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...
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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.
Every second, a computer must process billions of computational steps to produce even the simplest outputs. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more efficient. researchers have developed a series of novel devices that do just that.
Are we on the brink of a robotics revolution? That’s what numerous media outlets asked last December when Google acquired eight robotics companies that specialize in such innovations as manipulation, vision, and humanoid robots. Among those acquisitions was MIT spinout Meka Robotics. Founded in 2006, Meka was an early creator of “compliant” humanoid robots that now work safely alongside humans in everyday environments
The upcoming world’s largest telescope has passed two critical milestones, according to founding partner The University of Texas at Austin. The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has passed major reviews on its design and cost estimates and is ready to proceed to construction.
A research collaboration has demonstrated the world's fastest silicon-based device to date. The investigators from IHP-Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics in Germany and the Georgia Institute of Technology operated a silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor at 798 gigahertz (GHz) fMAX, exceeding the previous speed record for silicon-germanium chips by about 200 GHz.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE announced the five international teams selected as finalists for Milestone Prizes, with a total purse of US$6 million to be awarded this year. The Milestone Prizes were added to recognize the technological achievements and the associated financial hurdles faced by the teams as they vie for the US$30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon by December 31, 2015.
2014 Rube Goldberg mission: zip a zipper in 20 steps. Chicago-area high school students will showcase a zany assortment of machines that can “Zip a Zipper” in 20 or more steps at this year’s 19th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Chicago Children’s Museum.
A full moon rises behind the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft onboard at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL, on November 17, 2013.
The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony. Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards February 15, 2014, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, recognizing more than 50 of the most creative scientists and engineers in the movie business.
A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.
Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of their experimental apparatus was minuscule compared to what they put into it. Still, the new work reached some significant milestones along the path to a cleaner and cheaper source of electricity
First Commercial GPU-Accelerated Fluid Dynamics Solver Dramatically Speeds Simulation of Large Multiphysics ModelsFebruary 12, 2014 4:25 pm | by ANSYS | News | Comments
ANSYS users can now leverage NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) to speed up fluid dynamics simulation and quickly handle large, complex simulation models. Available for the first time with ANSYS Fluent 15.0, the jointly developed GPU-accelerated commercial computational fluid dynamics solver broadens support for NVIDIA GPUs across the ANSYS simulation portfolio, building upon the previous success with GPU support in ANSYS Mechanical.
Writing a program to control a single autonomous robot navigating an uncertain environment with an erratic communication link is hard enough; write one for multiple robots that may or may not have to work in tandem, depending on the task, is even harder.
“When I was growing up, I thought the 'gender war' was over and women had won. But it’s still not over,” says Amy Yin ’14, cofounder of Harvard Women in Computer Science (Harvard WICS). “The biases may be more subtle now, but the statistics are not.
When Mark Baker looks up at the moon at night, he does not see magic or mystery. He ponders megawatts. Twice a day, like clockwork, the moon’s gravity makes the seas ebb and flow. For Baker, a marine renewables business manager at GE Power Conversion, the tides are the perfect source of energy, more predictable and reliable than wind or solar power. “Some U.K. locations have significant tidal head...
Itaposs not quite Star Trek communications?yet. But long-distance communications in space may be easier now that researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have designed a ...
A brain-computer interface allows people to use only their thoughts to control a flying quadcopter. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), biomedical engineer Bin He and his team at the University of Minnesota have created the interface with the goal of helping people with disabilities, such as paralysis, regain the ability to do everyday tasks.
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