Scientists at U.S. National Laboratories are still testing nuclear weapons among the mountains, desert, and chaparral of the American West. High-tech machinery and warehouses stocked with supercomputer processors take data on warheads and explosions—yes, there are still explosions, which crack like rifle fire on schedule in the distance.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) denied on Saturday the accuracy of a Wall Street Journal report that alleged its joint venture with Chinese companies gave the latter country access to advanced processor technology that could have military applications, saying that did “everything correctly and transparently” and did not violate U.S. law.
CSIRAC, Australia’s first computer, ran its debut program all the way back in 1949. Now, almost 70 years later, you can check it out in the flesh (well, plastic), at Melbourne’s Scienceworks, where it’s on permanent display.