The Department of Energy is getting a 10-petaflop supercomputer to help scientists design efficient electric car batteries, understand climate change and unravel cosmic mysteries.
The IBM-built system, nicknamed "Mira," will be operational at Argonne National Laboratory next year. At 10 quadrillion calculations per second, it will be twice as fast as today's fastest supercomputer and 20 times faster than Argonne's current model. If every person in the United States performed one calculation every second, it would take almost a year for them to do as many calculations as Mira will do in one second, according to IBM.
For a team of technology whiz kids at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, having a 3-D theater to work in just wasn’t enough. Using the curved 33-by-9-foot 3-D screen, a group there has created a touchscreen capable of more than 100 points of simultaneous contact.
You can’t buy absolution—at least, not anymore—but $1.99 will help you get there. A new app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch has been “developed for those who frequent the sacrament and those who wish to return” in what is the first known imprimatur to be given for an iPhone or iPad app. Can we get an Amen?
Laptop stands keep your computer cool, ventilated, and at a comfortable angle for typing, but they often seem expensive for what's essentially a bent piece of metal. Here's how to make your own easy and inexpensive stand from a metallic document holder, requiring only a few steps.
The burgeoning neural networks of fruit fly pupae solve a distributed computing problem, arranging sensory bristles in a very efficient, effective manner. Scientists who monitored the bristles‘ growth say they can mimic the flies’ method to build more effective communications networks.
It’s wasn’t unexpected but for those of us running Snow Leopard on our Macs it is significant: Apple launched it’s Mac App Store today as part of an update to Mac OS X 10.6, bringing the current version up to 10.6.6. For the uninitiated, the Mac App Store is like the App Store in iTunes that lets you purchase and load software apps to peripherals like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, but the apps are optimized to run on your computer. That’s right: Angry Birds for your desktop.
Samsung's CES press conference is usually the most lavish, and this year seems to be no different. Check out an up-close look at Samsung's standout new gear here, including their best new TV and an interesting tablet-notebook hybrid.
Physicists have stored information for nearly two minutes inside the magnetic spins of atomic nuclei, producing the longest-lasting spintronic device yet and what could be the world’s tiniest computer memory.
There’s just one problem: the computer operates at -454 F (about 3.2 degrees K) and requires a magnetic field roughly 200,000 times more powerful than Earth’s.
The slick touchscreens of our iPhones and Droids are visually magnificent and the epitome of tech chic, but their slick, untextured glass screens don't resonate with humans' tactile nature (that's why some people just can't kick the hardware button keyboard). Good tactile touchscreens – screens that impart a feeling of touch or texture in sync with a displayed image – have thus far eluded device makers. A new Microsoft project could change all that.
For about 18 minutes in April, a Chinese telecommunications company hijacked 15 percent of the Internet, redirecting U.S. government and military traffic through Chinese servers. The misdirection affected NASA, all four branches of the military, the office of the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Senate.