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Nvidia announces GeForce GTX 1080, 1070 GPUs for high-performance

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TEXAS — Nvidia has formally announced its next generation GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs.

Nvidia founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on Friday night unveiled its first high performance consumer graphics cards based on its Pascal architecture: the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.

According to Nvidia, its new GTX 1080 card is speedier and less expensive than its present first class card, the $1,000 Titan X, and it’s approximately three times as power efficient, as well.

While the GTX 1080 will offer a powerful alternative to the already formidable GTX 980, the GTX 1070 is set to replace the value-for-money GTX 970 card.

The impressive Titan X is expected to lag behind the new GTX 1080, according to insiders from the company. Both graphics cards will bring a significant performance increase to the table, and sport unrivalled power efficiency.

The GTX 1080 is the “largest GPU endeavor, largest chip endeavor, largest processor endeavor, in the history of humanity,” said NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. He added that the R&D budget for the new card was “several billion dollars” over the span of more than two years. “I’m pretty sure you can go to Mars [for that],” he said.

Graphics cards based on the GTX 1080 will be available worldwide on May 27, with an official starting price of $599 while GTX 1070 cards will go on sale June 10 starting at $379. There will also be “founders’ editions” of both cards, promising extreme overclocking, for $699 and $449 respectively.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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