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Intel Unveils 48-Core Research Chip

On Wednesday Intel shifted its Tera-scale Computing Research Program into second gear by demonstrating a 48-core x86 processor. The company is intending to use the new chip as a research platform for the purpose of lighting a fire under manycore computing.

Fires: Spotted from satellites, warned by phone

Combining satellite data with mobile phones offers cheap and effective tools for managing fires, says South African scientist Philip Frost.


South Africa, like much of the continent, is home to fiery landscapes that frequently burn. Many of these fires are not 'disasters' as such — indeed they are a necessary part of the ecosyste

Ricin 'antidote' to be produced

An anti-toxin that protects against ricin poisoning is to move into production for the first time. It is the result of eight years of work by researchers at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory based at Porton Down in Wiltshire.

Scientists find trawl of 32 new planets

European astronomers announced they had found 32 new planets orbiting stars outside our solar system and said on Monday they believe their find means that 40 percent or more of Sun-like stars have such planets.

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