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Cray XK6 Supercomputer Used To Simulate Ice Cream 55

An anonymous reader writes "The processing power available inside modern supercomputers isn't just able to help us better understand the universe we live in, develop better medicines, and model complex systems. Apparently it is also helping to make better ice cream. Research has been carried out at the University of Edinburgh to simulate the soft matter that makes up ice cream. More specifically, scientists are trying to understand the complex interactions occurring between the many different ingredients that make up your favorite flavor of the delicious cold stuff."
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Cray XK6 Supercomputer Used To Simulate Ice Cream

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  • Re:weird inference (Score:5, Informative)

    by jpatters ( 883 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @05:30AM (#40788349)

    I'm sure the physics will be interesting, but it is much more fun to study ice cream making empirically. I've had the best luck by simplifying as much as possible. That and a teaspoon of vodka per quart of ice cream keeps it soft and scoopable no matter how long it stays in the freezer.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek