Curious about what big cities are in the Chechnya region of Russia or what exactly constitutes its Golden Ring? Soon you might not have to contemplate a trip there to find out, but tap the Internet to get a bird’s eye view of the major cities in this sweeping country.
According to a report on the Russian-InfoCentre Web site, Microsoft has been in talks with two Russian companies to make the Russian territories part of its Virtual Earth project. Microsoft Virtual Earth, a competitor to Google Earth, is aiming to one up its competitor by providing full 3D models of Russia’s large cities and territories. The companies are talking about using high-performance hardware for a digital air survey as well as automatically generating textured 2D models of buildings and other structures.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.