I have been on the road for several days visiting various southwestern universities with research programs in energy and nanotechnology similar to my work at the University of North Texas. On my way from Las Vegas, NV to Irvine, CA, I passed through the town of Baker, CA on Highway 15. Over 900 hearty souls call this desert town, the self proclaimed “Gateway to Death Valley”, their home. Interestingly, while there is no sign of civilization for at least 50 miles in any direction, Baker sits on the main thoroughfare between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Thus, it may hold the distinction of being among the most isolated yet most visited towns in California.
Interestingly, despite recent apparent increases in global average temperature, the 134 ºF record was set in the midst of a heat wave on July 10, 1913; almost 95 years ago. The record has never been matched. Global warming seems to not have manifested in Death Valley.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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