While Celera, Compaq, and Sandia embark on building a 100 teraflop supercomputer, vendors at the other end of the supercomputing spectrum tout the advantages of hardware accelerators as a cost-effective alternative to pricey compute farms.

“Bioinformatics is a budget-limited process. It’s not a CPU-limited process,” said Jim Lindelien, CEO of TimeLogic. He said that accelerators such as Time-Logic’s DeCypher and Paracel’s newly released GeneMatcher 2 offer far better price/performance ratios than massively parallel general-purpose systems.

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Using DNA to sketch crime victims might not be a great idea, the NYTimes says.

Science has its own problem with sexual harassment. What do we do with the research these abusers produce, Wired asks.

Senate Republicans led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) are trying to change how the government funds basic research, reports ScienceInsider.

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