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The Defense Department’s data strategy: Huge, massive and distributed

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Ely Kahn has spent more than a decade working in the national security world, including stints at the Transportation Safety …

NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013

What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts? You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool. Scrunch a nose, tense a shoulder, drop an ass.<p>We compile our 100 Favorite Songs much like we do the work on our 50 Favorite Albums list, …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Bitcoin

Why Graphene Sheets Make Sexier Chips Than Silicon

The innovation from researchers in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is all about making a complete …

Nanotech

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THE master of business administration is one of the success stories of our time. Since it was first offered by Harvard Business School (HBS) in 1908, …

IBM launches research lab for big data applications

The world has a lot of Big Data, or massive amounts of information stored across giant data centers. Now it’s time to make use of it.<p>That’s why IBM Research has created its new Accelerated Discovery Lab. The aim is to find connections among massive sets of data that can be used intelligently for …

Quantum Computers Move Another Step Closer To Reality

Imagine that two people could get linked in such a way that they could influence each other no matter where in the universe they existed. Now scientists find they can entangle mechanical vibrations in this same way, findings that could help enable quantum computers far more powerful than normal …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – review<p>…

News

Computation, Simulation, Theory<p>Neural network identifies lattice defects in electron microscope images of 2D materials<p>Neural network trained on …

Texas A&M researchers concoct nanoparticles to soak up crude oil spills

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon may be forgotten to many, but remnants of its destruction still remain in the Gulf of Mexico. Mercifully, it appears that researchers at Texas A&M University "have developed a non-toxic sequestering agent-iron oxide nanoparticles coated in a polymer mesh that can hold up …

Shanghai's free trade zone raises hopes

<b>To look at it you wouldn't think the future of the world's second largest economy depended on it.</b><p>The 10-sq-km block in the eastern suburbs of Shanghai currently contains a few bonded warehouses, some factories and the odd patch of open scrubland.<p>But the brand new sign, with the words "Shanghai …

China

These Contact Lenses Work Like Telescopes For Your Eyes

Researcher Eric Tremblay explains the invention.<p><i>What is it? A real contact lens that can switch between magnifying an image and standard vision. it could be useful for both military personnel and patients with retinal diseases.</i><p>We built a telescope into a contact lens. It is similar to a hard …

Controlling interest

BEFORE the financial crisis life was simple for central bankers. They had a clear mission: temper booms and busts to maintain low and stable …

Economics

Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

No time to read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time? In just two and a half minutes, Alok Jha explains why black holes are doomed to shrink into nothingness then explode with the energy of a million nuclear bombs, and rewinds to the big bang and the origin of the universe<p>• See more 'made …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Productivity

Graphene paint could power homes of the future

Houses could be painted with a new super-material that generates electricity from sunlight and can even change colour on request, following new research.<p>Scientists at the University of Manchester used wafers of graphene, the discovery of which won researchers a Nobel Prize, with thin layers of …

Graphene

Meet IBM’s “Boy And His Atom,” Stars of the Smallest Movie Ever Made

The image above shows two animated characters in what has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest movie ever made. It’s …

Europe bleeds out

IT IS a car crash of a data release. One simply can't look away. Hard to know precisely which part of the euro area's latest unemployment report is …

Make Parking a Cinch with This Parking Guide Infographic

A few simple guidelines for when to turn and what to use for reference points when parking may be all you need to perfect your parking abilities. …

Driverless Cars

Difference Engine: Unplugging the cables

THE tangled web of wires beneath computer desks could soon be a thing of the past. The same goes for the jumble of cables that feeds audio equipment …

Earth Day Pictures: 20 Stunning Shots of Earth From Space

Auroras, glaciers, and gullies feature among the most stunning pictures of Earth from space, chosen by National Geographic photo editors for Earth Day 2011.

Intel wants to kill the traditional server rack with 100Gbps links | Ars Technica

New rack design disaggregates and shares CPU, storage, and network components.<p>Intel is working to replace the traditional server rack with a more …