Over at Wired, Sarah Scoles reports that an area a few miles west of Cheyenne, Wyoming, is becoming a bit of a community of supercomputers and data centers. The National Center for Atmospheric Research, "which spends money from the National Science Foundation to learn about things like atmospheric chemistry, climate, weather, and wildfires," has recently built a new building to house two new supercomputers to study space weather (solar storms and such that can bombard the Earth with electronics-disrpting radiation). Microsoft and others also have data centers and supercomputers in the area. Why the great, beautiful, open spaces of Wyoming? First, "it has the fifth-coldest average temperature in the country, so they could save on keeping the supercomputer chill," writes Scoles. "And the low humidity, while it aggravates aging skin, makes that natural chilling more efficient." Second, the business taxes are very small compared to some other states, and there are programs for buildings such as these to get even further breaks. Read Sarah Scoles' full article over at Wired.

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