Just in time for Christmas, Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3-D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world’s first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3-D object into what are called pyramidal parts. The algorithm promises to become a big deal in the world of 3-D printing, and also has applications for designing molds and for casting.
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Origin and OriginPro 2015 are software applications for data analysis and publication-quality graphing that are tailored to the needs of scientists and engineers. The applications are designed to offer an easy-to-use interface for beginners, and the ability for advanced users to customize analysis and graphing tasks using themes, templates, custom reports, batch processing and programming.
A study by an international team, including the University of Southampton, has shown population maps based on anonymous mobile phone call record data can be as accurate as those based on censuses. Their findings show maps made using mobile records are detailed, reliable and flexible enough to help inform infrastructure and emergency planners; particularly in low income countries, where recent population density information is often scarce.
Mathematica Online operates completely in the cloud and is accessible through any modern Web browser, with no installation or configuration required, and is completely interoperable with Mathematicaon the desktop. Users can simply point a Web browser at Mathematica Online, then log in, and immediately start to use the Mathematica notebook interface
Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX 5.8 is designed to enable users to drive better analytics and leverage more reliability, flexibility and scalability across the enterprise. The real-time information management and SCADA solution includes latest-generation visualization tools and a control engine.
Researchers at MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass.
SigmaPlot Version 13 is a scientific data analysis and graphing software package with features that include Forest plots, which combine the results of like studies to improve statistical significance, and Kernel Density — a smooth probability distribution plot — as well as Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA), which includes the effects of “nuisance” variables, and Principal Components Analysis (PCA) to determine the major data relationships.
Grapher 11 scientific graphics software is a 2-D and 3-D graphing program designed primarily for scientists, engineers and business professionals. It converts data into more than 60 fully customizable graph types. Features include polar vector plots, ternary class scatter plots, and 2-D and 3-D doughnut plots.
A stunning video based on fossils of a 410-million-year-old arachnid — one of the first predators on land — recreates the animal walking. Researchers used exceptionally preserved fossils from the Natural History Museum in London to create the video showing the most likely walking gait of the animal; the study is published in a special issue of the Journal of Paleontology.
Engineers and scientists from Pipistrel utilized HPC and technical computing resources to design and develop the Taurus G4 aircraft. The aircraft was conceived, designed and built in a mere 5 months, relying heavily on CAD and rapid prototyping techniques, but especially on the use of CFD and other computer aerodynamic tools for evaluation of flight performance and handling before committing to the building of the prototype.
Origin Viewer 9.1 is data analysis and graphing software designed to support OpenGL 3-D graph viewing. The standalone application allows viewing and copying of information from Origin Project Files without having Origin installed.
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 is designed to accurately transform data into presentation-ready maps. The gridding and contour mapping software, used by geologists, hydrologists and engineers, offers 21 different gridding methods, including Kriging with variograms, to convert irregularly spaced XYZ data into a uniform grid.
From a distance, these stunning images look likes stars exploding, fireworks or simply striking patterns — but what you’re actually looking at are the hidden dimensions of the World Wide Web. Dr. Martyn Dade Robertson from Newcastle University creates the stunning artworks, known as Data Portraits.
Origin and OriginPro 9.1 feature auto-positioning of labels in graphs, with the ability to add leader lines and to place labels arbitrarily such as attaching to data plot, to axes, or at fixed positions within the graph layer.
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.
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 for Windows is designed to make digitizing (x,y) graphs easier. Features include a zoomable and scalable digitizing screen.
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, 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
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.
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
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 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
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 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.
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