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This solar flare was shot with one of the cameras on the NASA SDO satellite on June 10, 2014. Courtesy of NASA/SDO

Solar Explosions inside a Computer: Predicting Solar Flares

September 25, 2014 4:30 pm | by Barbara Vonarburg, ETH | News | Comments

Strong solar flares can bring down communications and power grids on Earth. By demonstrating how these gigantic eruptions are caused, physicists are laying the foundations for future predictions. The shorter the interval between two explosions in the solar atmosphere, the more likely it is that the second flare will be stronger than the first one.

Fluid Mechanics: New Math Suggests Alternative to Quantum Orthodoxy

September 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

The central mystery of quantum mechanics is that small chunks of matter sometimes seem to behave...

Scientists say Ozone Layer is Recovering

September 10, 2014 4:17 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Earth's protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase...

Training Computers to Understand the Language of Musicians

September 10, 2014 4:07 pm | by Birmingham City University | News | Comments

New software launched by researchers at Birmingham City University aims to reduce the long...

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Sandia National Laboratories managers Alex Roesler, left, and Luke Purvis, center, and systems analyst Jarret Lafleur shown inside a Bank of Italy vault in a historic Livermore, California, building, studied 23 high-value heists that occurred in the last

National Security: Lessons Learned Drawn from Perfect Heists

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

The Antwerp Diamond Center theft and other sophisticated, high-value heists show that motivated criminals can find ways to overcome every obstacle between them and their targets. Can the Energy and Defense departments, responsible for analyzing, designing and implementing complex systems to protect vital national security assets, learn from security failures in the banking, art and jewelry worlds? Sandia Labs set out to answer that question

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.

On the Trail of Paradigm-Shifting Methods for Solving Mathematical Models

July 15, 2014 10:11 am | by Hengguang Li | Blogs | Comments

How using CPU/GPU parallel computing is the next logical step - My work in computational mathematics is focused on developing new, paradigm-shifting ideas in numerical methods for solving mathematical models in various fields. This includes the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics, the elasticity model in mechanical engineering, the Navier-Stokes equation in fluid mechanics, Maxwell’s equations in electromagnetism...

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Mathematica 10

July 9, 2014 4:41 pm | Wolfram Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With over 700 new functions — the single biggest jump in new functionality in the software's history — Mathematica 10 is the first version of Mathematica based on the complete Wolfram Language. Integration with the Wolfram Cloud and access to the expanded Wolfram Knowledgebase open up new possibilities for intelligent computation and deployment.

Statistical Analysis Could Improve Understanding and Treatment of Different Brain Tumors

July 7, 2014 10:21 am | by Qlucore | News | Comments

Discovering a brain tumor is a very serious issue, but it is not the end of the story. There are many different types of brain tumor with different survival rates and different methods for treatment. However, today, many brain tumors are difficult to clearly diagnose, leading to poor prognoses for patients.

Artistic rendering of Leptoceratops, a likely relative of Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei. Courtesy of Peter Trusler

Of Dinosaurs and Mathematics: Providing Solid Evidence for Paleontological Theory

June 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Kathleen Estes, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology | News | Comments

Dinosaurs and mathematics do not seem like an obvious pair, but for Robert Sinclair and his Mathematical Biology Unit, they are a logical match. Sinclair was part of a team that recently published a paper reexamining the classification of a dinosaur bone found. Using his expertise in mathematics, Sinclair was able to help reclassify a single arm bone as belonging to a dinosaur family previously believed not to have existed ...

On the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, researchers investigated the productivity of top goal scorers.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Which players have the best chance at goal scoring?

June 12, 2014 9:33 am | by RMIT University | News | Comments

On the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, researchers investigated the productivity of top goal scorers in international football. The RMIT University team applied advanced econometric techniques to a sample of 66 top goal scorers in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League between 1991 and 2011.

A new computation method to examine planets orbiting other stars suggests the Milky Way galaxy may house 100 million other places that could support complex life. Courtesy of Planetary Habitability Laboratory, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

Milky Way may Bear 100 Million Life-giving Planets

June 11, 2014 1:48 pm | by Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University | News | Comments

There are some 100 million other places in the Milky Way galaxy that could support complex life, report a group of university astronomers in the journal Challenges. They have developed a new computation method to examine data from planets orbiting other stars in the universe. Their study provides the first quantitative estimate of the number of worlds in our galaxy that could harbor life above the microbial level.

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Mark Anawis, Principal Scientist and ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt at Abbott.

Time Series Analysis: Identifying Underlying Patterns

June 5, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mark A. Anawis | Blogs | Comments

Nelson Mandela said: “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Time series data have a temporal order that makes analysis distinctly different from other data analysis. The goal of time series analysis can be divided into characterization or prediction.

In summarizing this interesting book, it does have many useful hints, tips and tricks to addressing specific types of problems, as well as pitfalls. I would appreciate far more scientific examples than the business ones that were in abundance.

