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July/August 2013

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Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis
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Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis

From Facebook to Google searches to bookmarking a webpage in our browsers, today's society has become one with an enormous amount of data ...  [more]

Review of Biotreatment, Water Recovery, and Brine Reduction Systems for the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant
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Review of Biotreatment, Water Recovery, and Brine Reduction Systems for the Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant

The Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) in Colorado is one of two sites that features U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons that need to be destroyed. [more]

Engineering Aviation Security Environments--Reduction of False Alarms in Computed Tomography-Based Screening of Checked Baggage
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Engineering Aviation Security Environments--Reduction of False Alarms in Computed Tomography-Based Screening of Checked Baggage

On November 19, 2001 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created as a separate entity within the U.S. Department of Transportation ... [more]
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Views of the NAS and NAE on Agenda Items at Issue at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012

The passive, receive-only Radio Astronomy Service (RAS) and the Earth Exploration-Satellite Service (EESS) provide ... [more]
Novel Processes for Advanced Manufacturing
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Novel Processes for Advanced Manufacturing: Summary of a Workshop

The Standing Committee on Defense Materials Manufacturing and Infrastructure (the DMMI standing committee) of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Research Council (NRC) held a workshop ... [more]


New Energy Web Site Launched

DEPS launched the re-tooled America's Energy Future Web site featuring energy-related reports and news and events from around The National Academies. The new site also features the 2008 AEF archives including audio and video from the Summit.

Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis

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The Board on Mathematical Sciences and Its Applications (BMSA) and its Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics just released Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis. This report examines the frontier of analyzing massive amounts of data, whether in a static database or streaming through a system. Data at that scale-terabytes and petabytes-is increasingly common in science (e.g., particle physics, remote sensing, genomics), Internet commerce, business analytics, national security, communications, and elsewhere. But the tools that work to infer knowledge from data at smaller scales do not necessarily work, or work well, at such massive scale. New tools, skills, and approaches are necessary, and this report identifies many of them, plus promising research directions to explore. It discusses pitfalls in trying to infer knowledge from massive data, and it characterizes seven major classes of computation that are common in the analysis of massive data. Overall, the report illustrates the cross-disciplinary knowledge-from computer science, statistics, machine learning, and application disciplines-that must be brought to bear to make useful inferences from massive data. A pre-publication copy may be downloaded from

Video Briefing for "Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields"


Please click the image to watch a briefing on the report Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields by Hank Hatch, chair of the Decisive Soldier Committee of the Board on Army Science and Technology.  You can also read the report and download the PDF Report in Brief.


The Future of American Manufacturing

The National Materials and Manufacturing Board met on July 8-9 in Washington, DC. In addition to a discussion among board members of the future of American manufacturing the Board heard presentations from the following speakers:

Dan Mote, President, National Academy of Engineering
Mary Galvin, Director, Division for Materials Research, National Science Foundation
Harriet Kung, Associate Director for Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy
Mick Maher, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA
Michael Molnar, Chief Manufacturing Officer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Lewis Sloter, U.S. Department of Defense

Visit the NMMB Web site for more information about their work.


Muon g-2 Particle Ring Hits the Road

The Muon g-2 particle ring has reached the Fermi National Lab in Chicago. A sea barge was chosen as the safest way to move the 50-foot, 15-ton ring which can't flex more than 3 millimeters without causing irreparable damage. The ring traveled down the coast, around the tip of Florida and up the Gulf of Mexico to the Tombigbee, Missouri, and Des Plaines rivers. It reached Chicago on July 26.


For more information check out the DEPS reports Revealing the Hidden Nature of Space and Time: Charting the Course for Elementary Particle Physics (2006), and Nuclear Physics: Exploring the Heart of Matter (2012).


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Upcoming Meetings

July31-August 1, 2013
Assessment of Technologies for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-duty Vehicles, Phase2
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
Hyatt Regency
Sacramento, CA



August 13-14, 2013
Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment
Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
Keck Center
Washington, DC

August 13-15, 2013
Panel on Information Science at the Army Research Laboratory
Laboratory Assessments Board

September 13-14, 2013
Condensed Matter and Materials Research Committee Meeting
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Keck Center
Washington, DC



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