The New York Times reported today on San Diego's Dr. Sara Mednick, a associate professor at UCSD. In her study, performance was assessed after three interventions: a nap, 200mgs of caffeine, or a placebo. The results: performance in motor and verbal tasks improved by napping, but not caffeine.
The US has shown a long standing lead in computer technology at the high end. New players in Europe and Asia are looking to potentially dethrone the US as the leader in the fastest supercomputer. The current leader, IBM currently has a machine at Los Alamos that can perform 1.1 petaflops--about a million times faster than a decent desktop personal computer. Because of the ever falling price of CPUs, it is now possible to built supercomputers at a much… Continue