GPU Minisupercomputers starting at $99,000 for 13.5 peak teraflops

HP has just launched the GPU Starter Kit, which makes it easier and more affordable than ever to put the power of a supercomputer in the hands of researchers everywhere. The Kit is a fully preconfigured cluster of HP servers accelerated by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs It’s a pre-configured cluster of eight HP Proliant SL390 servers …

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Adding Hydrogen triples Graphene Transistor Performance

A technique that uses hydrogen to improve transistor performance on real-world graphene devices has been demonstrated on the wafer-scale by researchers in Penn State’s Electro-Optics Center (EOC). The researchers demonstrated a 3 times improvement in electron mobility of epitaxial graphene grown on the silicon face of a 100 mm silicon carbide wafer, as well as …

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Two different projects to use viruses to fight cancer

1. A marker for a tumor cell is also a receptor for the measles virus. this could enable measle viruses to be used to fight cancer. PLoS – Tumor Cell Marker PVRL4 (Nectin 4) Is an Epithelial Cell Receptor for Measles Virus Measles virus is a primate-specific virus that causes acute respiratory disease and can …

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Japanese researchers make tissue transparent

Nature Neuroscience – Scale: a chemical approach for fluorescence imaging and reconstruction of transparent mouse brain Scale, a new solution that turns tissue transparent without distorting its shape. Researchers can look into tissues without destructive cutting. After incubating the tissue in a concentrated urea solution for two weeks, the researchers could study the fine structure …

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Full coherent control of nuclear spins in an optically pumped single quantum dot

Arxiv – Full coherent control of nuclear spins in an optically pumped single quantum dot The interaction between electron and nuclear spins in quantum dots is often seen as detrimental for the use of electron spin for quantum information processing. It is now shown, however, that such interaction can be used to coherently control the …

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Discovery by U of T researchers could create retinas from Jell-O like Hydrogels

Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed a new method for creating 3D hydrogel scaffolds that will aid in the development of new tissue and organs grown in a lab. Hydrogels, a “Jell-O”-like substance, are highly flexible and absorbent networks of polymer strings that are frequently used in tissue engineering to act as a …

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Sony Announces 3D 720p OLED-Based Head Mounted Display

Sony is launching a head mounted display HMZ-T1, an upcoming display that uses two OLED screens to produce a 720p 3D picture right in front of your eyes. * two 0.7-inch OLED displays show twin 1280-by-720 images, producing a high definition 3D picture with no crosstalk * This simulates a 150-inch 3D HDTV seen from …

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Several Solar Power Companies are going bankrupt

It was considered the great hope of the solar industry and a poster child for the government’s efforts to remake the U.S. economy with clean-tech as a linchpin. Now, after about $1 billion invested by venture capitalists, Solyndra Inc. has gone bust. The Fremont, Calif., company, which received a $535 million federal loan guarantee in …

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Mechanical Energy Scavenging from Flying Insects

piezoelectric devices have been used to generate power from a live insect (Cotinis nitida – Green June Beetle) during its tethered flight. They measured available deflection, force and power output from oscillatory movements at different locations on a beetle with an unmounted piezoelectric beam and showed that up to ~115 microwatts power generation is possible. …

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Tiny oxygen generators boost effectiveness of anticancer treatment

Researchers have created and tested miniature devices that are implanted in tumors to generate oxygen, boosting the killing power of radiation and chemotherapy. The technology is designed to treat solid tumors that are hypoxic at the center, meaning the core contains low oxygen levels. “This is not good because radiation therapy needs oxygen to be …

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