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 Monday, 4-August-2014  23:52:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm normally not much of a fan of "unboxing" stories, but here's an interesting one from Errol. We've done unboxing of smartphones, tablets, even servers before. But supercomputers? Welcome to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth, Western Australia, where we watched the unboxing of a machine that might well break the record for the largest supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. (We won't know until its switched on!)

The Large Hadron Collider will be up and running again soon - at full power, hopefully. CERN's 27-km Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is gradually restarting after being shut down for 16 months following a major maintenance and upgrade programme. CERN scientists hope that the upgrade – costing SwFr 150m (€124m) – will now boost the energy of the collider to the full design energy of 13 TeV.

Still on the sciency side of things, it turns out Alan Turing was right - about biology, this time. Researchers have shown that BMP and WNT proteins are the so-called 'Turing molecules' for creating embryonic fingers. Findings explain why polydactyly -- the development of extra fingers or toes -- is relatively common in humans, affecting up to one in 500 births, and confirms a fundamental theory first proposed by the founding father of computer science, Alan Turing, back in 1952.

The piracy debate continues, with Malcolm Turnbull saying copyright owners need to tackle infringement directly. "It is absolutely critical that rights owners have got to be prepared to actually roll their sleeves up and take on individuals," he said. "They've got to be prepared to sue people, sue mums and dads and students who are stealing their content. They can't expect everyone else to do that for them." Discussion continues here.



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