Cooler computing through statistical physics?

Recent breakthroughs in the field of nonequilibrium statistical physics have revealed opportunities to advance the "thermodynamics of computation," a field that could have far-reaching consequences for how we understand, and engineer, our computers.

Studying Mars on Earth: Planetary scientist conducting astrobiological research in Mojave Desert

Northern Arizona University assistant professor Christopher Edwards was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from NASA to understand the habitability of Mars by studying extreme, Mars-like environments on Earth.

Studying Mars on Earth: Planetary scientist conducting astrobiological research in Mojave Desert

Christopher Edwards received a $1.2 million grant from the PSTAR program to explore extreme environments on Earth for habitability and biosignatures, which can allow scientists to predict what to look for in space missions.

Perspectives on 10 Years of Discovery With Fermi

Ten years ago on this day, the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope (then called GLAST) was launched into space, beginning its mission to explore the most energetic light in the universe and the powerful cosmic processes that produce it.

Martian Dust Storms Ravage Rovers, Impact Future Mission Models

Don Banfield, a senior research associate specializing in planetary sciences at Cornell University, monitors dust storms and atmospheric science on the red planet. He says it's important to consider the risks associated with dust storms, like the one that has silenced the Opportunity rover, when designing future missions to Mars.

Astronaut and UVA Darden TEP Alumnus Scott Tingle Reflects on Six Months in Space

Astronaut Scott Tingle (TEP '15) landed safely back on terra firma 3 June, as his 168-day voyage on the International Space Station (ISS) concluded with a parachute landing in the desert of Kazakhstan

UF/IFAS Researcher to Experiment With Algae in Space

A University of Florida scientist will use the International Space Station to see if algae can help recycle carbon dioxide and eventually be used to help make plastics, resins and even food.

ORNL Launches Summit Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory today unveiled Summit as the world's most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer.

UNH Researchers Land Roles in NASA Mission to Study Outer Solar System

Researchers and engineers from the University of New Hampshire's Space Science Center (SSC) have been selected to be a part of a science mission by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space.

New Algorithm Enhances Ptychographic Image Reconstruction

Researchers from Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, the University of Texas at Dallas and Tianjin Normal University have developed an algorithmic model that enhances the image reconstruction capabilities of an algorithmic framework and computer software used to reconstruct millions of phases of ptychographic image data per second.

Scientists From Around the World Come to New Jersey to Discuss How to Control Plasma-Surface Interactions for Fusion

Article about 23rd international biennial conference on plasma surface interactions in controlled fusion devices to be held June 17-22 at Princeton University.

Celebrating 50 Years of Evaluated Nuclear Data

A library of nuclear reaction information first published in 1968 undergoes its eighth major update, which will be used by scientists and engineers worldwide in applications including nuclear physics, astrophysics, energy, medicine, and nonproliferation and safety.

The Secret to Measuring an Antineutrino's Energy

Scientists are developing better models that describe both neutrino and antineutrino data, which can offer insights into the nature of the universe.

Argonne's TechConnect Hat Trick

Argonne National Laboratory nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant has earned a TechConnect Innovation Award for the third year in a row. The award recognizes Sumant's work on nitrogen-incorporated ultrananocrystalline diamonds for application as a portable electron source in field emission cathodes. The technology was developed in partnership with Euclid Techlabs to create a superior field emission electron source for use in linear accelerators.

Missouri S&T Professor Promotes Materials of Tomorrow

As a boy, Dr. Joseph Newkirk was fascinated by artwork that depicted a sleek, space-age future of flying cars and robotic servants - the stuff of TV shows like The Jetsons. Today, Newkirk is still fascinated by a space-age future. and thinking about what future materials will be needed to transport people to Mars or make robots stronger.

Expert: NASA's InSight could provide insight into Mars' surface habitability, evidence of 'marsquakes'

Planetary geologist Mark Salvatore said this mission will provide the clearest look into Mars' interior structure, which will help scientists understand planetary formation and ways Earth and Mars differentiated over time.

Queen's Researchers Launch Exhibition Exploring the Anglo-Saxons Knowledge of the Skies and the Undiscovered 'Planet Nine'

Researchers from Queen's University Belfast have launched a new, interactive exhibition exploring the Anglo-Saxons understanding of the cosmos in the Middle Ages, and whether it may provide further clues on the whereabouts of the hypothetical 'Planet Nine'.

'Game Changing' Space-Mission Power System Passes Tests with Flying Colors

KRUSTY experiment demonstrates fission power's promise for lunar, planetary exploration

Quantum AI: Webcast to Explore the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Physics

Join physicist Roger Melko for a live webcast May 2 as he explores the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence to questions in fundamental physics.

A SLAC Legend Gives the Lab His Lifetime Collection of Precious Foils

Scientists who conduct experiments at the Stanford Radiation Synchrotron Lightsource (SSRL) have received an unusual and highly valuable gift--a library of element calibration foils for a technique used to understand the structure of matter called X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

Professor Wins NASA Award for Innovative Concept That Could Revolutionize Space Exploration

Wichita State University physics professor Nickolas Solomey has won one of NASA's coveted Innovation and Advanced Concept Awards (NIAC) for his research to create a neutrino detector for close sun orbit.

Muons Spin Tales of Undiscovered Particles

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) scientists are collaborating to test a magnetic property of the muon. The experiment could point to the existence of physics beyond our current understanding, including undiscovered particles.

Hubble 28th Anniversary Image Captures Roiling Heart of Vast Stellar Nursery

For 28 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been delivering breathtaking views of the universe. The latest offering is this image of the Lagoon Nebula to celebrate the telescope's anniversary. Hubble shows the roiling heart of this vast stellar nursery in stunning unprecedented detail.

Accelerating Scientific Discovery Through Code Optimization on Many-Core Processors

During a recent weeklong coding marathon at Brookhaven Lab, scientists, code developers, and computing hardware experts achieved from 2x to 40x speedups for scientific application codes running on supercomputers powered by Intel processors for high-performance computing.

Decades-Long Grant Brings Undergraduate Students to UAB for Summer Materials Research

A 21-year NSF-funded program that brings undergraduate students to UAB for a summer of materials research has been renewed with a grant from the NSF Division of Materials Research. The students come from underrepresented groups and from schools where research opportunities are limited.