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Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced


Greg Dunn, Brian Edwards (Greg Dunn Design); Marty Saggese (SfN); Tracy Bale (UPenn); Rick Huganir (Johns Hopkins University)
6 Feb 2014 Washington D.C. - Dramatic video that shows the effect of particles and energy from the Sun on Earth's climate and weather is among the first place winners of the annual 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the journalScienceand the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

"Dynamic Earth" is the title of the film animation project, which "depicts the vast scale of the Sun's influence on the Earth, from the flowing particles of the solar wind and the fury of coronal mass ejections to the winds and currents driven by the solar heating of the atmosphere and ocean", stated Horace Mitchell from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, who designed the four-minute video segment with his collaborators. "Moving through these flows gives the viewer a sense of the grandeur in the order and chaos exhibited by these dynamic systems." Visualizers from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio created the video excerpt for a lengthier planetarium movie, narrated by Liam Neeson. The full-length film is now playing at over 60 planetariums around the world and has an estimated viewership of 500,000.

"The winners made scientific data beautiful and brought their new ideas to life, while at the same time immersing the viewer in science", stated Monica M. Bradford, executive editor of the journalScience, which is published by AAAS, the non-profit international science society. "The award recognizes this remarkable talent for creating thought-provoking videos and visuals."

"Invisible Coral Flows", a photograph that shows the beauty of micro-scale flows produced by reef-building corals, features on the cover of the 7 February 2014 issue ofScience. "Corals create these flows by waving minute hairs, or cilia, lining their surface to remove debris and enhance their exchange of nutrients and gases with the surrounding seawater", explained Vicente Fernandez from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The annual competition, which allowed the public to share their favorite work on social media, received 1,983 public votes for the People's Choice awards. One of these award-winning entries, "Wearable Power", describes a product that has power sources built into fabric for clothing. It could be used in the medical, military and sportswear industries. "It demonstrates how this technology may eventually be used in everyday life", stated Kristy Yost from Drexel University. "We are developing yarns that can be fully knitted and integrated into energy-storing fabrics to power future generations of electronic clothing."

The international competition, currently in its eleventh year, honours recipients who use visual media to convey scientific research and ideas to the general public. Staff committee members from NSF and Science screened the 227 entries from 12 countries, which included 17 U.S. states and Canadian territories. The criteria for judging included visual impact, effective communication, freshness and originality.

Some highlights of the annual challenge, which showcases interactive videos and spectacular visuals, include:

  • Map the Brain: A citizen neuroscience game, called "EyeWire: A Game to Map the Brain", allows players to map the 3D structure of neurons in the brain. "Mapping an entire human connectome is one of the greatest technological challenges of all time", stated Sebastian Seung, who is based at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Over 100,000 people from 135 countries joined EyeWire.org in its first year", stated team member Amy Robinson.
  • Journey through the Human Gut: The 3D animation by Arkitek Studios, "Immunology of the Gut Mucosa", explores how the human body's immune system responds to bacteria in the gastro-intestinal system - how it protects against food-borne pathogens and how it responds to bacterial invasion - from the macro scale down to the subcellular level and looks at how the inner workings of the body achieves its balance.
  • See the Beauty of Nanoparticles: The People's Choice video, "Spherical Nucleic Acids", is another animation produced by the Seagull Company and Northwestern University that gives the viewer a first-hand look at the properties that mark SNAs as a potential treatment for diseases with a genetic basis. Derived from the research conducted by Dr. Mirkin, the content is an overview of how the properties make them favourable for therapeutic treatments in the field of biomedicine.

Other winning entries include an interactive App that engages students in the STEM fields to solve problems in science; a photo, inspired by Japanese woodwork, that shows the fine structure of leaf hairs; a digitally painted illustration that describes the four-stage cycle of a cold-stunned sea turtle; a digitally printed image on a cotton-fabric quilt with layers of colour-coded passwords to illustrate how many people choose identical passwords; a 3D game that explores the depths of the world's oceans; a novel biofilm imaging technique implemented on a hand sculpture to convey the growth of bacteria - at 400 times normal resolution; a tool that allows the user to scroll through time and see the Earth transform from a molten mass to the planet we know today; and more.

A special news feature in the 7 February 2014 issue ofSciencepresents each of the winning entries and is available to the public without registration. A related slideshow is also publicly available at http://scim.ag/VisChall2013 , http://www.AAAS.org , and the NSF's website at http://www.nsf.gov/news/scivis/ .

Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...