Linux supporters are making several moves to allay potential user concerns over the lawsuits filed by The SCO Group. The Open Source Development Labs consortium hopes to establish a $10 million legal fund with donations from concerned users and corporations (www.osdl.org/newsroom/press_releases/2004/2004_01_12_beaverton.html). Companies such as Novell Inc., which just acquired SUSE Linux Corp., are making sure customers won't be hit by legal issues (www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity). Novell recently established an indemnification program that protects them from copyright infringement payouts.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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