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Better Than Farmville: A Simulated Century of Farming

Move over, Farmville. Researchers at the University of Missouri have simulated a century of agriculture. A graduate student at MU in Columbia, Mo., used computers to help him step back in time and watch how soil changed as prairies turned into farms.

Much of America's grassland was plowed under to make way for corn, soybeans and other crops before accurate records were kept. Farmers, conservationists and scientists want to know how soil changed under cultivation. Knowing that allows them to understand the value of prairies and develop strategies to protect or restore the land's fertility. [...]


Computer Simulation Cracks Chicken-Egg Puzzle

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Scientists in Britain think it was probably the chicken, after using new computer technology to try and crack the age-old riddle.

Researchers at the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick, in northern and central England, say the secret lies in the eggshell -- specifically the vital role played by a chicken protein in forming it.

Scientists already knew that the protein, vocledidin-17 (OC-17), plays a part in eggshell formation, but the new technology allowed the team to demonstrate exactly how the protein makes it happen.

In a computer simulation, the OC-17 protein acted as a catalyst to kickstart the formation of crystals that make up an eggshell by clamping itself on to calcium carbonate particles. [...]


3-D Simulation Predicts LA Will Bear Brunt of the 'Big One'

Any time there's a magnitude 8.0 earthquake, you'd expect a nearby city to get walloped. But according to a brand new simulation of what would happen if the "Big One" hit the San Andreas fault in southern California, the shaking would be particularly severe and last much longer in Los Angeles than in other parts of the region. Using the world's fastest supercomputer, Thomas Jordan of the University of Southern California and a team of researchers simulated how the ground would shake throughout Southern California and into Mexico in the event of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake centered northwest of Los Angeles. [...]

AEgis Technologies Delivers Vampire™ Embedded Virtual Training Software for US Army SUAS

Huntsville, Alabama (November 29, 2010) –The AEgis Technologies Group has been awarded $3.7M to license Vampire™ (Visualization and Missing Planning Integrated Rehearsal Environment) embedded training software for the Digital Data Link (DDL) Raven, Wasp and Puma AE small unmanned air vehicles to the US Army.

Through collaboration with AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV), AEgis has developed and delivered the Vampire™ simulation software as an embedded training capability that is hosted on the currently fielded UAS equipment requiring no additional hardware. Vampire™ software provides a virtual environment that allows operators to train and rehearse operator and mission-level tasks for each system.

“Vampire™ is being fielded to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) operators throughout the Army, providing significantly improved virtual training and mission rehearsal capabilities for both the Analog and updated DDL versions of these unmanned systems,” said Del Beilstein, AEgis Director of Business Development for Army Programs. [...]


AEgis Showcasing at I/ITSEC 2010 Conference

Orlando, Florida (November 16, 2010) - AEgis Technologies is showcasing training, simulation and modeling capabilities at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2010 Conference from November 29-December 2 in Orlando, FL.

AEgis will again be participating as an exhibitor at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference which boasts nearly 20,000 participants and more than 500 exhibits.  The theme for this year’s conference is Training Centric…Readiness Focused. [...]



New psychology theory enables computers to mimic human creativity

A dealer in antique coins gets an offer to buy a beautiful bronze coin. The coin has an emperor’s head on one side and the date “544 B.C.” stamped on the other. The dealer examines the coin, but instead of buying it, he calls the police. Why? Solving this “insight problem” requires creativity, a skill at which humans excel (the coin is a fake – “B.C.” and Arabic numerals did not exist at the time) and computers do not. [...]

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