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US supercomputer Titan does calculations for HZDR cancer research
(Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) For their calculations, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will now, starting in 2015, have access to the World's second-fastest computer. The Dresden research initiative is one of 56 projects the US Department of Energy has granted access to Titan as part of their INCITE program. HZDR's 3-D simulations of laser-accelerated ions is listed as one of their six 2015 highlights. Insights from the computations may prove useful in proton-based cancer therapy.

Open for business: 3-D printer creates first object in space on space station
(NASA/Johnson Space Center) The International Space Station's 3-D printer has manufactured the first 3-D printed object in space, paving the way to future long-term space expeditions.

NASA completes Rodent Research-1 operations on the International Space Station
(NASA/Johnson Space Center) With the successful completion of mission operations for Rodent Research-1, NASA has brought an important new biological research capability into space.

First harvest of research based on the final GOCE gravity model
(Technische Universitaet Muenchen) Just four months after the final data package from ESA's GOCE satellite mission was delivered, researchers are laying out a rich harvest of scientific results at the 5th International GOCE User Workshop in Paris. The GOCE Gravity Consortium, coordinated by the Technische Universitt Mnchen, produced all of the mission's data products. On this basis, studies in geophysics, geology, ocean circulation, climate change, and civil engineering are sharpening the picture of our dynamic planet.

Toolkit for ocean health
(Frontiers) One of the global leaders in ocean science, Professor Carlos Duarte has shared his insights on the future of the world's oceans in a paper published in the international open-access journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

A colorful gathering of middle-aged stars
(ESO) The MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has captured a richly colorful view of the bright star cluster NGC 3532. Some of the stars still shine with a hot bluish color, but many of the more massive ones have become red giants and glow with a rich orange hue.

NASA's Webb Telescope mirror tripod in action
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Setting up NASA's James Webb Space Telescope's secondary mirror in space will require special arms that resemble a tripod. NASA recently completed a test of the tripod to ensure it would function properly in space.

Satellite views early Thanksgiving travel trouble areas in US
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) As the US Thanksgiving holiday approaches this Thursday, November 27, NOAA's GOES-East and GOES-West satellites are keeping a weather eye out for storms that may affect early travelers. In an image from Nov. 25, the satellites show an active weather pattern is in place for travelers across the central and eastern US.

20,000 meteorites and counting
(Case Western Reserve University) A new book provides a history of the Antarctic Search of Meteorites program, details about thousands of specimens, what's been learned, and how researchers can obtain samples for free. The program, created by William Cassidy, ensures access to scientists and museums around the world, eliminating what was sure to be a competition for the resources.

Atmospheric scientist argues for adaptability of techniques of atmospheric modeling
(World Scientific) How should we deploy the current resources, or those that may become available in the future, to improve the quantitative prediction of weather events with high societal and economic impact?

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