite rocket fuel tank. The Super Guppy has a hinged nose that opens and allows large cargos like the tank to be easily unloaded.

A woman smoking a cigarette while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, AL. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new AP-GfK poll shows Americans have much more doubts in other concep

Poll: Big Bang a Big Question for Most Americans

April 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Jennifer Agiesta and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago.

This October 9, 2003, photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, IL. (AP Photo/News-Gazette, John Dixon)

Engineer Vital to Moon Landing Success Dies

April 21, 2014 11:37 am | by AP | News | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. As NASA describes on its Web site, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.

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The Grand Canyon -- Courtesy of NASA

Geologic Icon: The Grand Canyon

April 21, 2014 9:04 am | by M. Justin Wilkinson, Jacobs at NASA-JSC | News | Comments

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world. The steep walls of the Colorado River canyon and its many side canyons make an intricate landscape that contrasts with the dark green, forested plateau to the north and south.

Optical microresonator © 2014 EPFL/Tobias Kippenberg

Using Light for Data Transmission on a Terabit Scale

April 20, 2014 6:34 am | by Nik Papageorgiou | News | Comments

Scientists from EPFL and KIT have achieved data transmissions on a terabit scale with a single laser light frequency using miniaturized optical frequency combs. The findings open the way for using this system in future high-speed communication systems. A continuous laser light is made of a single...

"We do not make predictions about the scientific outcomes of the simulation experiments, but we promise to build collaborative tools that will enable very exciting science," says Meier. Courtesy of F. Hentschel, Heidelberg University

Brain-derived Computing beyond Von Neumann

April 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by Nages Sieslack | Articles | Comments

Karlheinz Meier, professor of experimental physics at Heidelberg University’s Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, will deliver a keynote talk at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). The theme for this talk will be ‘Brain-derived computing beyond Von Neumann —  achievements and challenges’. Meier is one of the co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project (HBP), where he will be leading a research group

The first transuranic waste shipment arriving April 2, 2014, at the Waste Control Specialists facility in Andrews, TX. This first shipments arrived at the commercial nuclear waste dump more than a month after the nation’s only permanent repository for the

Crews Find Suspected Area of Radiation Leak, May Send Robots

April 18, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said April 17, 2014, that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

This artist's rendering shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Ea

Astronomers Spot Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

April 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced April 17, 2014, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

Mouse Small Intestine -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Mouse Small Intestine

April 18, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 200x image of a small intestinal section from a mouse expressing GFP-tagged non-muscle myosin II received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. t was taken with large format image stitch using swept-field confocal fluorescence microscopy.

Shadow Portrait Opportunity on Martian Slope -- Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope

April 17, 2014 11:45 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity caught its own silhouette in this late-afternoon image taken by the rover's rear hazard avoidance camera. This camera is mounted low on the rover and has a wide-angle lens. The image was taken looking eastward shortly before sunset

The deterministic track of the International Planning Competition is for programs designed to eliminate any element of chance from automated planning in a wide range of fields, such as logistics, robot manipulation, satellite movement and transport.

Worldwide Competition Encourages AI Breakthroughs

April 17, 2014 10:39 am | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield experts are in charge of a worldwide competition that is designed to encourage breakthroughs in the use of artificial intelligence for automated planning and scheduling. High performance computers at the University are being used to test the dozens of complex software...

Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Professor, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Queen's University of Belfast

Dimitris S. Nikolopoulos

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | Biographies

Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos is Professor in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Queen's University of Belfast, where he holds the Chair in High Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) and is Director of Research in the HPDC Cluster. His research interests include the architecture, programming, characterisation and optimisation of scalable computing systems.

Yale N. Patt, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Yale N. Patt

April 17, 2014 9:39 am | Biographies

Dr. Yale Patt is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering. He also holds the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor. He earned his B.S. at Northeastern University and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.

Thomas Lippert, Director, Jülich Supercomputing Center

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert

April 17, 2014 9:19 am | Biographies

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert is the Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.  He is the managing director of the John von Neumann-Institut für Computing (NIC), a virtual institute of the partner centres DESY (Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron, Hamburg), FZJ and GSI (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt) in the Helmholtz Association. He holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.

Rainer Spurzem, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences & University of Heidelberg

Rainer Spurzem

April 17, 2014 8:52 am | Biographies

Rainer Spurzem completed his Ph.D. at the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 1988 with a thesis on stellar systems around supermassive black holes. During the 90s he worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Kiel (Germany), bringing GRAPE special purpose computers for astrophysical N-body simulations to Europe.

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