Matt Peckham

Matt Peckham writes about games and general technology for TIME. His work has appeared in Variety, The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC News, MSNBC, The Sci-Fi Channel and others. He has an M.A. in English from Creighton University and lives in Michigan. Drop him a line here.

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World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Faster than 28,000 PS3s

Where in the world can you crunch over 8 quadrillion calculations per second? Find 672 computer racks linking an astonishing 68,544 CPUs, each of which harbors eight cores? Where the computing output is roughly equivalent to the power of 28,160 PlayStation 3s? *

On Japan’s “K” computer, that’s where. The supercomputer was built by …

Open Mouth, Insert Star: Black Hole Devours Celestial Body

When it comes to interstellar smackdowns, I’d generally say bet on stars. But when it comes to stars versus black holes, you’ll probably want to bet on the infinitely dense singularity from which nothing—not even light—can escape.

Such an event apparently occurred on or around March 28th, when NASA’s Swift satellite captured a …

How to Burn an OS X Lion Boot Disc

When Apple’s OS X Lion debuts in July, it’ll only be available through Apple’s Mac App Store. No retail copies, no white-edged Apple-gray install DVDs—just an install file you’ll purchase and pull down by conjuring the App Store from your Mac’s dock and perusing “New and Noteworthy” for a picture of Apple’s new tawny-maned kitty. Oh, …

NASA: Supermassive Black Holes at Heart of Ancient Galaxies

Occasionally supermassive and always super-ominous, light-devouring black holes may be the most spectacular byproduct of our Newtonian universe, and now we know a little more about how long they’ve been out there and what they’re up to, thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Astronomers pointed Chandra at a strip of sky for over …

Rumor: Microsoft to Announce Xbox 360 Successor at E3 2012

It looks like we may get a peek at Microsoft’s Xbox 360 follow-up when E3 2012 rolls around next June. That would put the Xbox “720″ (or whatever—let’s just hope not “You,” We,” or “Us”) squarely in competition with Nintendo’s Wii U rollout, if rumors about Nintendo’s spring-summer launch timeframe for it’s own next-gen console prove …

Claim: Sunspots to Disappear, Global Cooling May Ensue

You know what they say about a leopard not changing its spots, but when it comes to our sun, change is all but guaranteed. In fact new research suggests the sun may be on the verge of changing its sunspots in a way that could significantly alter weather patterns for the long haul, both on Earth and in space.

Three studies presented by …

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