Latest E-Science Stories

2011-12-13 22:48:46

With a sustained data rate of 186 gigabits per second, high-energy physicists demonstrate the efficient use of long-range networks to support cutting-edge science Researchers have set a new world record for data transfer, helping to usher in the next generation of high-speed network technology. At the SuperComputing 2011 (SC11) conference in Seattle during mid-November, the international team transferred data in opposite directions at a combined rate of 186 gigabits per second (Gbps) in a...

Possible Higgs Boson Sighting Too Be Revealed Next Week
2011-12-08 13:18:18

Scientists will be revealing the outcome next week from their latest results of looking for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). One of the main scientific goals at the particle-accelerating machine at CERN is to prove the existence of the Higgs boson particle, or also known as the "God particle." This theoretical particle is believed to give everything in the universe mass, and scientists have been ramping up research at CERN in hopes of finding it. Professor John...

CERN Narrows Search For Higgs Boson
2011-11-25 06:10:31

The search for the elusive particle believed to help form the universe following the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago has been narrowed down to a specific location on the mass spectrum, and researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) should either find it -- or definitively prove that it doesn't exist -- sometime next year. On Thursday, CERN researcher James Gilles told Robert Evans of Reuters that the "high mass region" of the mass spectrum "has now been...

CERN Launches Upgrade Project For The Large Hadron Collider
2011-11-17 06:05:43

Physicists from around the world kicked off a major initiative on Wednesday to upgrade the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN -- the world´s leading laboratory for particle physics -- into a vastly more powerful space research machine by 2020. The work brings together scientists and engineers from some 14 European institutions, Japan and the United States, with the goal of developing new technologies in fields ranging from super-conducting magnets to energy transfer lines. While...

Image 1 - Higgs Boson App Released For Android Devices
2011-10-10 08:30:44

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider -- located on the French-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland -- have unveiled a new free app for Google Android phones and tablet computers that lets users see events unfolding live inside the particle accelerator in a 3D view. The app, called LHSEE, has already been downloaded more than 10,000 times. It was created by scientists, led by Dr Alan Barr, at Oxford University and has full approval of CERN. While the app doesn´t capture everything,...

Physicists Should Consider Their Carbon Footprint
2011-09-30 04:18:01

In October's issue of Physics World, Phil Marshall, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford, calls on physicists to pull their weight when it comes to climate change, drawing on his own research showing that astronomers average 23,000 air miles per year flying to observatories, conferences and meetings, and use 130 KWh more energy per day than the average US citizen. Marshall says that physicists must not only act as "trusted voices" in climate-change debates, but also do all they...

Image 1 - Stampede Charges Computational Science Forward In Tackling Complex Societal Challenges
2011-09-23 04:31:46

  New resource will bolster the computational capacity NSF can provide to the open science community The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday announced that it will deploy and support a world-class supercomputer with comprehensive computing and visualization capabilities for the national open science community. Made possible by a $27.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this new deployment is part of the...

2011-09-13 22:51:47

TEAM Project Offers First Worldwide View of Declining Mammal Populations A novel software system developed by researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has been used in the first global camera trap study of mammals, which made international headlines last month by emphasizing the importance of protected areas to ensure the diversity and survival of a wide range of animal populations. The study, led by Jorge Ahumada, an ecologist...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'