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The Most Powerful Supercomputer Of 2009 Is Already Obsolete

Roadrunner, the first petaflop computer, is being decommissioned at the ripe old age of five.<p>Computers grow up so fast these days. The Roadrunner supercomputer, once the fastest computer in the world and the pride of Los Alamos, had a rich and full life. Born in 2008, it broke the Petaflop barrier, …

Hybrid Memory Cube receives its finished spec, promises up to 320GB per second

The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has been almost too patient in developing a standard for for its eponymous technology -- efforts began 17 months ago -- but it at last has more than good intentions to show for its work. Its just-published HMC Specification 1.0 lets companies build platforms and …

In Attempt To Break Gridlock, Los Angeles Becomes First City To Synchronize Every Streetlight

The traffic-plagued city has 4,500 lights across 469 square miles.<p>It's amazing how frustrating it can be to drive in L.A. Superhighways are jam-packed, cars crawl along in the worst rush hour of your life even though it's only 2 p.m., and yet no one rides the scary subway. Last summer, it took me …

Orașul în paragină: la Sfânta Vineri

Dintr-o nouă seria de articole intitulate “orașul în paragină”, pe care vreau să o actualizez de câte ori văd și fotografiez exemple concludente, …

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This Periodic Table Of Booze Will Get You Atomically Wasted [Infographic]

Boozey goodness broken down by type, flavor, and, of course, alcohol by volume.<p>There are so many decisions to make when you're drinking. Do you want something light and fruity, or a full-tilt, 40-percent-plus brain-obliterator?<p>Good thing there's this periodic table-inspired chart to help you out. …

The Most Incredible Pictures Of Every Planet In Our Solar System

Each and every planet--and one dwarf planet--in our solar system, represented with the single best image ever taken of it. Say hello to our neighbors.<p>Updated:<p>Captured with NASA's Messenger spacecraft, this is the most complete view of Mercury ever taken. It was compiled very recently, on February …

This Is Now The World's Lightest Material

This one's made of carbon, and it's super absorbent, too!<p>Check out this contender for the title of "world's lightest solid." To demonstrate just how light it is, Zhejiang University in China, where the material's creators are based, has published pictures of chunks of it perched on small leaves, …