SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer Assists in Latest LIGO Discovery

Newswise — This week’s landmark discovery of gravitational and light waves generated by the collision of two neutron stars eons ago was made possible by a signal verification and analysis performed by Comet, an advanced supercomputer based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego. The discovery was made using the National […]

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Beneath the peaceful rolling waves of a lake is a rumble, imperceptible to all but seismometers, that ripples into the earth like the waves ripple along the shore. Scientists report that these small seismic signals can aid science. As a record of wave motion in a lake, they can reveal when a lake freezes over […]

A Fashionable Chemical and Biological Threat Detector-on-a-Ring

A Fashionable Chemical and Biological Threat Detector-on-a-Ring

Credit: The American Chemical Society First-of-its kind ring sensor can detect chemical and biological threats. Newswise — Wearable sensors are revolutionizing the tech-world, capable of tracking processes in the body, such as heart rates. They’re even becoming fashionable, with many of them sporting sleek, stylish designs. But wearable sensors also can have applications in detecting […]

New Amazon Threat? Deforestation From Mining

New Amazon Threat? Deforestation From Mining

Newswise — Sprawling mining operations in Brazil are destroying much more of the iconic Amazon forest than previously thought, says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest. The research, published in Nature Communications, finds that mining-related forest loss caused roughly 10 percent of all Amazon deforestation between 2005 and 2015, […]

Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future

Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future

NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team By Michael Marshall The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia have struck the British Isles, causing widespread disruption and damage on Ireland. The cyclone, now downgraded to an extratropical storm, has reportedly led to three deaths. It is unusual for a hurricane to reach western Europe while still at or near hurricane strength. […]

New software speeds origami structure designs

New software speeds origami structure designs

Researchers have developed a new computer-aided approach that streamlines the design process for origami-based structures, making it easier for engineers and scientists to conceptualize new ideas graphically while simultaneously generating the underlying mathematical data needed to build the structure in the real world. Origami paper folding techniques in recent years have been at the center […]

How to clean up the dirty water Puerto Ricans are drinking

How to clean up the dirty water Puerto Ricans are drinking

Joe Raedle/Getty By Aylin Woodward It is almost a month since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, yet nearly 80 per cent of the island is still without electrical power and more than 30 per cent of people there don’t have access to potable drinking water. The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that some citizens are […]

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves–ripples in space-time–in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been observed in both gravitational waves and light. The discovery was made using the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory; the Europe-based Virgo […]