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.
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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