November 18, 2014

4:10 PM | Another 52 Things hits the shelves
The new book is out today: 52 Things You Should Know About Palaeontology. Having been up for pre-order in the US, it is now shipping. The book will appear in Amazons globally in the next 24 hours or so, perhaps a bit longer for Canada. I'm very proud of this volume. It shows that 52 Things has legs, and the quality is as high as ever. Euan Clarkson knows a thing or two about fossils and about books, and here's what he thought of it:  This is sheer delight for the reader, with a great […]
4:06 PM | Houston’s Electric Utility Reaping Windfall Profits, Asking For More
The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP), a consumer advocacy group, reports that Houston company CenterPoint Energy is pulling in tens of millions of dollars in excess profits, and Houston’s electrical customers are the ones paying the bill. Texas is … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | As Temperatures Rise, Soil Will Relinquish Less Carbon to the Atmosphere Than Currently Predicted
New Berkeley Lab model quantifies interactions between soil microbes and their surroundings.
5:00 AM | Researchers Develop New Acoustic Sensor for Chemical and Biological Detection
Testing for ovarian cancer or the presence of a particular chemical could be almost as simple as distinguishing an F sharp from a B flat, thanks to a new microscopic acoustic device that has been dramatically improved by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

November 17, 2014

5:00 AM | Around the World in 52 Months
The Department of Energy’s ARM Climate Research Facility has selected six field campaigns to take place from 2015 through most of 2019. These new efforts kick off in the summer of 2015 at the Southern Great Plans site.
5:00 AM | INCITE Grants Awarded to 56 Computational Research Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science announced 56 projects aimed at accelerating scientific discovery and innovation that will share 5.8 billion core-hours on America’s two fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science.

November 14, 2014

3:36 PM | Imaging with vectors
Even though it took way too long (I had been admiring it for quite some time), I recently became the first kid on the block to own a Lytro. The Lytro, if you haven't heard, is sort of like a camera, except that it definitely isn't. Apart from a viewfinder on one end, a piece of glass on the other, and a shutter release button on top, it doesn't really look or feel like a point-and-shoot or SLR either. It actually bares a closer resemblance to a pocket-sized telescope. So don't you […]
5:00 AM | Procter & Gamble and Temple University Scientists Model Skin’s Makeup Using Titan Supercomputer
Simulations run on the nation’s most powerful supercomputer for open science gave researchers a molecular-level understanding of how our skin performs some of its essential functions.
5:00 AM | New Project Will Expand Opportunities for Biological Discovery With SLAC’s X-ray Laser
A planned experimental station at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will expand capabilities for atomic-scale explorations in human health, biology, energy and environmental science using one of the brightest X-ray sources on the planet.
5:00 AM | Department of Energy Awards $425 Million in Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies
CORAL and FastFoward 2’s supercomputing investments will help ensure U.S. scientific, economic and national security for future generations.

November 13, 2014

5:00 AM | Latest Supercomputers Enable High-Resolution Climate Models, Truer Simulation of Extreme Weather
Berkeley Lab researcher says climate science is entering a new golden age.
5:00 AM | Study at SLAC Explains Atomic Action in High-Temperature Superconductors
Results are first to suggest how to engineer even warmer superconductors with atom-by-atom control.

November 12, 2014

5:00 AM | Investigating the Earth’s Inner Workings
A team is using Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Titan supercomputer to reveal the Earth’s inner workings via adjoint tomography simulations, or monitoring the interaction of a forward wavefield, in which the waves travel from the source to the receivers, and an “adjoint” wavefield in which the waves travel inversely from the receivers to the source.
5:00 AM | Energy Department Awards New Contract to Manage and Operate Brookhaven National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.

