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July 29, 2015

Knowing how much matter the universe contains calls for the most precise cosmological cartography. Using maps garnered from DECam imagery and Argonne National Laboratory data processing, astrophysicists are confirming galaxy distribution follows dark matter distribution. 

July 29, 2015

At the recent ISC High Performance event in Frankfurt, Germany, the new TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers was announced. Shaheen XC40, a Cray system in Saudi Arabia, is now ranked as the world’s seventh fastest supercomputer, and is the first supercomputer from the Middle East to crack the top 10.

July 29, 2015

The search for intelligent life in the universe continues. Astronomers are using DiRAC and Piz Daint supercomputers to learn how stellar winds change radio signals emitted from exoplanets so radio telescopes know how to listen.

July 22, 2015

When hunting neutrinos, a more powerful particle beam increases the chance of seeing neutrinos interact. Fermilab scientists recently set a new world record for high-energy neutrino experiments with a sustained 521-kilowatt beam, and will soon achieve beam power over 1 megawatt.

July 22, 2015

Brookhaven National Laboratory is preparing for a new wave of discoveries. PHENIX is in its final runs, but superPHENIX waits in the wings.

Upgrading its PHENIX detector and Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for BNL and high-energy physics.

July 15, 2015

NASA spacecraft New Horizons just met up with a rock some three billion miles (5 billion km) out in space — Pluto, formerly known as the ninth planet in our solar system. A meeting nine years in the making, the flyby is producing amazing images and revising our knowledge of the origins of our solar system.

July 15, 2015

Supercomputer simulations help Hubble see farther into the universe and reveal a startling fact: It’s not as crowded as once thought. Don’t worry though, you’re still not alone.

July 8, 2015

Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are modeling huge ocean eddies to track their ability to move particles – including carbon dioxide – into the deep. This work will help prioritize a global response to climate change.

July 8, 2015

“Solar Superstorms,” is a science documentary showing off the latest computation-enabled research about solar dynamics. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the 24-minute documentary illustrates what can happen when our closest star erupts. Stunning visualizations from Donna Cox’s team at the US National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Advanced Visualization Laboratory tell the story.

July 8, 2015

Digital humanists look into the past to tell us about our present. Armed with supercomputing and artificial intelligence, they read big data archives for patterns and meanings otherwise hidden to the human reader. Douglas Duhaime is combing these repositories to trace the reuse of ideas; what he’s discovering will help catch thieves and maybe rewrite history – again.

July 2, 2015

 XSEDE15, the fourth annual conference, will showcase the discoveries, innovations, challenges and achievements of those who utilize and support XSEDE resources and services, as well as other digital resources and services throughout the world.

This year's theme is "Scientific advancements enabled by enhanced cyberinfrastructure."

XSEDE15 takes place July 26-30 at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

July 1, 2015

The Merlin smartphone app has the solution to your bird watching mysteries. Now, Merlin Bird Photo ID takes it one step farther, identifying birds from uploaded photos. Crowd sourcing and artificial intelligence come together to answer a frequently asked question: What bird is that?

July 1, 2015

Historypin sits at the intersection of data visualization and crowdsourcing. Take your standard Google map. Add in a dash of grandma’s old photo album. Stir in some memories from the library archives. Season with a pinch of museum curation, and you’ve got a digital history book.

July 1, 2015

The volume of video content has exploded in recent years, and museums and libraries face the daunting task of evaluating the condition of their collections to make preservation and access decisions. To meet this challenge, data curators, video engineers, supercomputing experts, and neuroscientists are testing and implementing quality assessment algorithms in supercomputers to rapidly identify levels of video quality in large collections.

June 24, 2015

An international group of astronomers began the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) in 2011 to map and study the millions of stars that comprise the Andromeda galaxy. The project has captured the most detailed panoramic images of the galaxy yet seen, revealing that star formation appears to be the same across the universe.

June 24, 2015

Scientists have collected wildlife audio samples for many years, and there are many databases of these sounds in existence. BioAcoustica distinguishes itself through tight integration with a cyberinfrastructure for performing analyses.

June 24, 2015

The wizards, er, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a self-folding robot about the size of a US penny. The robot can fold itself like an origami swan, and then move about, executing tasks under the influence of a magnetic field.

At first a printable plastic sheet, it becomes a robot when heated and a small magnet is placed on its back. Thus activated, the robot moves via an interaction between the magnet and external, programmable actuation.

June 17, 2015

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is the research arm of the HathiTrust, and provides computational know-how for humanities scholars. With secure access to copyright-protected works, HTRC helps scholars see patterns across decades of literature. 

June 17, 2015

Forecasting the extent of climate change must include social factors, researchers now say. Combining climate change with population growth and using 11 different computational simulations leads scientists to forecast a possible six-fold increase in extreme heat for residents of the southern US by 2070.

June 17, 2015

The Living Heart project unites the most advanced science and computational tools to model the cardio-vascular system. Doing so will greatly improve the efficacy of medical therapies and open the way to personalized medicine. 

June 10, 2015

Musical collaboration over the internet has been perennially plagued by delay and bad audio; co-performances have been largely a product of smoke and mirrors.

Overcoming the problems of distance, Internet2 and LoLa technology have set a new standard in video conferencing, allowing broader access to high-level musical and educational opportunities.

June 10, 2015

Astronomers have used US National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) supercomputers to confirm a prediction made in 2010. They found a supernova and a new way of reading the stars.

June 3, 2015

Part two of our free-wheeling conversation with the organizers of the Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative.

 

 

June 3, 2015

A wheeling Milky Way or dancing aurora borealis inspires awe and broadens perspective when viewed across the chronological scales time-lapse videos afford. The trouble is it takes a lot of time to construct these videos. But in the smartphone age, the power of collected photographs enables a more collaborative method.