HP promises 6 times the compute at 80 times less power and transforming the cloud into a distributed compute mesh

The Machine will scale from embedded systems to data centers and clouds. Martin Fink, EVP and HP CTO, discussed his vision of how today’s compute technology must evolve in order to meet the future needs of your enterprise. HP Labs is developing a powerful, distributed successor to today’s computing architecture that will be able to …

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MIT researchers have discovered proteins involved in cancer metastasis

About 90 percent of cancer deaths are caused by tumors that have spread from their original locations. This process, known as metastasis, requires cancer cells to break loose from their neighbors and from the supportive scaffold that gives tissues their structure. MIT cancer biologists have now discovered that certain proteins in this structure, known as …

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Income stagnation and unmeasured increases in information and entertainment

Virginia Postrel writes about the changes over the last ten years in the availability of customized entertainment. She notes that much of these gains do not show up in GDP statistics. It is a form of progress that large numbers of people experience every day, the increase in entertainment variety and convenience represents a challenge …

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China cuts currency deal with EU

Europe and China have agreed a currency swap deal to boost trade and investment between the regions. Under the terms of the deal between the European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China, the swap facility could total as much as 350 billion yuan and €45 billion. The agreement is one of the largest …

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Stiffening self assembled duplex and quadruplex stranded DNA nanofibers for bottom up nanofabrication

Researchers have fabricated a self-assembled nanofiber from a DNA building block that contains both duplex (two-stranded) and quadruplex (four-stranded) DNA. This work is a first step toward the creation of new structurally heterogeneous (quadruplex/duplex), yet controllable, DNA-based materials exhibiting novel properties suitable for bottom-to-top self-assembly for nanofabrication, including self-organization of both inorganic materials (nanoparticles) and …

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Q-Glasses Could Be a New Class of Solids

A team of researchers has reported possible evidence for a new category of solids, things that are neither pure glasses, crystals, nor even exotic quasicrystals. Q-glass, a new solid alloy that has been discovered in a rapidly cooled mixture of aluminum, iron and silicon, is neither a pure glass, a crystal, nor even a quasicrystal, …

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Thorium reactor projects getting increased funding and effort

The UK Telegraph has an update on global projects to develop commercial Thorium molten salt reactors. China’s project has $350 million in funding and 140 Phds working on it. They will have 750 Phds by 2015. They are targeting for a 2 MWe reactor by 2020. Kirk Sorensen’s Flibe Energy is exploring a 250 MWe …

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Light Modulator Antenna on a chip could speed information processing by orders of magnitude

A Rice University lab produces a micron-scale spatial light modulator like those used in sensing and imaging devices, but with the potential to run orders of magnitude faster. A device that looks like a tiny washboard may clean the clocks of current commercial products used to manipulate infrared light. New research by the Rice University …

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Designing HPC Systems: OPS Versus FLOPS

HPCWire (by Steve Wallach, Chief Scientist, Co-Founder, and Director, Convey Computer)- Building computer systems of any sort, but especially very large systems, is somewhat akin to the process an apartment real-estate developer goes through. The developer has to have an idea of what the final product will look like, its compelling features, and the go-to-market …

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Nanoparticles and gene therapy used to trick the body into overproducing the desired tissue to enable regeneration

Researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have developed a new method of repairing bone using synthetic bone graft substitute material, which combined with gene therapy, can mimic real bone tissue and has potential to regenerate bone in patients who have lost large areas of bone from either disease or trauma. Nanoparticles …

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