COFES, the Congress On the Future of Engineering Software, takes place April 1-4 in Scottsdale, AZ. The event is presented as a think tank for great minds to exchange ideas and discuss practices. Headlining the event will be keynote speaker John Koza, inventor of genetic programming. Also on the agenda: Congress sessions—open forums for mechanical and AEC; technology-suite briefings by COFES sponsors; and analyst briefings. To apply for an invitation to COFES2004, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3845-511.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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