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Brazil budget crisis slows supercomputer from studying Zika

A supercomputer named Santos Dumont has been partially switched off in Rio de Janeiro due to government spending cuts. It was meant to be genetically mapping the Zika virus. "It seems nonsensical, at a moment like this when everyone is talking about the Zika virus," Antonio Tadeu, head of a government group responsible for high performance processing, told Reuters. "The financial problems have meant Santos Dumont is running below capacity since last month," he added. In the midst of Brazil's worst recession since the 1930s, funds to Santos Dumont's home at the National Laboratory of Computer Science have been cut by 20 percent, according to the Ministry for Science and Technology. Read more at

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