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It's a Big Cloud

Tech Review looks into last week's announcement of a cloud-computing research initiative that will include Intel, Yahoo, HP, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and Infocomm Development Authority in Singapore. The project will use six computing clusters each with between 1,000 and 4,000 processors to host complex, data-intensive tasks. "Making this marriage of substantial processing power, computing resources, and data resources work efficiently, seamlessly, and transparently is the challenge," says Illinois' Michael Heath.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.