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XSEDE Powers Polymer Research at MIT

Researchers at MIT are using XSEDE resources to study polymers, the chemical compounds used to make plastic, rubber, and more. Details of the project are contained in the paper “Tube Curvature Slows the Motion of Rod–Coil Block Copolymers through Activated Reptation.” Wang and Brad Olsen, project principal investigator and assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, in collaboration with Alexei Likhtman, professor of mathematical physics at the University of Reading in the U.K., performed fundamental research on what are called rod–coil block cop...

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Many fields of research are seeing changes in how that research is conducted thanks to advances in technology. Plant science is one of those, and NCSA is playing a role in two large projects. Historically, successful trait selection in plant breeding has involved manual measurement of individual plants. This requirement limits the number of plants that can be evaluated, and the scope of properties that can be measured. A new grant from the Department of Energy to researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and multiple partner institutions, including the University of Illinois...

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Solution for the week of November 2, 2015:

The "Langton's Ant in C and X11 solution C file" at the bottom of the
challenge contains a solution.

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HPC Research and Education News for the Week of November 9, 2015 Sponsored by XSEDE

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SDSC Names Ilkay Altintas Chief Data Science Officer

Altintas to Lead Cyberinfrastructure Research, Education, and Development

Ilkay Altintas has been appointed Chief Data Science Officer of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, effective immediately. Altintas, who joined SDSC in 2001, will lead the strategic coordination of all computational data science activities at SDSC while overseeing application-based solutions and their related technologies. Altintas was also named head of SDSC’s Cyberinfrastructure Research, Education, and Development divisio...

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IBM Research, Carnegie Mellon Create Open Platform to Help the Blind Navigate Surroundings

Scientists from IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon University today announced the first open platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that can enable the blind to better navigate their surroundings. The IBM and CMU researchers used the platform to create a pilot app, called NavCog, that draws on existing sensors and cognitive technologies to inform blind people on the CMU campus about their surroundings by “whispering” into their ears through earbuds or by creating vibrations on smartphones. The app analyzes signals from Bluetooth beacons located along walkways and f...

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Call for Papers - Flairs 2016: Special Track on Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security

May 16-18, 2016 – KeyLargo, Florida
Submission Deadline – November 16, 2015
Notification – January 18, 2016

Cyber Security is an interdisciplinary area that focuses on maintaining and reducing risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and resources in computer and network systems. The exchange and storage of electronic information must be protected to ensure business continuity within an institution. The challenges are high because of the number of people that can be affected wh...

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Study Asks: Can Math Teachers Teach Coding?

NSF Study will examine how Computer Science Shortages Can Best be Addressed

How do students and teachers learn math and computer science, and how can we ease the coming shortage of computer science teachers? Worcester Polytechnic Institute will partner with Brown University and Bootstrap to examine those questions. A team of computing education experts will study how students—and teachers—learn mathematics and computer science, and how those ways of learning can influence each other. The study, funded by a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $1.5 million, is of ...

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MSU Scholars Challenge Colleges to Reform STEM Learning

America’s colleges and universities need to transform not only how but what they teach in introductory science courses, a group of scholars from Michigan State University argues in Science magazine. Melanie M. Cooper and colleagues say college students are expected to learn too many facts that do not connect across their coursework or prepare them to apply scientific knowledge in their lives. They believe a different set of strategies taking hold in K-12 schools can be used to improve learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, during the first two years of co...

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November 2, 2015

You challenge is to write a version of a popular cellular automaton using C and X11.

Langton's Ant is a popular cellular automaton. The Wikipedia page for it provides a decent introduction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langton's_ant

Your challenge is to write a version that uses C and X11 to model the ant through 200 iterations, assuming the ant starts in a white cell in the center of the grid, facing left (immediately turning right and changing the cell beneath it to black...

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