A team of researchers turned to the world's fourth-fastest computer to shed a little light on how the human brain does its job, revealing just how little we know about how this vital organ works. Scientists from Japan and Germany used the 10.51-petaflop K supercomputer to replicate a single second of human brain activity, simulating 1.73 billion nerve cells and 10.4 trillion synapse connections, which took 40 minutes to complete.

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