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Sci-Tech Oscars: Academy Honors Scientists and Engineers behind Special Effects

February 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

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.

Surfer 12 Scientific Graphics Software

January 14, 2014 2:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Surfer 12 scientific graphics software is designed to accurately transform data into...

Hidden Dimensions: The Secret Beauty of the World Wide Web

January 8, 2014 9:21 am | by Newcastle University | News | Comments

From a distance, these stunning images look likes stars exploding, fireworks or simply striking...

Origin and OriginPro 9.1 Data Analysis and Graphing Software

October 30, 2013 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Origin and OriginPro 9.1 feature auto-positioning of labels in graphs, with the ability to add...

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Researchers Reconstruct Detailed 3-D Scenes from Hundreds of 2-D Images

July 19, 2013 11:47 am | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Investigators at Disney Research, Zürich have developed a method for using hundreds of photographic images to build 3D computer models of complex, real-life scenes that meet the increasing demands of today's movie, TV and game producers for high-resolution imagery.

Gordon: A Non-Conventional Supercomputer

June 16, 2013 12:36 pm | by Jan Zverina | News | Comments

When the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of San Diego, Calif., debuted Gordon early last year, the system’s architects envisioned that its innovative features — such as the first large-scale deployment of flash storage (300 terabytes) in a high-performance computer – would open the door to new areas of research.

UN-SCAN-IT Version 7.0 Graph Digitizing Software

April 15, 2013 10:46 am | Silk Scientific, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

UN-SCAN-IT Version 7.0 graph digitizing software for Windows is designed to make digitizing (x,y) graphs easier. Features include a zoomable and scalable digitizing screen.


AVS/Express 8.1

April 3, 2013 9:48 am | Advanced Visual Systems Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

AVS/Express 8.1 is a data visualization tool for both non-programmers and experienced developers, featuring rapid data analysis and rich visualization techniques combined with an intuitive, graphical application development environment. Two new animation macros — fly_through and fly_object — have been added to the animation kit.

Grapher 10

January 9, 2013 3:52 am | Golden Software, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Grapher 10, a 2-D and 3-D graphing program designed primarily for scientists, engineers and business professionals, converts data into more than 60 fully customizable graph types, including three 3-D vector plots, contour function plots and Q-Q plots

Underwater robots from Stanford smart enough to explore treacherous deep-ocean terrain

November 26, 2012 1:10 pm | News | Comments

Engineers at Stanford and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have developed autonomous underwater vehicles that can photograph regions of the ocean floor that were once too risky for these robotic explorers.

Mathematics and Fine Art: Digitizing Paintings through Image Processing

September 28, 2012 10:26 am | News | Comments

The current trend to digitize everything is not lost on fine art. Documenting, distributing, conserving, storing and restoring paintings requires that digital copies be made

Collision Course: Commercial and HPC Big Data

August 8, 2012 12:25 pm | by Steve Conway | Articles | Comments

In late 2011, I wrote in Scientific Computing about the increasing collisions between commercial big data and data-intensive HPC. In the short time since then, the dimensions of these encounters have become clearer. This might qualify as the most serious rapprochement since business computing first branched off from scientific-technical computing in the early 1960s


NASA Offers Guidelines to Protect Historic Sites on the Moon

May 24, 2012 12:45 pm | News | Comments

NASA and the X Prize Foundation of Playa Vista, CA, announced on May 24, 2012, the Google Lunar X Prize is recognizing guidelines established by NASA to protect lunar historic sites and preserve ongoing and future science on the moon

James Cameron Exploring Challenger Deep — the Real Abyss

March 16, 2012 4:50 am | News | Comments

Earth's lost frontier is about to be explored firsthand after more than half a century. Over the next several days, James Cameron plans to dive nearly seven miles down in a one-man lime green submarine that he helped design

Origin and OriginPro Version 8.6

December 12, 2011 6:58 am | Originlab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Origin and OriginPro version 8.6 provide a series of upgrades and feature enhancements that were developed based on customer feedback on the previous version, 8.51. The most significant new feature in version 8.6 is the availability of a native 64-bit version, which will support work with large datasets.

SigmaPlot Version 12.2

December 6, 2011 8:38 am | Systat Software, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SigmaPlot Version 12.2 is downloadable update to the latest version of the scientific data analysis and graphing software package SigmaPlot 12.1.

Study: Big portions and other cues make us fat

November 16, 2011 1:10 pm | News | Comments

A dieter's decision to eat or not is often determined by powerful environmental cues that he or she is probably not even aware of. But daily weighing can help, reports a new Cornell study.


Origin Automation

October 6, 2011 10:38 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

    An extremely flexible tool for acquiring, processing and displaying data John R. Joyce, Ph.D. Origin 8.5.1 is a full-featured data analysis and graphing package that has been the target of previous reviews in Scientific Computing. Here, we will take a more in-depth look at the many automation features to be found in both Origin and OriginPro. These include several different ways of automating its internal processes, ways for it to control external processes and ways for external processes to control it. In the following text, we will examine these capabilities and some of the ways in which they can be used, as well as constructing examples illustrating some of the approaches to go about doing it.

Maple 15: How do they do it?!

September 29, 2011 10:31 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

For those new to this software, perhaps a little background is in order. Maple is mathematical software that is constantly being improved as to breadth of the calculation routines, optimality of the algorithms, speed of computation, and ease-of-use. The last is one of the most useful features, as the new user can quickly come up to speed by testing the menu items, going through the tutorials and reading the pertinent sections of the manuals

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and Creative Force, Resigns

August 25, 2011 5:17 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writers, Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Steve Jobs' resignation Wednesday appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which he took a leave from his post in January. Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, was quickly named CEO of the company Jobs co-founded in his garage 35 years ago.

OriginPro Student Version Offers Useful Enhancements

August 18, 2011 8:28 am | by Jaclyn D. Wiggins-Camacho and Keith J. Stevenson, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

This data analysis and graphing software is a truly comprehensive software package Jaclyn D. Wiggins-Camacho and Keith J. Stevenson, Ph.D. OriginLab offers a limited-time student personal use license for OriginPro 8.5, the latest version of their data analysis and graphing software. This is a fully-functional download from their Web site ( ), requiring an online activation step to generate the license file for the individual student user.

Wave Power can drive Sun’s Intense Heat

August 1, 2011 11:20 am | News | Comments

A new study sheds light on why the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, is more than 20 times hotter than its surface. The research, led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, may bring scientists a step closer to understanding the solar cycle and the Sun’s impacts on Earth

COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2

June 1, 2011 6:51 am | Comsol, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2 expands the scope of applications covered by product with three additional application modules – Microfluidics, Geomechanics, and Electrodeposition – and a LiveLink interfaces for AutoCAD and SpaceClaim

Partek Genomics Suite 6.5: The Painful Made Easy

May 27, 2011 5:14 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

he title refers to the editor’s angst at using most genomics software for gene expression (microarray) studies. I keep asking myself why they make it so hard. For those chemists, physicists and engineers in our readership not into pharmacogenomics, I specifically refer to the data acquisition phase.

Grapher 9

May 18, 2011 7:15 am | Golden Software, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Grapher 9 is a 2D and 3D graphing program. Users can convert their data into any of fifty-four fully customizable graph types

How to Control Complex Networks

May 17, 2011 5:53 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At first glance, a diagram of the complex network of genes that regulate cellular metabolism might seem hopelessly complex, and efforts to control such a system futile. However, a researcher has come up with a new computational model that can analyze any type of complex network and reveal the critical points that can be used to control the entire system

The Entire Night Sky in 37,440 Exposures

May 16, 2011 8:22 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last year an amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky. He programmed his six cameras to track the stars as they moved across the sky and simultaneously snapped thousands of photos

JMP 9: A Really New Version

May 12, 2011 6:41 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Some shocking changes accompany greatly extended analytic capabilities John A. Wass, Ph.D.   As the saying goes, ‘Boy will you be surprised!’ From the entirely revamped main screen to the addition of many sophisticated simulations, graphics, an R interface, and the new Degradation platform, this newest version is a major advance

Origin 8.5.1

April 28, 2011 7:25 am | Originlab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Origin 8.5.1 features two data analysis Gadgets and a versatile graph reconstruction tool. These are a Cluster Manipulation Gadget and Quick Peaks Gadget

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