A Digital Heart
Using the world’s second most-powerful supercomputer, Sequoia, Lawrence Livermore and IBM scientists have simulated the human heart at never-before-seen resolution. By dividing the muscular organ into tiny units (seen above), the electrophysiology and mechanics of heartbeats were accurately created inside of a computer. Some of their methods approach single cell resolution!
What’s the point? An accurate simulation of the heart can let scientists research heart problems like arrhythmia without cutting anyone open, and even simulate the effects of certain heart drugs. Perhaps, one day it will help doctors diagnose heart problems just by comparing your heartbeat to one inside a computer.
Of course, if your heart problems are more of the “Cupid” variety, then even this computer can’t help you. It will take a lot more computing power than this to figure out love.