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NASA’s Rupak Biswas Investigates the Weird World of Quantum Computing

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In this special feature, John Kirkley talks with Dr. Biswas to learn more about NASA’s fledgling involvement in the weird world of quantum computing.

Obama Initiative Leverages Big Data to Explore the Brain

This week President Obama announced a research initiative that has the ambitious goal of “revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain,” according to a White House press release. Know as BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), the initiative is being launched in FY 2014 with an initial budget of about $100 million, a modest […]

Blue Waters Ready to Handle Floods of Data

Big Data requires big computing, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is doing its part with the launch of Blue Waters, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. U of I held an open house a couple of weeks ago, inviting one and all to visit its National Petascale Computing Facility and kick the tires […]

Think of This: Most of the World’s Data is Unanalyzed

The idea that we use only 10 percent or less of our brain is one of those persistent myths that stubbornly refuses to go away. In reality, that bit of gelatinous grey matter between our ears has been extensively mapped and it appears that most of it has a function. So the notion that if […]