Doing Data Science: Straight Talk from the Front Line

June 5, 2014 11:53 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

I can most simply describe this book by quoting from the back cover: Motivation — “…how can you get started in a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary field that’s so clouded in hype?” Background Needed — “If you’re familiar with linear algebra, probability, and statistics, and have programming experience…”

The original photos (far left) have three styles transferred onto them: (from left) low-key and high contrast, warm and soft lighting, and high-contrasted black-and-white. Courtesy of the researchers and MIT-Adobe 5K dataset

Spruce Up Your Selfie: New Algorithm Could Transfer Photography Styles to Cellphone Photos

May 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Celebrated portrait photographers like Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and Martin Schoeller made their reputations with distinctive visual styles that sometimes required the careful control of lighting possible only in the studio. Now, MIT researchers and their colleagues at Adobe Systems and the University of Virginia, have developed an algorithm that could allow you to transfer those distinctive styles to your own cellphone photos.

NAG C Library Mark 24

NAG C Library Mark 24

May 16, 2014 4:14 pm | Nag Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Now at Mark 24, the NAG C Library is a collection of hundreds of user-callable mathematical and statistical functions for C and C++ programmers. It contains over 1,500 powerful algorithms that are designed to be reliable, flexible and ready-for-use from a wide range of operating systems, languages, environments and packages

JMP Genomics 7.0

JMP Genomics 7.0

April 29, 2014 10:06 am | Jmp, A Business Unit Of Sas | Product Releases | Comments

JMP Genomics 7.0 offers enhanced capabilities for analyzing data related to agriculture, pharmacogenomics, biotechnology and other areas for genomics research. It integrates sophisticated SAS statistical algorithms with interactive JMP data visualization to make discovery from life sciences data faster and easier.

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Olivier Pironneau, Professor, University Paris VI

Olivier Pironneau

April 15, 2014 7:02 pm | Biographies

Prof. Olivier Pironneau's research interests include fluid mechanics, mathematical finance, optimal design, numerical analysis and partial differential equations. He is author of 8 books and 693 papers and advisor of more than 30 Ph. D. Students. He is a member of French Academy of Sciences since 2002.

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...

Number of Days without Rain to Dramatically Increase

March 14, 2014 3:49 pm | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

By the end of the 21st century, some parts of the world can expect as many as 30 more days a year without precipitation, according to a new study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researchers. Ongoing climate change caused by human influences will alter the nature of how rain and snow falls; areas that are prone to dry conditions will receive their precipitation in narrower windows of time.

Study Projects Big Thaw for Antarctic Sea Ice

February 27, 2014 7:37 pm | by Virginia Institute of Marine Science | News | Comments

Antarctica's Ross Sea is one of the few polar regions where summer sea-ice coverage has increased during the last few decades, bucking a global trend of drastic declines in summer sea ice across the Arctic Ocean and in two adjacent embayments of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.

Statistical Mechanics, Mathematical Modeling Shed Light on Biological Memories

February 10, 2014 5:04 pm | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist and his colleagues have found a new application for the tools and mathematics typically used in physics to help solve problems in biology. Specifically, the team used statistical mechanics and mathematical modeling to shed light on something known as epigenetic memory — how an organism can create a biological memory of some variable condition, such as quality of nutrition or temperature.

NAG Library for Java — Release 2

February 6, 2014 10:16 am | Nag Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

NAG Library for Java Release 2 enables the calling of precisely 1,784 mathematical and statistical routines to aid complex computation, and enhanced error reporting enables increased precision from computation results. It provides abstract classes for callback functions.

What's behind a #1 Ranking? Lineup Software Enables Granular Analysis

January 31, 2014 4:10 pm | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Behind every “Top 100” list are a generous sprinkling of personal bias and subjective decisions. However, the first dynamic visualization software of its kind, LineUp allows users to assign weights to different parameters to create a custom ranking.

NERSC Flips Switch on New Flagship Supercomputer, Edison

January 31, 2014 2:21 pm | by Margie Wylie, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity. Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on February 5, 2014, and scientists are already reporting results.

Scientists Reveal Cause of One of the Most Devastating Pandemics in Human History

January 27, 2014 9:19 pm | by McMaster University | News | Comments

An international team of scientists has discovered that two of the world's most devastating plagues – the plague of Justinian and the Black Death, each responsible for killing as many as half the people in Europe—were caused by distinct strains of the same pathogen, one that faded out on its own, the other leading to worldwide spread and re-emergence in the late 1800s. These findings suggest a...

NOAA: World in 2013 Fourth Hottest on Record

January 22, 2014 10:15 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on January 21, 2014, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013. Last year tied for the fourth hottest and 1988 fell to 21st.

Nobel Foundation Adopts MATLAB, will use Models for 30-year Risk Scenarios

January 16, 2014 2:59 pm | by MathWorks | News | Comments

MathWorks announced that The Nobel Foundation has adopted MATLAB to support the asset-liability management strategies of its $500 million (3.3 billion kronor) portfolio and meet its long-term goal of providing monetary awards to future Laureates.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Launches Data-driven Discovery Investigator Competition

January 13, 2014 5:51 pm | by The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | News | Comments

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced an open call for applications for its brand-new Data-Driven Discovery Investigator competition. The foundation seeks individuals who exemplify multidisciplinary, data-driven science, coalescing natural sciences with methods from statistics and computer science.

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