NASA's new winds mission installed, gathers first data
NASA's newest Earth observing mission, the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer, or ISS-RapidScat, is collecting its first science data on ocean wind speeds and direction following its successful ...
Public trust has dwindled with rise in income inequality
Trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in over three decades, analyses of national survey data reveal. The findings are forthcoming in Psychological Science, a jour ...
Data-visualization tool identifies sources of aberrant results and recomputes visualizations without them
In the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize patterns that a computer might fail to find even after hours of analysis.
New tool makes a single picture worth far more than a thousand words
A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if it could also represent a hundred thousand other images?
New system could reduce data-transmission delays across server farms by 99.6 percent
Big websites usually maintain their own "data centers," banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users' requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are ...
Researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip
The more cores—or processing units—a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes. For years, Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering ...
The Sheep Genome: Study shows how sheep first separated from goats
Scientists have cracked the genetic code of sheep to reveal how they became a distinct species from goats around four million years ago. The study is the first to pinpoint the genetic differences that make ...
Researchers offer 'proof' that oxygen is the only light element in the Earth's core
NASA image: Wonders in the Antarctic sky
In 43 hours across five science flights in late November 2013, NASA's P-3 research aircraft collected more than 20,000 kilometers (12,000 miles) worth of science data. Instruments gathered information about ...
In the age of open science, repurposing and reproducing research pose their own challenges
Growing numbers of researchers are making the data and software underlying their publications freely available online, largely in response to data sharing policies at journals and funding agencies. But in the age of open ...
Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
In colleges and universities across the country, undergraduate students in the social sciences are using an online educational tool that goes beyond the traditional presentation of demographic data as numbers ...
ARCHER supercomputer targets research solutions on epic scale
A new generation supercomputer, capable of more than one million billion calculations a second, is to be inaugurated at an event at the National Museum of Scotland today (Tuesday 25th March 2014).
Experts explain why big data is a big deal
Turns out even the experts have difficulty wrapping their heads around the concept of how quickly – and drastically – what's come to be called 'big data' has changed our daily lives.
California mulls how to regulate driverless cars (Update 2)
Sooner or later, consumers will be able to buy cars that rely on computers—not the owner—to do the driving.