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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 st

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.

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...

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...

Nukes at Sea: Floating Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 17, 2014 7:41 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011,...

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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.

This illustration shows a possible configuration of a floating offshore nuclear plant, based on design work by Jacopo Buongiorno and others at MIT´s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Like offshore oil drilling platforms, the structure would i

Nukes at Sea: Floating Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 17, 2014 7:41 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station — that caused most of the harm.

Marius Swoboda, Head of Design Systems Engineering, Rolls-Royce

Marius Swoboda

April 16, 2014 4:37 pm | Biographies

Marius Swoboda is Head of Design Systems Engineering at Rolls-Royce. His experience includes Honorary Professor at TU Berlin and Lecturer in Compressible Aerodynamics TU Berlin.

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Gerhard Wellein, Head of HPC Group, Erlangen Regional Computing Center

Gerhard Wellein

April 16, 2014 4:07 pm | Biographies

Gerhard Wellein holds a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Bayreuth and is a regular Professor at the Department for Computer Science at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He heads the HPC group at Erlangen Regional Computing Center (RRZE) and has more than ten years of experience in teaching HPC techniques to students and scientists from Computational Science and Engineering.

Frank Behrendt, Head of Chair for Energy Process Engineering & Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies, Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt

April 16, 2014 4:01 pm | Biographies

Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt got his PhD in 1989 from Heidelberg University for his work on modelling of diffusion flames including detailed chemical reaction mechanisms. Additional research on catalytic ignition and combustion including extended research stays at the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenborg, Sweden) and the Combustion Research Facility (Sandia National Laboratories, CA, USA) led to his habilitation at Stuttgart University in 1999.

Nuclear Engineer Receives E.O. Lawrence Award for Groundbreaking Computational Theory

April 16, 2014 2:01 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher John Wagner has been named a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work in advancing computer, information and knowledge sciences. Wagner, a nuclear engineer who serves as national technical director for DOE’s Nuclear Fuels Storage and Transportation Planning Project, was recognized for his leadership in the field of computational radiation transport.

Damian Rouson, Managing Director, Center for Computational Earth & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University

Damian Rouson

April 16, 2014 9:25 am | Biographies

Damian Rouson is the Managing Director of the Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.  He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. His professional interests relate primarily to software engineering for computational science and engineering and turbulence in classical, quantum, and magnetohydrodynamic flows.

Francisco José Rodrigo Duro

April 16, 2014 8:38 am | Biographies
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Investigating Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 6:36 am | by International Journal of Surgery | News | Comments

An article shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice.

Wolfgang E. Nagel, Director of the Center for Information Services & High Performance Computing (ZIH) Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel

April 15, 2014 4:26 pm | Biographies

Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel is full professor of Computer Architecture at the Institute for Computer Engineering at Technical University (TU) Dresden. He graduated from  RWTH Aachen University with a PhD, and has worked in the field of parallel programming since 1980s. He has published more than 100 papers

Thomas Ludwig, Professor of Computer Engineering, University of Hamburg, Germany

Thomas Ludwig

April 15, 2014 4:17 pm | Biographies

Thomas Ludwig received his doctoral degree and the German habilitation degree at the Technische Universität München, where he conducted research on HPC from 1988 to 2001. From 2001 to 2009 he had a chair for parallel computing at the Universität Heidelberg. Since 2009 he is the director of the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) and professor at the Universität Hamburg.

Karl Kaiser, Professor of Computer Engineering, University of Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Karl Kaiser

April 15, 2014 4:13 pm | Biographies

Dr. Karl Kaiser has been a professor of Computer Engineering (with focus on Industrial Data Processing and Autonomous Mobile Systems) at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Hamburg. He was also the dean of the department from 1985-1988 and the Director of the Regional Computing Center (RRZ) of the University of Hamburg

Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Tennessee

Jack Dongarra

April 15, 2014 4:09 pm | Biographies

Jack Dongarra specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004 and in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing

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Frank Baetke, Global HPC-Technology Program, HP

Dr. Frank Baetke

April 15, 2014 3:58 pm | Biographies

Dr. Baetke manages HP's Global HPC-Technology Program for academic and research institutions. Dr. Baetke is a director & board member of HP-CAST, the world-wide user group of HP-HPC; he is an advisory board member of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC); a member of the Indian Supercomputing Conference (HiPC) steering committee; he also serves on the committees of several international High Performance Computing conferences.

Robot Sub Returns to Water after 1st Try Cut Short

April 15, 2014 3:01 pm | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission on April 15, 2014, after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said. Its first planned 16-hour search lasted just six and none of the data collected by the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 submarine offered clues to the whereabouts of the plane.

NASA Images May Reveal Birth of New Saturn Moon

April 15, 2014 2:57 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons. Images taken with Cassini's narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's A ring  the outermost of the planet's large, bright rings.

Satellite Ready for Launch from Cape Canaveral

April 15, 2014 11:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-L) spacecraft on board arrives at the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41. The TDRS-L spacecraft is the second of three new satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA by expanding the lifespan of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) fleet

Scientists Gain New Insight into Mysterious Electronic Phenomenon

April 15, 2014 2:25 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

For more than a quarter of a century, high-temperature superconductors have perplexed scientists who seek to understand the physical phenomena responsible for their unique properties. Thanks to a new study, researchers have identified and solved at least one paradox in the behavior of high-temperature superconductors. The riddle involves a phenomenon called the “pseudogap”

Hubble Extends Stellar Tape Measure 10X Farther into Space

April 14, 2014 2:25 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away — 10 times farther than previously possible. Scientists have developed yet another novel way to use the 24-year-old space telescope by employing a technique called spatial scanning, which dramatically improves Hubble's accuracy for making angular measurements.

A Look at Predictions of the 1964 World's Fair

April 14, 2014 2:19 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The New York World's Fair of 1964 introduced 51 million visitors to a range of technological innovations and predictions during its run. Fifty years later, some of those ideas have turned out to be commonplace in our world. Others? Not so much.

Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects

April 11, 2014 9:53 am | by Brett Israel, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

When life on Earth was first getting started, simple molecules bonded together into the precursors of modern genetic material. A catalyst would have been needed, but enzymes had not yet evolved. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite’s surface could have jump-started life’s first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to directly analyze these rough, irregularly shaped surfaces.

NASA Looks to Go Beyond Batteries for Space Exploration

April 11, 2014 9:17 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America's space program. The core technologies solicited in the call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies  through ongoing collaboration with NASA and industry.

Orienteering for Robots: Algorithm Could Aid Navigation, Scene Understanding

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Suppose you’re trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you’re using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point. Traffic and one-way streets force you to take some odd turns and, for a while, you lose sight of your landmarks. When they reappear, in order to use them for navigation, you have to be able to identify them as the same buildings you were tracking before — as well as your orientation...

New Catalog Brings NASA Software Down to Earth

April 10, 2014 2:18 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has made available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release on April 10, 2014, of a new online software catalog. Organized into 15 broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies and the general public.

Fjord in East Greenland Seen by NASA's Operation IceBridge

April 9, 2014 10:03 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This view of the frozen fjord downstream of Violingletscher (Violin Glacier) in Østgrønland (East Greenland) was seen during an Operation IceBridge survey flight on April 5, 2014. NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system. IceBridge utilizes a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft and ...

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