One of the goals of Scientific Computing’s gift guide, in addition to providing you with interesting and eclectic gift suggestions, is inclusiveness. While the most obvious reflection of that is the diversity of items we suggest, as well as ensuring that there is at least something in everyone’s price range. However, beyond that, we recognize that our readers reflect a diversity of religions and cultural backgrounds, which is why we refer to this as our holiday gift guide. Traditionally, we start the gift guide off with a series of musical selections. This is both to reduce the stress that many associate with these holidays, as well as to introduce our gift giver and giftee to artists that they might otherwise never be exposed to and expand the range of their musical experience. My personal philosophy is to ignore the arbitrary labels that music companies or critics assign to a given style of music and instead explore the diversity of music and make your own … [Read more...] about Permutations in Holiday Gift Selections
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By Dick James, ChipworksLater this month, the good and the great of the electron device world will make their usual pilgrimage to San Francisco for the 2014 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting. To quote the conference web front page, IEDM is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling. IEDM is the flagship conference for nanometer-scale CMOS transistor technology, advanced memory, displays, sensors, MEMS devices, novel quantum and nano-scale devices and phenomenology, optoelectronics, devices for power and energy harvesting, high-speed devices, as well as process technology and device modeling and simulation. The conference scope not only encompasses devices in silicon, compound and organic semiconductors, but also in emerging material systems. IEDM is truly an international conference, with strong representation from … [Read more...] about IEDM 2014 Preview
What do you get for the friend who has everything? How about a personal submarine from U-Boat Worx of Breda, Netherlands? Now, you might want to quibble with our headline, because the C-Quester 1 submersible costs about US $130 000, which many would say is anything but cheap. Then again, it's a submarine, and that means it takes you where no other commercial product can go. ”This is a fantastic toy, and it's very easy--anybody who can drive a car can drive this little thing,” says Tom Juijn, who early this year became the first person to purchase one. Juijn, a professional diver who operates a marine salvage company in Cartagena, on Spain's Mediterranean coast, likes the sub so much that he has become U-Boat Worx's designated retailer in Spain and the Middle East. Juijn takes us through the machine's paces. First off, he says, ”there's no need for a diving suit--you can get in wearing a tie and a Sunday suit, and sit on a normal chair,” which puts your head in … [Read more...] about Holiday Gifts 2007
A series of black-and-white snapshots is splayed across the screen, each capturing a thin slice of my brain. The gray-scale pictures would look familiar to anyone who has seen a brain scan, but these images are different. Andrew Frew, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, uses a cursor to select a small square. Thin strands like spaghetti appear, representing the thousands of neural fibers passing through it. A few clicks of the cursor and Frew refines the tract of fibers pictured on the screen, highlighting first my optic nerve, then the fibers passing through a part of the brain that’s crucial for language, then the bundles of motor and sensory nerves that head down to the brain stem. Frew is giving me a tour of my white matter–the tissue connecting the neurons, or nerve cells, that make up gray matter. Something about the twisting, turning neural wires that ferry information between the neurons–their individual thickness, perhaps, or … [Read more...] about Intelligence Explained
It’s not a good time to be Nintendo. The Kyoto-based company reported losses of nearly $457 million in its 2013 financial year. Neither the Wii U or the 3DS hit their respective projected figures, but Nintendo isn’t planning to just sit back and take a beating. The company announced several ways it plans to turn its fortunes around, and we’ve recapped them below. The question is: Will these plans be any better than the many that preceded them, or is Nintendo in for an even worse 2014?Emerging markets ahoyIn an interview with Bloomberg, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo will develop and release new game devices for emerging markets. According to Iwata, the company would rather make products specifically tailored for those markets than sell cheaper versions of its existing devices. “We want to make new things, with new thinking rather than a cheaper version of what we currently have,” said Iwata. “The product and … [Read more...] about As its sales sink, Nintendo grasps at emerging markets, apps, and … figurines?
Life Sciences Healthy eating may preserve cognitive function and reduce the risk of dementia. That’s according to findings from four studies presented at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in London.The large population-based studies looked at several diets including the Mediterranean, a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH diet called the Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay, or MIND, and the Healthy Nordic Diet. In addition, a team of researchers at Columbia University presented data suggesting poor diet choices may lead to brain aging.Eating MIND-fullyThe Mediterranean diet has long been promoted as heart healthy, and now research is showing it’s protective against cognitive decline. Among the nearly 6,000 older adults in the Health and Retirement Study, those who consistently followed diets long known to contribute to cardiovascular health were also more likely to maintain strong cognitive function in old age. … [Read more...] about Food as Medicine in the Fight Against Dementia
Life Sciences Results from two large studies using DHA, an omega 3 fatty acid, were reported at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna.One of the trials was conducted by the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the second by Martek Biosciences Corporation (Martek), the primary company that makes algal DHA for supplementation. The NIA trial lasted 18 months and was conducted in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. Martek's trial was six months, and the compound was tested in healthy people to see its effect on "age related cognitive decline" (ARCD). Both studies used Martek's algal DHA.The results of the ADCS trial show no evidence for benefit in the studied population. The Martek trial showed a positive result on one test of memory and learning, but that study was in healthy older adults, not people with Alzheimer's or another dementia. The results need … [Read more...] about DHA Not Beneficial in Alzheimer’s