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Using the PlayStation to Protect the Nation

Put 1,760 PlayStation 3 consoles together in a room and what do you get? Either one gigantic gaming get-together – or a staggeringly-quick super computer “capable of executing 500 trillion floating point operations per second.”

The unit, constructed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, cost around $2 million to build – but is about ten times more cost- and energy-efficient than comparable computers.

According to this POPSCI article: "The AFRL will use the Condor Cluster for quickly processing high-res satellite imagery, radar enhancement, and even research into artificial intelligence”.

So, feel free to utilize that little bit of information next time someone tells you that video games are a waste of time.

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Finding Art in Everyday Sights
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Artist Paul Gledhill "draws on" everyday sights for inspiration. See more on Instagram.

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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A hidden-object image features rows of Santas carrying sacks.
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

A hidden-object image features rows of Santas carrying sacks with the solution circled in red.

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