Saturday , February 24 2018

Task Force finds open data's 2 biggest challenges are finding it and using it when you do find it

Two of the greatest challenges to effectively using open research data are that: even when it is notionally accessible researchers often simply cannot find that data, and if they do find it they cannot use it because of frustrating format variabilities and other compatibility issues, the first report of the Open …

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3-D models help scientists gauge flood impact

Using one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, a research team performed one of the first highly resolved, 3-D, volume-of-fluid Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations of a dam break in a natural environment. The simulation allowed the team to map precise water levels for actual flood events over time. Source link

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New statistical model examines massive amounts of data to automatically spot anomalies

With the number of security breaches and cyber-attacks on the rise, cyber-security experts may soon have a new tool in the fight against online threats. Scientists have developed a new statistical method for monitoring networks to automatically detect ‘strange behavior’ and ultimately prevent intrusion. Source link

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Software lets designers exploit the extremely high resolution of 3-D printers

Today’s 3-D printers have a resolution of 600 dots per inch, which means that they could pack a billion tiny cubes of different materials into a volume that measures just 1.67 cubic inches. Such precise control of printed objects’ microstructure gives designers commensurate control of the objects’ physical properties. But …

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When robots help with shopping

Today, the desired book, toy or household appliance can be purchased by a click only — thanks to online mail order business and smart logistics. The bottleneck in logistics, however, is the high-bay store, where many picking and detection processes cannot yet be executed automatically by robots. At the Amazon …

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DNA sequencing tools lack robust protections against cybersecurity risks

A new study analyzing the security hygiene of common, open-source DNA processing programs finds evidence of poor computer security practices used throughout the field. In a scientific first, the team also demonstrated it is possible to compromise a computer system with a malicious computer code stored in synthetic DNA. Source …

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