From this week’s Popular Science: Oak Ridge National Labs has deployed what should be the world’s fastest supercomputer when the world’s petaflops are tabulated next month, and it is dedicated to open science http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-10/introducing-titan-worlds-new-fastest-supercomputer

The Library has upgraded its Scifinder Scholar subscription to the Academic Unlimited Access Program. This means that you have 24/7 access to Scifinder regardless of the number of users. Regards Kevin Lindstrom Science & Engineering Reference Librarian

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has announced that a Peter Wall Institute Major Thematic Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to Dr. Michael Wolf, Principal Investigator (Chemistry) for a project entitled “Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications” for the period 2012-2016. http://www.pwias.ubc.ca/awards/thematic-programs/major-thematic-grants.php

From ASEE daily briefing: Popular Science (10/20, Kane) reports, “Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford professor and head of the project, and Google engineer Chris Urmson, delivered a keynote speech at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco, explaining how the” Google’s self-driving fleet of Priuses work. “The ‘heart of the system’ […]

A team of scientists is investigating the ‘usefulness of music in science and math education’, and have created a website, with the help of an NSF grant, that includes a database of songs about engineering, math and science. Sing About Science & Math: songs for teaching, learning and fun My favourites: Graphene – the Musical […]

From ASEE update: Popular Science (6/16, Dillow) reports on Kilobots, small robots designed by Self Organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard that according to the article “demonstrate some interesting swarm behaviors, even if they’re not necessarily ‘doing’ anything yet.” The article features a video of the small robots performing a variety of tasks. The robots […]

From ASEE daily news digest: The International Business Times (5/17) reports that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a study funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Force Research Labs, found that “biofuels may pollute the environment much more heavily if the process used to make them isn’t done in the right […]

This week, IBM computer named Watson will play against the two best human Jeopardy players, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Watson is an effort by I.B.M. researchers to advance a set of techniques used to process human language. It provides striking evidence that computing systems will no longer be limited to responding to simple commands. […]

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