Science and Technology News

Discovery of the Jekyll-and-Hyde Factors in 'Coral Bleaching'

Scientists are reporting the first identification of substances involved in the Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation that changes harmless marine bacteria into killers that cause "coral bleaching." Their study appears in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal.

GPU-Accelerated Cluster Launched in Australia

Technology designed to blast aliens in computer games is part of a new GPU (Graphics Processing Units) computer cluster that will process CSIRO research data thousands of times faster and more efficiently than a desktop PC. The new GPU cluster will complement the supercomputing resources available to CSIRO researchers, such as the recently installed NCI facility at the Australian National University. The CSIRO GPU cluster will be launched today in Canberra.

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

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