The search engine compares the semantic language – the real meaning of the content – in the documents to reveal unseen patterns and connections in fractions of a second.I saw a demo of the platform in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it has a lot of interesting potential.Omnity s basic search is still free, but its subscription packages and special information databases start at $100.The specialized information that Omnity is offering includes Securities and Exchange Commission filings and records, patents, Library of Congress data, court precedents and legal records, scientific journals, pharmaceutical and biomedical trials, financial reports, and U.S. Congress reports and legal history.Discovering unexpected connections between diverse knowledge domains reveals unique insights that sharpen focus and drive innovation.We created Omnity to help scientists, engineers, medical professionals, lawyers and financial people cope with the explosion of data and knowledge that is happening in every field of study.Omnity is designed to be powerful yet easy to use, and is priced so that organizations large and small can access this transformative technology.Unlike conventional search, Omnity said it can find related documents even when they do not cite or link to one another.The company is offering introductory pricing of its commercial service in five tiers, with the first month free for all paid tiers:
Someday soon, robotic insects may help rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of disasters, mountain climbers communicate over long distances, and intelligence agencies perform covert surveillance.Generally speaking, most micro aerial vehicles MAVs are only capable of flying for minutes at a time, and, since sustained flight is exhausting, it helps when they can perch up high to conserve energy.Perching is an important ability for flying creatures throughout the animal kingdom – you can see it in birds, bats, and butterflies.Its size sometimes makes for awkward takeoffs, but also enables the machine to perch on surfaces using electrostatic adhesion think static from a balloon which is too weak for larger MAVs to use.Wood, professor and principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-supported RoboBee project, said in a press release.This isn t the only remarkable robotic insect we ve seen lately.
This story is adapted from Steve Blank s commencement speech to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering earlier this week.And there are more to come: your first job, getting married, buying a house, having a child, becoming a manager, starting a company, retirement – and eventually commencement speaker.In 33% of the commencement speeches this year, 2.8 million graduates are going to hear advice about follow your own path.Soon I began to pester the head of the department about this new idea I had … that startups are not smaller versions of large companies.Actually they re entirely different.Established businesses execute business models, while startups search for them.Yet everyone – investors, entrepreneurs, academics — expected new startups to follow the same practices that worked for large companies: Write a business plan, forecast five-year sales projections, and build the product without ever talking to customers.I was a lone voice inside one of the country s leading business schools challenging the conventional wisdom of the last 40 years, proposing that everything we were teaching about starting companies was wrong.I can t tell you the number of very smart professors and venture capitalists who laughed in my face.Because I knew the clock was running and I was determined to make every day count.I saw something that they didn t and to their credit, Berkeley s Business School and then Stanford s Engineering School let me write and teach a new course based on my ideas.Five years later, the U.S. National Science Foundation adopted this class, now called the Innovation Corps, as the basis of commercializing science in the Unites States.Innovation comes from those who see things that others don t. It comes from people who not only question the status quo but keep persisting in the face of all the naysayers.Because your time here is limited.And VCs expect entrepreneurs to talk about not just their technology but their customer development findings.It was amazing to see the movement I started grow and thrive.Just recently, serendipity sent me down a new road that connected dots from 40 years ago to today.When I was 18, I served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.After hanging up my uniform I had little interaction with the military until four decades later, when a group in the Department of Defense invited me to give a talk about Lean methods.
STEM is fast becoming a business buzzword - CBR looks at the origins of the acronym and what it means for businesses today.STEM is the acronym referring to the academic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.The acronym was first used after a meeting on science education held at the US National Science Foundation NSF , when Dr Peter Faletra suggested a change from the old acronym SMET Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology to STEM.UK organisations such as the Stemettes and WISE actively lobby for more women to be schooled and hired in the STEM fields, using research to highlight the inequality of today's workforce and the perception of STEM among parents and children.Further research from WISE found that women make up 14.4% of the UK STEM workforce, with women working in ICT only making up 17.5% of the total workforce in that sector.Commenting on STEM as one of the key issues facing UK businesses, Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu UK, told CBR: "As the leader of a major corporate, the change that I would love to see in UK tech is greater coordination on the key issues that we are facing - digital skills and diversity.
Read more at Cnet or the National Science Foundation and see the movie with wall landing here. Scientists have recorded music from 13 billion old stars. Or directly through SoundCloud. Do you like to play, you will like this mathematician. In the movie below you can see how mosquitoes saw through your skin. Learn more about how it practically goes to the Popular Science.
The world is also dark, but at least everyone working within remembers when it wasn t: The Sun set for the first and last time of the year on March 20, and night spent the next month creeping across the sky.In the meantime those 48 people are exiled, cordoned off by storms, ice, winds—and the seemingly endless night.Something is wrong with one of them—wrong enough that the National Science Foundation is right now undertaking a rare and risky medical evacuation from the middle of the Antarctic ice sheet.You have to be extra careful all the time and more safety-minded than we are back home, says Katy Jensen, a site manager who has spent three winters at Amundsen-Scott.The plane needs to land on the ice and snow itself—with skis.Once it arrives at the research station, the plane will pick up the scientist whose emergency forced the NSF s hand.
Dell s PC and server shop has rolled out a series of High Performance Computer Systems targeting applications in life sciences, manufacturing and research.Stampede was installed in 2012 and was upgraded in partnership with Dell and Intel to 462,800 core Intel Xeon Phi system.However, plans are now underway for a Dell Stampede 2 capable of hitting up to 18 petaflops thanks to a $30m grant from the National Science Foundation.Dell s strategy is to exploit what it sees as a big market for supercomputer clusters outside the super leagues – in more mainstream manufacturing, for example – currently using single workstations as opposed to parallel clusters.In the back of everyone's minds, however, will be that Top500 ranking.At a theoretical 18 petaflops, Stampede 2 will remain outside the list of highest performers but it may, at least, help maintain Dell's presence.
View photosMoreCHILE OUT - NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE - A worker from the U.S. South Pole Amundsen-Scott station arrives at a clinic in Punta Arenas, Chile, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.A small plane with two sick U.S. workers arrived safely in Chile after leaving Antarctica in a daring rescue mission from a remote South Pole research station, officials said.They were described only as seasonal employees of Lockheed Martin, which is the prime contractor for operations and research support for the foundation's Antarctic program.The first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere was Monday — the sun will not rise at the South Pole until the first day of spring in September."The air and Antarctica are unforgiving environments and punishes any slackness very hard," said Tim Stockings, operations director for the British Antarctic Survey.It does astronomy, physics and environmental science with telescopes, seismographs and instruments that monitor the atmosphere.
The rescue attempt is considered treacherous given the extreme midwinter temperatures and distances involved.An unnamed staff worker at the National Science Foundation s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has become seriously ill.The medical situation is serious enough to facilitate a perilous midwinter rescue—a time of year when dark and cold conditions make routine flights treacherous.What we do know, however, is that the patient is seasonally employed through the Lockheed Martin Antarctic Support Contract, and that their illness could not be managed at the station.Prior to taking off, the fuel, batteries, and hydraulics need to be warmed.From there, the plane s three-person crew and one medical team member will rest before embarking to South America.
The rescue attempt is considered treacherous given the extreme midwinter temperatures and distances involved.An unnamed staff worker at the National Science Foundation s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station has become seriously ill.The medical situation is serious enough to facilitate a perilous midwinter rescue—a time of year when dark and cold conditions make routine flights treacherous.What we do know, however, is that the patient is seasonally employed through the Lockheed Martin Antarctic Support Contract, and that their illness could not be managed at the station.Prior to taking off, the fuel, batteries, and hydraulics need to be warmed.From there, the plane s three-person crew and one medical team member will rest before embarking to South America.
, the National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $1.5 million to five small projects looking to get kids involved with STEM topics, creative play and generally making stuff.University of Maryland researchers note that maker spaces, while touted as valuable community resources and good entry paths for STEM fields, are often inaccessible to the likes of inner-city youth: Even if they had a maker space nearby, many may not have the time or money to engage with it.The researchers propose creating a 3D print shop in Baltimore that will be run by local high school kids.The shop will, hopefully anyway, keep a few kids engaged with a passion they might otherwise be unable to pursue — and careful evaluation of the products and kids involved will help set a standard for future projects along these lines.No sense wasting that valuable data.But the fact is I m not actively either of those things, I m just a guy.
Clinton's campaign says she would permit start-up founders and early employees to forgo payments on their federal student loans for up to three years.Those who launch businesses that provide social benefits would also be permitted to apply for forgiveness of up to $17,500 of their debt after five years.Her agenda also includes proposals to connect every US household to high-speed internet by 2020, train 50,000 new computer science teachers, increase the research and development budgets of the National Science Foundation, and bolster cybersecurity, Reuters reported Tuesday.Clinton is also a strong proponent of the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, according to a statement issued to Reuters by her campaign.The rules, which were upheld by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals earlier in June, ensure that internet service providers treat data equally and cannot give or sell access to so-called internet fast lanes that would prioritize certain internet services over others."Hillary believes the government has an important role to play in laying a foundation for broad-based innovation and economic growth - by reducing regulatory barriers to entry, promoting healthy competition, and keeping the internet free and open," the statement read.NOW WATCH: This animated map shows how religion spread across the world Loading video...
MoreDemocratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana United States, June 26, 2016.REUTERS/Chris Bergin Reuters - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday laid out a technology and innovation agenda ranging from connecting every U.S. household to high-speed internet by 2020 to beefing up cyber security and reducing regulatory barriers.A statement issued by her campaign said Clinton strongly supports the Obama administration's net neutrality rules requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web fast lane.She will increase research and development budgets of the National Science Foundation and similar entities and will launch an initiative to train up to 50,000 computer science teachers, the statement said."Hillary believes the government has an important role to play in laying a foundation for broad-based innovation and economic growth - by reducing regulatory barriers to entry, promoting healthy competition, and keeping the internet free and open," it said.
