Here is your first look at the atomic structure of the HIV capsid

Today's comment of the day comes to us from commenter Ryan M, who responded to our call for the most incredible images of 2013 with a nominee from something that he's been working on: The first look at the atomic structure of the HIV capsid. » 12/18/13 4:30pm 12/18/13 4:30pm

​What will NASA be doing with its new quantum computer?

Earlier this year, NASA, in partnership with Google, acquired the world's largest quantum computer. But just what does the space agency plan to do with a device with such revolutionary potential? We talked to one of their lead researchers to find out. » 11/20/13 11:40am 11/20/13 11:40am

Watch the most accurate supercomputer simulation yet of the universe

Using some of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet, the fine folks at Argonne National Lab have constructed a virtual model of the universe that tracks 1.1 trillion particles as they expand and bind. The achievement is four times larger than previous simulations. » 11/12/13 7:20am 11/12/13 7:20am

This computer took 40 minutes to simulate one second of brain activity

And it required 82,944 processors, to do it — showing that we're still quite a ways off from being able to match the computational power of the human brain. » 8/06/13 3:00pm 8/06/13 3:00pm

The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin

Bitcoin mining machines are insane powerhouses, and they're only getting crazier. How much power is getting sunk into the digital cryptocurrency? More than the world's top 500 supercomputers combined. What a waste. » 5/13/13 1:06pm 5/13/13 1:06pm

Should we build a supercomputer on the moon?

NASA currently controls its deep space missions through a network of huge satellite dishes in California, Spain and Australia known as the Deep Space Network (DSN). Even the Voyager 1 probe relies on these channels to beam data back to Earth as it careers away into space. » 9/18/12 4:30pm 9/18/12 4:30pm

IBM’s Sequoia crushes all other supercomputers in new ranking

Step aside, Fujitsu K — there's a new king of the mountain, and its name is Sequoia. For the first time in three years, an American-built device has taken top spot in a ranking of the 500 most powerful supercomputers. Developed by IBM, Sequoia will be used to – get ready for the letdown – carry out simulations to… » 6/18/12 1:39pm 6/18/12 1:39pm

A Happy Ending to the Movie "Pi" in Real Life

If you saw Darren Aronofsky's frenetic, disturbing flick Pi, you know that its hero, a supergenius who invents a super algorithm, meets a rather terrible end. Though he wants to use his algorithm for the forces of good, he's pursued by evil corporate schemers who want to use it to predict the stock market. Eventually… » 7/08/08 2:08pm 7/08/08 2:08pm