IBM Aims Cloud at Design Engineering
News 7/28/2011 5 comments To accommodate the growing complexity of its POWER7 chip R&D project and to reduce costs, IBM created an HPC cloud offering tuned for engineering. Now the offering is available as a commercial product.
Solvay Pumps OLEDs
News 7/27/2011 2 comments Global chemicals giant Solvay is making a $14.5 million investment in Plextronics in a push to to jumpstart development of printed electronics such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
NHTSA Wants Hybrids & EVs to Be Louder
News 7/18/2011 24 comments The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to propose regulations that would call on manufacturers of electric cars and hybrids to add special sounds to their vehicles to make them safer for pedestrians.
Putting a New Face on CAD Interoperability
News 7/10/2011 18 comments While working with multiple CAD systems still has its share of interoperability challenges, vendors have made strides leveraging new technologies and creating new workflows to facilitate cross-platform design.
P&G Offers Free Simulation Software to SMB Manufacturers
News 7/6/2011 5 comments As part of the broad Advanced Manufacturing Partnership announced by President Obama, P&G has promised to deliver free digital simulation software to small and midsized manufacturers to help foster innovation and spur product development efficiencies.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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