New chips and new shapes

Intel unveils an 80-core CPU. What’s more, it consumes only 62 W. Can the days of massively-parallel bioinformatics applications on a desktop be far away?

In other news, mathematicians develop a new shape. Named the Gomboc, it helps explain how turtles right themselves.

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