Most cat owners already know that cats are smart, but now scientists have learned just how smart cats can be.

Researchers at IBM and Stanford University modeled a cat’s cerebral cortex using the Blue Gene/IP supercomputer, which currently ranks as the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world. The simulated cat brain runs about 100 times slower than a real cat’s brain. The cat cortex simulation consisting of 1 billion brain cells and 10 trillion learning synapses, the communication connections among neurons.

If scientists can use a cat’s brain to help create smarter supercomputers, perhaps your cat’s brain holds untold secrets of the universe. At the very least, we know that most cats are smarter than many people, so it shouldn’t be surprising that a cat’s brain can help create smarter supercomputers as well.

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