Last Update on June 19, 2013 07:34 GMT
IN THE NEWS: INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY SURVEILLANCE FOILED PLOT TO BOMB NYSE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. intelligence community is continuing to try to paint a brighter image on the revelation that authorities are regularly monitoring cell phone records and tracking the use of the Internet. Army General Keith Alexander is the head of the National Security Agency -- the department that handled the two surveillance programs in the news these days. He told members of Congress yesterday he monitoring of data and phone calls helped foil a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange. Alexander also told lawmakers that the leaks by Edward Snowden have caused "irreversible and significant damage" to the nation's interest and has undermined the U.S. relationship with its allies.
IN THE NEWS: CHINESE UNIVERSITY BUILDS WORLD'S FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTER
BEIJING (AP) -- China is making a stand as a rising power in the fields of science and technology. A new listing of the world's fastest supercomputers shows that a Chinese university has come up with the swiftest such model. And what's more, the speed of the new Chinese supercomputer is nearly twice as fast as the U.S. machine that previously had the top spot. The listing shows the Chinese supercomputer is capable of doing 33,860 trillion calculations per second -- which is pretty darn swift. While you'd think it would be sweet to run one of those babies at home, they have a much more serious job than playing online games and sending email. Supercomputers are used for complex tasks like modeling weather systems, simulating nuclear explosions and designing jetliners.