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Build your own supercomputer! With PS3's!

Build your own supercomputer! With PS3's!

DIY guide now available! Mr. Ashby IM’d me frantically this afternoon to let me know about this little development, and I sent it along to BoingBoing with equal haste: Last year, Khanna’s construction of a small supercomputer using eight Sony-donated Playstation 3 gaming consoles made headlines nationwide in the scientific community. On the consoles, he is solving complex equations designed to predict the properties of gravitational waves generated by the black holes located at the center of the galaxies. “Science…

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And now, a descent into immaturity:

And now, a descent into immaturity:

I CALLED IT! Panels that generate energy from vibrations have been laid by ticket gates through which up to 80,000 passengers pass every day at Tokyo station. In theory, the system consisting of slates, rubber sheets and ceramics can generate enough energy to power automatic ticket gates or electric billboards at the station. In Fitting A New Suit, the main character (a Japanese man) keeps a “treadpad” inside his room and is obligated to generate energy with it as part…

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Earworms and DNA

Earworms and DNA

Social interactions can alter gene expression in the brain, and vice versa. A critical insight came in 1992, in a study of songbirds led by David Clayton. He and his colleagues found that expression of a specific gene increases in the forebrain of a zebra finch or canary just after it hears a new song from a male of the same species. …This may explain, in a very roundabout way, why I began rounding my vowels shortly after moving to…

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Things only tangentially related to the story I'm writing:

Things only tangentially related to the story I'm writing:

UCSB study finds physical strength, fighting ability revealed in human faces Subjects were asked to rank the physical strength or fighting ability of the people in the photographs on a scale of one to seven. When the photographs depicted men whose strength had been measured precisely on weight-lifting machines, the researchers found an almost perfect correlation between perceptions of fighting ability and perceptions of strength… They also found that perceptions of strength and fighting ability reflected the target’s actual strength,…

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