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Your computer just got more sluggish -- at least by comparison. The New York Times reports that a supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory just broke the petaflop barrier, "processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second," according to the story. At $133 million, the machine is double the speed of the previous fastest supercomputer and is based in large part on the Cell processors that first powered the Sony PlayStation 3.

 

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According to BBC News, the global vaccine-sharing initiative has sent its first shipment, which arrived in Ghana this week.

CNN reports that a US Food and Drug Administration document says Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine meets the requirements to receive an Emergency Use Authorization.

Researchers in France are developing a new, fast test for SARS-CoV-2 that initial testing indicates may be highly accurate, the Guardian says.

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