ITI (Dresden, Germany, www.iti.de/simulation) has its ITI-SIM Version 3.3 engineering simulation software available for on-line tryouts. No need to register either—the package can be tried anonymously for a two-hour shakedown. The session can include loading sample model files, changing parameters, running simulations, and viewing the results. The viewer can also create his or her own models. For help there is a Getting Started tutorial as well as two test choices: Hydraulic Cylinder Drive and Automotive Powertrain and Vehicle Simulation. Once registered, the user can save models, parameters, and results in a free evaluation period for upwards of four weeks. The simulation models are graphic-interactive featuring practical tested models compiled from physical oriented application libraries.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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.