An avid fan of Autodesk software, but precluded from tapping some of the more popular 3-D design tool because you’re on a Mac? Not a problem any more, according to Autodesk officials. The firm recently inked a deal with Parallels to make the Parallels Desktop for Mac the preferred virtualization software for Autodesk products. The partnership means Mac users can run programs like AutoCAD, Inventor Professional and Autodesk 3ds Max on Mac OS X in virtualization mode via the Parallels Desktop. Earlier this year, Autodesk added official support for these products on the Mac via Boot Camp, a utility offered with the Apple operating system that enables users to create a separate hard drive partition on an Intel-based Apple computer where you can install a Windows OS. Officials say the Parallels offering delivers a much more robust and streamlined solution.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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