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SFU computer scientist Richard Zhang holds a Christmas tree, left, that was 3D-printed in the traditional manner, and the same tree, right, printed with assistance from a new algorithm he developed with Ph.D. student Ruizhen Hu. The Christmas tree on the

New Algorithm Prints with Zero Material Waste

December 16, 2014 11:09 am | by Diane Luckow, Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

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.

Touchable Holograms Developed for Medical Uses and More

December 2, 2014 3:49 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Technology has changed rapidly over the last few years with touch feedback, known as...

Data Analysis Proves Existence of Röstigraben

November 19, 2014 4:16 am | by Joël Burri, Mediacom | News | Comments

Are the political parties really all that different from one another? Can politicians rig the...

JMP 11: Remarkable Statistics, Graphics and Integration

November 7, 2014 10:30 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

It should come as no surprise to readers of this column that JMP is a personal favorite and,...

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Origin and OriginPro 2015 Data Analysis and Graphing Software

Origin and OriginPro 2015 Data Analysis and Graphing Software

October 30, 2014 12:45 pm | Originlab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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Mobile Phone Mapping Proves Reliable

October 28, 2014 1:58 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

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

Mathematica Online

September 17, 2014 1:59 pm | Wolfram Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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 Automation Software

Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX 5.8 Automation Software

August 8, 2014 12:15 pm | Ge Intelligent Platforms | Product Releases | Comments

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.

MIT researchers extracted audio from the vibrations of a plant, potato-chip bag and other objects. Courtesy of Christine Daniloff/MIT

Like James Bond, Algorithm Recovers Speech through Soundproof Glass

August 5, 2014 12:35 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

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

SigmaPlot 13 Scientific Data Analysis and Graphing Software

July 29, 2014 12:46 pm | Systat Software, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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

Grapher 11 Scientific Graphics Software

July 22, 2014 3:36 pm | Golden Software, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Ancient Arachnid Brought Back to Life

July 9, 2014 11:39 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

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.

HPC Innovation Excellence Award: Pipistrel d.o.o.

June 23, 2014 5:20 pm | Award Winners

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

Origin Viewer 9.1

April 29, 2014 12:41 pm | Originlab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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 | Golden Software, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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 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 Data Analysis and Graphing Software

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

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.

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.

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