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- Stardance by Spider and Jeanne Robinson
- A new model of the ocean currents created thanks to the GOCE satellite
- ENIAC, one of the first computers in history, has been put on public display
- Guardians of the Phoenix by Eric Brown
- The arrival of three new astronauts on the International Space Station completes the Expedition 42 crew
Tag Archives: Hardware
Part of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), considered for decades the first electronic computer, has been put on public display at the Fort Sill Field Artillery Museum in Oklahoma, in the USA, after a restoration. The project began during World War II to solve computational ballistic problems related to the launch of artillery shells but was activated only in 1946.
Last Monday on the International Space Station a 3D printer was installed, the first designed to work in space in microgravity. For the moment it’s an experiment to see if this type of instrument is working properly in that kind of conditions. Once the testing phase is completed, they can begin to produce objects of practical use on the Station.
Hewlett-Packard has officially announced its intention to split into two separate companies. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will focus on products and services for businesses with Meg Whitman as CEO, thus maintaining the role she has in the current company. HP Inc. will be the company that will focus on personal computers and printers with Dion Weisler as CEO and Meg Whitman as chairman of the board.
IBM and Mayo Clinic have announced a project to use the Watson cognitive computing system in medical research in order to find more quickly the most appropriate clinical trials, especially for cancer patients. Those tests that provide patients suffering from various forms of cancer access to new types of treatments. The use of Watson is also expected to be extended to clinical trials concerning other types of diseases.
IBM announced Watson Discovery Advisor, a cloud service that uses the technology of the Watson artificial intelligence system devoted to research. The purpose is to assist researchers in testing their hypotheses and draw conclusions to accelerate their work. Watson’s ability to analyze massive amounts of data will find patterns and connections very quickly.
Google has published a paper about Mesa, its new data warehousing system, used specifically to handle its online advertising business data. It’s a system used to create reports and analyzes for the company mangers. Due to the enormous amounts of data managed globally by Google, it’s a very complex system, requiring something more than other systems created by Google over the years.