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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

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.