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Engineer on the prowl between the big black boxes. Engineer on the prowl between the big black boxes. University of Edinburgh

So supercomputers are mega-powerful, but what can they actually do?

A new supercomputer, called ARCHER, has recently been launched. ARCHER is a Cray XC30, funded by EPSRC and NERC. It is more than three times more powerful than its predecessor, HECToR, and is hosted by…
Here’s looking at you kid. Here’s looking at you kid. PA/Peter Byrne

Japanese supercomputer takes big byte out of the brain

Researchers in Japan have used the powerful K computer, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to simulate the complex neural structure of our brain. Using a popular suite of neuron simulating software…
Everything we see around us could be little more than bits in a giant supercomputer. Everything we see around us could be little more than bits in a giant supercomputer. petertandlund

Alert: you may be living in a simulated universe

As a cosmologist, I often carry around a universe or two in my pocket. Not entire, infinitely large universes, but maybe a few billion light years or so across. Enough to be interesting. Of course, these…
Programmers will find ways to harness the massively distributed global internet. Programmers will find ways to harness the massively distributed global internet. Night Owl City

Can the mother of all supercomputers save us from Big Brother?

Today I’m annoyed at Facebook. Among the amazingly witty and touching postings from my friends and Amnesty International are “pages you might like” and advertisements for things I don’t need, especially…
Understanding DNA is vital to developing our knowledge of complex diseases. Understanding DNA is vital to developing our knowledge of complex diseases. DNA Art Online

Want to assemble the human genome on your desktop? Now you can …

Imagine taking a thousand copies of a phone book, shredding them all together, then trying to use the overlapping pieces to reconstruct a copy. This is a simple problem compared to assembling the human…

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