What does it take to win the Nobel prize? Being smart helps. Being associated with MIT is another plus. Over 50 current or former members of the MIT community have won the Nobel prize—including H. Robert Horvitz, who shared the Nobel prize in physiology in 2002. Eight members of the MIT community won prizes in 2001, in five different fields. In all, 22 professors, 23 alumni, 13 researchers, and one staff physician have won Nobel Prizes. Eleven of them are currently associated with MIT. The lion's share (25) of awards have been in physics, followed by economics (11), and chemistry (10).
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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