1). Supercomputer Sets Speed Record. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/09/technology/09petaflops.php; An American military supercomputer, assembled from components originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long-sought-after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.
The new machine is more than twice as fast as the previous fastest supercomputer, the IBM BlueGene/L, which is based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
The new $133 million supercomputer, called Roadrunner in a reference to the state bird of New Mexico, was devised and built by engineers and scientists at IBM and Los Alamos National Laboratory, based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It will be used principally to solve classified military problems to ensure that the nation's stockpile of nuclear weapons will continue to work correctly as they age. The Roadrunner will simulate the behavior of the weapons in the first fraction of a second during an explosion
2). New Atheist Videogame Let's You Kill Bible Heroes. http://www.switched.com/2008/06/08/atheist-video-game-asks-players-to-slaughter-biblical-figures/; The game's objective? Slaughter people in the Bible and Koran to prevent the spread of organized religion. You've got to be kidding me!?
3). Senator McCain Wants US Embassy in Jerusalem. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1212659679638&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FPrinter; US Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain used the status of Jerusalem to attack his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama on Friday, accusing his opponent of flip-flopping on the issue while affirming his own commitment to an "undivided Jerusalem." …
"The point is Jerusalem is undivided. Jerusalem is the capital," he continued, and, in an effort to offer a practical demonstration of his stance, suggested moving the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv….On Thursday, the Obama campaign told The Jerusalem Post that the Democratic presidential nominee did not rule out Palestinian sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem when he called for Israel's capital to remain "undivided."
4) Minor League Baseball Coming to Burnsville? http://www.startribune.com/local/south/19697094.html?location_refer=Homepage; The proposal is to build a 7,200 capacity stadium near 35W and Highway 13 on a former dump site. This would allow the Northern League to return to Minnesota in time for the 2009 season. They claim they will not need public funding (we'll see on this one.)