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Can't This Thing Go Any Faster?

Intel announced the next generation of its processor lineage. The Penryn chip will give PCs a 45 percent boost for "bandwidth-intensive tasks" compared to the company's current quad-core Xeon chip, according to this story in PC World. GTO's guessing orders for mega-scale air conditioners should get a boost, too.

In a tantalizing bit of the story, PC World's reporter writes:


"Finally, Intel shared its plans for a programmable architecture code-named 'Larrabee' that could allow a system to run at trillions of floating point operations per second (teraflops) of performance, a huge boon to applications in scientific computing, mining, visualization, financial analytics and health care."

We'll keep you posted as Intel decides to share a little more.

 

 

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.