November 11, 2014

2:34 PM | R is for Resolution
Resolution is becoming a catch-all term for various aspects of the quality of a digital signal, whether it's a photograph, a sound recording, or a seismic volume. I got thinking about this on seeing an ad in AAPG Explorer magazine, announcing an 'ultra-high-resolution' 3D in the Gulf of Mexico (right), aimed at site-survey and geohazard detection. There's a nice image of the 3D, but the only evidence offered for the 'ultra-high-res' claim is the sample interval in space and time (3 m × 6 […]
8:36 AM | Six questions for Simon Levin
Read an interview with Princeton University Professor Simon Levin—IIASA council chair 2003-2008--has won numerous awards for his interdisciplinary research in environmental sciences, economics, and evolutionary biology. Continue reading →

November 10, 2014

5:00 AM | Termite of the Sea’s Wood Destruction Strategy Revealed
For bioenergy researchers, including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, the shipworm’s destructive capabilities could prove useful for the industrial production of advanced biofuels from woody plant mass.
5:00 AM | ORNL Materials Researchers Get First Look at Atom-thin Boundaries
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made the first direct observations of a one-dimensional boundary separating two different, atom-thin materials, enabling studies of long-theorized phenomena at these interfaces.

November 07, 2014

5:00 AM | Discovering the Undiscovered
Researchers at the Joint Genome Institute advance new tools to fill the microbial tree of life.

November 06, 2014

5:00 AM | Golden Approach to High-speed DNA Reading
Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California Berkeley create unique graphene nanopores with optical antennas for DNA sequencing.

November 05, 2014

1:34 PM | Journey of your life: Demography for the demos
With the new Web site from IIASA population researchers, you can find out where you fit in to the world population, and even look up your estimated date of death. IIASA researcher Samir K.C. explains the science behind the new tool. Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Mountains and Winds Confound Particle Distribution
Data gathered by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and their collaborators show that local recirculation patterns, rather than the long-range transport of pollutants, create layers of aerosols above California’s Central Valley.
5:00 AM | Researchers Hit Milestone in Accelerating Particles with Plasma
SLAC demonstration shows technique is powerful, efficient enough to drive future particle accelerators.

November 04, 2014

7:08 PM | Hints of major changes in 2014 RFS mandates
As the election season winds down, we expect the Obama administration to release the long awaited volumes of renewable fuel that should be blended for 2014 (which the RFS law specifies EPA should have released November 2013).  A recent article linked … Continue reading →
4:22 PM | All the time freaks
Thursday was our last day at the SEG Annual Meeting. Evan and I took in the Recent developments in time-frequency analysis workshop, organized by Mirko van der Baan, Sergey Fomel, and Jean-Baptiste Tary (Vienna). The workshop came out of an excellent paper I reviewed this summer, which was published online a couple of weeks ago: Tary, JB, RH Herrera, J Han, and M van der Baan (2014), Spectral estimation—What is new? What is next?, Rev. Geophys. 52. doi:10.1002/2014RG000461. The paper […]
5:00 AM | Physicists Narrow Search for Solution to Proton Spin Puzzle
New Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) results reveal that gluons make a significant contribution to spin, an important intrinsic particle property; transient sea quarks also play a role.

November 03, 2014

1:12 PM | Mapping the global palm oil boom
Palm oil is widely blamed for deforestation, but also brings jobs and economic development. IIASA researchers Aline Mosnier and Johannes Pirker argue that with better land-use planning, healthy forests and palm oil plantations can co-exist. Continue reading →
5:00 AM | Mathematical Models Shed New Light on Cancer Mutations
A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School, using computing resources at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), have demonstrated a mathematical toolkit that can turn cancer-mutation data into multidimensional models to show how specific mutations alter the social networks of proteins in cells.

October 31, 2014

4:00 AM | Global Model Comparison Project Finds Large Diversity of Organic Aerosol Representations
More than 70 researchers from 46 international institutions compared the ability of 31 models to simulate comprehensive physical and chemical characteristics and lifecycle of carbon-containing atmospheric vapor and particles.
4:00 AM | Iron-based Superconductor Simulations Spin Out New Possibilities on Titan
Rutgers team develops computational model for predicting superconductivity.
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