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Alzheimer's-Cancer Link found using Biomedical Data, Supercomputing

April 22, 2014 3:35 pm | by Jorge Salazar, TACC | News | Comments

A team led by Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) scientists has found that Alzheimer's disease and cancer share a pathway in gene transcription, a process essential for cell reproduction and growth. They published their findings in December 2013 in the open access journal Scientific Reports by the Nature Publishing Group.

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Crystallized Purple Food Dye

April 23, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

This 640x image of crystallized purple food dye received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Waldo Nell of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, using a darkfield technique.

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Big Data Approach to Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies New Mammalian Clock Gene

April 22, 2014 6:37 pm | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

Over the last few decades researchers have characterized a set of clock genes that drive daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in all types of species, from flies to humans. Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more. A team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania wondered if big-data approaches could find them.

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Dr. Ing. Bernd Mohr, a senior scientist at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre (JSC)

Looking for Job Security? Consider becoming an HPC Performance Tool Developer

April 22, 2014 4:01 pm | by Bernd Mohr, Jülich Supercomputing Centre Institute for Advanced Simulation | Blogs | Comments

When I started to work on performance tools for parallel computers 25 years ago, I wasn’t sure how long I would be able to work in this interesting and exciting area of high performance computing.  Performance was always in the center of HPC, so anyone helping application developers to optimize and tune their codes was in high demand.

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Drones Unearth More Details about Chaco Culture

April 22, 2014 3:40 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. The discovery of the structures hidden beneath layers of sediment and sagebrush is being hailed as an important step that could help archaeologists shed light on mysteries long buried by eroding desert landscapes

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NASA Super Guppy Makes Special Delivery

April 22, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

NASA’s Super Guppy, a wide-bodied cargo aircraft, landed at the Redstone Army Airfield near Huntsville, AL, on March 26, 2014, with a special delivery: an innovative composite rocket fuel tank. The Super Guppy has a hinged nose that opens and allows large cargos like the tank to be easily unloaded.

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The author loses control of an interview with subject-matter experts Cheech and Chong.

Up In Smoke: Rocky Mountain High Redefined by Legalized Marijuana

April 21, 2014 3:38 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Tens of thousands of pot smokers wheezed a sigh of relief when recreational marijuana use was made legal January 1, 2014. Gone is the cottage industry of gray-area physicians rubber-stamping medical prescriptions for a well-informed gaggle of would-be stoners who memorized popular conditions sure to garner approval.

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A woman smoking a cigarette while sitting in her truck in Hayneville, AL. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But as we get farther from our own bodies and the present, a new AP-GfK poll shows Americans have much more doubts in other concep

Poll: Big Bang a Big Question for Most Americans

April 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Jennifer Agiesta and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago.

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This October 9, 2003, photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, IL. (AP Photo/News-Gazette, John Dixon)

Engineer Vital to Moon Landing Success Dies

April 21, 2014 11:37 am | by AP | News | Comments

John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. As NASA describes on its Web site, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.

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Geologic Icon: The Grand Canyon

April 21, 2014 9:04 am | by M. Justin Wilkinson, Jacobs at NASA-JSC | News | Comments

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station, as well as one of the best-known tourist attractions in the world. The steep walls of the Colorado River canyon and its many side canyons make an intricate landscape that contrasts with the dark green, forested plateau to the north and south.

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Using Light for Data Transmission on a Terabit Scale

April 20, 2014 6:34 am | by Nik Papageorgiou | News | Comments

Scientists from EPFL and KIT have achieved data transmissions on a terabit scale with a single laser light frequency using miniaturized optical frequency combs. The findings open the way for using this system in future high-speed communication systems. A continuous laser light is made of a single...

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"We do not make predictions about the scientific outcomes of the simulation experiments, but we promise to build collaborative tools that will enable very exciting science," says Meier. Courtesy of F. Hentschel, Heidelberg University

Brain-derived Computing beyond Von Neumann

April 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by Nages Sieslack | Articles | Comments

Karlheinz Meier, professor of experimental physics at Heidelberg University’s Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, will deliver a keynote talk at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). The theme for this talk will be ‘Brain-derived computing beyond Von Neumann —  achievements and challenges’. Meier is one of the co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project (HBP), where he will be leading a research group

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Manuel Peitsch, co-founder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Exciting Advances: Growth of HPC in the Life Sciences

April 18, 2014 3:12 pm | by Andrew Purcell | Articles | Comments

Manuel Peitsch, co-founder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, will chair a session on high-performance computing (HPC) in the life sciences at ISC’14 in Leipzig, Germany, in June. Peitsch is also a professor of bioinformatics at the University of Basel in Switzerland and is vice president of biological systems research at Philip Morris International. 

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The first transuranic waste shipment arriving April 2, 2014, at the Waste Control Specialists facility in Andrews, TX. This first shipments arrived at the commercial nuclear waste dump more than a month after the nation’s only permanent repository for the

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.

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This artist's rendering shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Ea

Astronomers Spot Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

April 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced April 17, 2014, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

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Close-up: Mouse Small Intestine

April 18, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 200x image of a small intestinal section from a mouse expressing GFP-tagged non-muscle myosin II received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. t was taken with large format image stitch using swept-field confocal fluorescence microscopy.

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