Microsoft Corp. (Redmond, WA) and Silicon Graphics (Mountain View, CA) are collaborating on a new 3-D Graphics De-vice Driver Kit (DDK) for the Microsoft Windows operating system. The DDK will provide graph-ics chip vendors and OEMs with an accessible method for creating, certifying, and distributing 3-D graphics drivers based on Silicon Graphics OpenGL graphics technology for Windows. Micro-soft will offer chip and hardware developers a direct source for OpenGL DDKs. The new DDK will enable the seamless ac-celeration of applications based on the OpenGL API on Windows 9x and Windows NT. The program is expected this spring with distribution from Microsoft and joint development and support from Silicon Graphics and Microsoft. For more information on a 3-D Graphics license, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "3-D Graphics DDK Licenses." For more information on Open GL support on Windows e-mail: email@example.com.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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