For years, PLM has been the big draw at Dassault. Lately, the 3-D design tool firm has been making noises about SLM (simulation lifecycle management), the idea of putting similar data management, application integration and process automation capabilities around the practice of simulation.
Dasssault this week produced another chapter in this SLM story. The company bought Engineous Software, a small Providence, RI, company for $40 million. Engineous’ FIPER software is some sort of distributed development environment that lets organizations access, execute and reuse design simulation tools and processes within an organization and externally with partners. Dassault’s SIMULIA [www.simulia.com] brand says the acquisition will further help integrate simulation practices into the overall product development process.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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