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Military Labs Develop Caffeinated Jerky and “Zapplesauce”

October 31st, 2011 10:58 admin View Comments

The Military

A military research facility outside Boston has come up two new super foods for MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat). Soon soldiers will able to stay awake during guard duty thanks to caffeinated meat sticks. They’ll have the energy for extended patrols from a “super-charged” applesauce. From the article: “‘There is a lot of science that goes into this,’ said David Accetta, a spokesman for the Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center, where every item put into an MRE is tested and tasted. ‘And that’s what a lot of people don’t realize. It’s not just a bunch of cooks in the kitchen making up recipes.’”

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Obama to Sign Executive Order to Prevent Drug Shortages

October 31st, 2011 10:56 admin View Comments

Coolest Halloween Costume Of 2011 Using Two iPads

October 31st, 2011 10:46 admin View Comments

Coolest Halloween Costume Of 2011 Using Two iPads

October 31st, 2011 10:46 admin View Comments

They Might Be Giants Answers Your Questions

October 31st, 2011 10:37 admin View Comments

Music

Earlier this month you got a chance to ask They Might Be Giants about DIY albums, nerd culture, and science songs. Below you’ll find their responses. Thanks to the band for taking time to answer questions. I wish them another 30 years of making music and success!

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Color Profiles: Jailbreak App Allows You To Add Custom Color Themes To Your iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

October 31st, 2011 10:23 admin View Comments

Are Pregnant Women Subconsciously Avoiding Giving Birth on Halloween?

October 31st, 2011 10:13 admin View Comments

Are Pregnant Women Subconsciously Avoiding Giving Birth on Halloween?

October 31st, 2011 10:13 admin View Comments

Progress Spacecraft Launch Successful

October 31st, 2011 10:53 admin View Comments

ISS

Zothecula writes “The future of the International Space Station (ISS) became more secure on Sunday, October 30, 2011 when the Russian space agency Rosocosmos carried out a successful launch of an unmanned Progress spacecraft. The 15,718 lb (7,130 kg) cargo ship carried its three tons of supplies into orbit and successfully deployed its solar arrays without incident. This launch confirms that the Soyuz-U launch vehicle is once again safe to carry the manned spacecraft needed to ferry crews to the ISS.”

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China Builds 1-Petaflop Homegrown Supercomputer

October 31st, 2011 10:12 admin View Comments

China

MrSeb writes “Drawing yet another battle line between the incumbent oligarchs of the West and the developing hordes of the East, China has unveiled a new supercomputer that uses entirely-homegrown processors — 8,704 of them, to be exact. The computer is called Sunway BlueLight MPP and it has a peak performance of just over 1 petaflop — or around the 15th fastest supercomputer in the world. Sunway uses the ShenWei SW-3 1600, a 16-core, 64-bit MIPS-compatible (RISC) CPU. The process used to make the chips is not known, but it is likely 65 or 45nm, a few generations behind Intel’s latest and greatest. Each of the 139,264 cores runs at 1.1GHz, the entire system has 150TB of memory and 2PB of storage, and of course it’s water-cooled. The ShenWei chips are based on the Loongson/Godson architecture, which China — as in, the country itself — probably reverse engineered from a DEC Alpha CPU in 2001 and has been developing ever since. Sunway is significant for two reasons: a) It’s very low-power; it consumes just one megawatt, about half of its contemporaries and one seventh of the US’s Jaguar — and b) This is China’s first significant supercomputer to be built without Intel or AMD processors.”

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