German university getting multi-petaflop Cray CS500 supercomputer

Paderborn University (Germany) has selected a Cray CS500 cluster accelerated by FPGAs as the first phase of its Noctua multi-petaflop supercomputer. The new supercomputer will be comprised of 272 compute nodes, connected by Intel’s 100 Gbps Omni-Path fabric. Each node will be equipped with two 20-core Xeon Gold (Skylake) processors, yielding a system core count …

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Super tiny drones will be made with computer chips that are 100 times more energy efficient

Engineers have worked made drones the size of a bumblebee and loaded them with even tinier sensors and cameras. Almost every part of a drone has been made smaller, except for the brains of the entire operation — the computer chip. Standard computer chips for quadcoptors and other similarly sized drones process an enormous amount …

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Best, most beautiful and most useful examples of dinosaur feathers found in amber

An amber specimen is now said to hold one of the best, most beautiful and most useful examples of dinosaur feathers. In recent decades, it’s become increasingly clear that modern-day birds are related to dinosaurs. And, while specimens of amber containing the remnants of feathered dinosaurs have been found before, an amber specimen described on …

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has raised $30 million in capital and $77 million in commitments and land rights

Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) are the two main companies working on Elon Musk’s vision of the Hyperloop. Both have set eyes on similar markets – the US, Emirates, Northern and Eastern Europe – to try and launch a first prototype of the innovation. Both are working on a magnetic levitation system that …

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No official calls but it is going to be President Trump

As of right now Real Clear Politics has the electoral college at 254 for Trump and 215 for Clinton. However, Pennsylvania is 99% counted and has Trump ahead 48.7 to 47.7 and Pennsylvania has 20 electoral college votes. The elected President needs 270 or more electoral college votes. Trump is also ahead in Michigan with …

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Engineered bacteria deliver an anti cancer tumor toxin in mice before self-destructing

A synthetic genetic circuit programmed into an attenuated Salmonella enterica subspecies can be used to systemically deliver an anti-tumor toxin into mice with cancer. The circuit allows the bacterial cells inside a tumor to synchronously self-destruct by lysis, releasing the toxin directly in the tumor Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the …

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China will have over 88 gigawatts of nuclear power by 2020 according to head of China Nuclear Energy Association

China’s nuclear power installed capacity, including that in operation and under construction, is predicted to top 88 gigawatts by 2020, said Zhang Huazhu, head of the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA), a national industry organization. Nuclear power will play a bigger role in improving the country’s energy structure, coping with climate change and controlling air …

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Planet Hunting Volunteers Comb Kepler Data to find more Habitable Planet and Moon Candidates

Wired – Volunteers from the Planethunters website have identified 15 new habitable planet candidates among data collected by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. One of the 15, a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting the solar-type star KIC 12735740, has been officially confirmed as a planet (with 99.9 percent certainty). Named PH2 b, it is the second confirmed planet to …

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