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What to Do With All That Time?

Starting in 2010, the Department of Energy will be releasing a record amount of supercomputing time, 1.3 billion processor hours, as compared to this year's 900 million processor hours, writes Wired Science. The hours up for the taking will be on Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Cray XT system "Jaguar" and Argonne's IBM Blue Gene/P "Intrepid." The DOE's Jeff Sherwood says, "It's for research that would not be possible without petascale computing."

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.