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Articles posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Monster Machines: The Supercomputer That Houses An Entire Universe Gizmodo Australia

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Category: Science

From www.gizmodo.com.au

Over a span of two weeks in October, the Mira supercomputer will crank away nonstop, processing quadrillions of operations every second — something that few other machines are currently capable of doing.

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Beijing’s Dangerous Game by Perry Link NYRblog The New York Review of Books

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Category: China

From www.nybooks.com

What is it, today, that the people at the top in China want to achieve by stimulating and advertising anti-Japan sentiment? They do not say, of course, so the world must guess, but in broad outline the guessing isn’t very hard.

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Grade inflation: why weren’t the instructors all giving all A’s already?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Category: Education

From andrewgelman.com

The real question is, why have grades been going up so slowly?

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Quantum cryptography: yesterday, today, and tomorrow Ars Technica

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Category: Technology

From arstechnica.com

Quantum cryptography is one of those amazing tools that came along before anyone really asked for it. Somehow there are companies out there selling very high end, and "provably secure" cryptography gear, all based on fundamental principles of quantum mechanics.

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