This photo taken on June 27, 2016 shows the FAST at night.For half a century the National Science Foundation's Arecibo telescope, sited in Puerto Rico, has been the world's largest radio observatory.It measures 305 meters across and, among other major discoveries, has confirmed the existence of neutron stars.The observatory also featured prominently in the movie Contact.But now a Chinese observatory has superseded Arecibo.According to China's Xinhua news service, installation of the 500-meter FAST radio telescope is complete, with the last triangular reflector put into place.
A new federal initiative seeks to spark 5G mobile services and the internet of thingsThe U.S. National Science Foundation sees many benefits of next-generation wireless services.The U.S. National Science Foundation will spend more than US$400 million over the next seven years to fund next-generation wireless research in an effort to bring super-fast mobile service to the country.U.S. officials hope the investments, announced Friday, will speed up the county's move to next-generation 5G mobile service, potentially offering speeds of 10Gbps, and allow for a rapid expansion of the internet of things.The next-generation mobile services will enable self-driving cars, an "always on" IoT, smart cities, new virtual reality offerings, and video to aid police, firefighters, and emergency medical responders, said John Holdren assistant to President Barack Obama for science and technology."Time and again, history has shown us that when we make sustained federal investments in fundamental academic research and in public-private partnerships ... we as a nation reap the benefits," Holdren said at an NSF event in Washinton, D.C., Friday.
The Obama Administration on Friday announced a $400 million initiative led by the National Science Foundation that will conduct research in the area of 5G wireless technology which promises to be up to 100 times faster than today s 4G LTE.The Advanced Wireless Research Initiative AWRI , which builds on the Federal Communications Commission s recent Spectrum Frontiers vote, will deploy four city-scale testing platforms over the next decade that will be used for advanced wireless research.Each platform will be comprised of a network of software-defined radio antennas blanketing their respective cities, essentially mimicking existing cellular networks.The White House says this will allow academic researchers, entrepreneurs and wireless companies to test, prove and refine their technologies and software algorithms in a real-world setting.The cities, which haven t yet been named, will be selected based on open competition, the administration said.Yesterday s FCC vote made the US the first country in the world to free up large quantities of high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use.
Over the last century and a half, wireless communication has continued to evolve, enabling mobile phones, widespread sensors, global positioning systems and the development of a digitally-connected world.Last week, the National Science Foundation NSF — the independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science — announced the latest effort to spur new innovations: the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, a public-private partnerships that commits more than $400 million over seven years to support the research and infrastructure needed to create wireless communication systems far faster, smarter and more responsive than today s.This is far from NSF s first foray into wireless research.From fundamental mathematics to engineered devices to leading telecommunications companies, NSF support for fundamental wireless communication research led to the advances that enabled 3G, 4G, LTE and Wi-Fi and helped make the wireless world what it is today.Here are six pivotal advances in wireless communications enabled by NSF:In 1987, Andrew Viterbi, the co-founder of Qualcomm, Inc., received the first of two NSF Small Business Innovation Research SBIR awards to advance Code Division Multiple Access CDMA , a technology used in wireless communication throughout the world.
In this 2009 image provided by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shrimp surround a volcanic vent in the Pacific Ocean, south of Samoa.The first name on your family tree—in fact, on the family tree of every living creature—should technically be LUCA.As the New York Times explains, the acronym stands for the Last Universal Common Ancestor, an organism that lived about 4 billion years ago and became the ancestor of all life forms.Now, a new study in Nature Microbiology provides what its authors say is evidence that settles the debate about where this first life began: near hydrothermal vents, like those found near deep-sea volcanoes.Researchers at Germany's Heinrich Heine University say their genetic sleuthing has revealed that LUCA was tailor-made to live in such an environment—it was essentially "a heat-loving microbe that fed on hydrogen gas and lived in a world devoid of oxygen," in the words of Science.To figure out this genetic profile, the scientists examined 6 million genes associated with two simple and ancient forms of life, bacteria and archaea.
Science helped make the US a global superpower.It won World War II, launched the digital age, and sent humans to outer space.Even when those politicians are speaking at national conventions to nominate their candidate for president.So WIRED teamed up with QUID, a San Francisco data analysis startup, to look for key words from every speech given at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.No, we just looked for keywords—dog whistles, if you will—to say, Hey, Science, you re important.For the next four years, I m gonna take care of you, kid.
Big data is more important than ever in just about every scientific discipline — and the data is bigger than ever, too.To help manage that data and get it into the hands of scientists and students, the National Science Foundation is putting $35 million towards a pair of software institutes that will build the tools necessary for 21st-century research.The Molecular Sciences Software Institute will focus on — you guessed it — the molecular sciences.Research performed at this level of organization benefits greatly from computer models, but those models are limited in the number of factors, atoms, space, or time that can be simulated accurately.The plan is to improve the software and infrastructure used in the field, and share those resources with the rest of the world.The institute will enable computational scientists to tackle problems that are orders of magnitude larger and more complex than those currently within our grasp, Crawford said in the NSF s announcement.
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