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HPC: Battle of the Open Software Ecosystems

Steve Conway is Research VP, HPC at IDC. In the past year, collaborations between HPC vendors and the open source community to co-develop future software have grown in number and intensity. These collaborations generally follow the model pioneered by the Linux community, where participating vendors contribute to and use open source software, then create enhanced, supported commercial versions for HPC customers needing these extras.

The Robotics Revolution is Open Source

Louise Poubel is a software engineer at the Open Source Robotics Foundation, working on GUI tools and user experience for the multi-robot simulator Gazebo. These are exciting times for robotics. In the past few years, we’ve started seeing robotic products make their way into our daily lives. We’re buying robotic vacuum cleaners and toy quadcopters.

12 Amazing Modern Maps

We’ve seen some truly amazing stories of late about impressively sophisticated mapping techniques: a new map of the ocean floor based on Earth’s gravity field; entire buildings 3-D mapped in real time with a mobile device; citizen scientists use drones to map flooding; a spectacular new image of the Milky Way at submillimeter wavelengths; volunteer engineers, designers and data scientists help map Zika; a century of data used to create a modern, digital geologic map of Alaska; a haunting interactive map shows every nuclear detonation since 1945; computer vision cracks plant leaf code with h

Going Rogue: Biologists Publish Directly to Internet

A recent ASAPbio meeting echoed the spirit of the Zika initiative in drawing attention to the value of preprints in accelerating and widening access to the research literature.The process for publishing scientific information has followed the same course — write up results, go through peer-review and eventually publish — for hundreds of years.

9 Great Reads about Pi, The World’s Favorite Mathematical Constant

On March 14, we celebrated Pi Day — a global observance of the importance of math and the world’s most famous mathematical constant. We’ve rounded up just a few of the most interesting stories on topics that range from a group of detractors who mark "Tau Day” to examining Pi and mathematical notions of beauty, and from identifying hidden patterns to looking at how a farm boy from Wales gave the world Pi, as well as a discussion on how Pi seems to crop up in lots of unexpected places and an update on the ongoing search for the exact value of Pi.

10 Ways to Celebrate Pi Day 2016

People celebrate Pi Day around the world in many different ways, including pie-eating, pie-throwing and even pi-recitation contests, where participants recite digits of this irrational number from memory.After last year’s ultimate Pi Day when, on 3.14.15 at 9:26:53, the date and time corresponded to the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant pi (3.141592653), I wondered what the annual celebration might look like this year — would it be possible to top

Barren Wasteland Transformed into Visually Stunning Representation of the Cosmos

The Crawick Multiverse Amphitheatre captures the beauty of a total eclipse, replicating its iconic shapes and forms with a circle of boulders and ridges, representing the Sun.A 55-acre “cosmic landscape worthy of the ancients” now occupies the site of a former open-pit coal mine in southern Scotland.

Google to help UNICEF Map Zika Virus using Open-source Platform

A global health epidemic that has spread to at least 30 countries, the spread of Zika has been harder to identify, map and contain than many other global pandemics.As the Zika virus outbreak continues to raise concern world-wide, Google has announced that its engineers are working with UNICEF “to find better ways to visualize the threat so that public health officials and NGOs can support communities at risk.”

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